[i]It's one thing to fail as a professional football player. There's not necessarily any shame in that, because it's not a reflection of who you are as a person; just who you are as an athlete. So Ryan Leaf couldn't hack it in the NFL. Big deal. Neither can the overwhelming majority of the people in the world.
When the missteps go from on the field to off, though, it seems like it takes failure to a whole new level. That pushes someone from Akili Smith territory towards Lawrence Phillips territory. Akili Smith territory is better.
Leaf was indicted yesterday in Texas on seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance, and then the real kicker, one count of burglary of a habitation....[/i]