Ryan Leaf

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Ryan David Leaf is an advocate for those struggling with mental and behavioral health issues and encourages audiences to transform the way we think about mental health issues and addiction. Ryan works to eliminate the mental health stigma and says, “asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness!”

Leaf used his prison time as an opportunity to accomplish something of greater importance. Leaf describes the time in prison as a time of “spiritual growth and humility.”

Today, Ryan Leaf is the voice for the recovery community. His mission is to reach anyone in need of hope. At one time, Ryan felt completely consumed by his mental health issues and the only way to pacify his pain was with drugs. Out of that desolation, he hopes to inspire others to begin their road to recovery to see that happiness and health can always be achieved. He chooses to share his story dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse in order to reach the person who cannot yet imagine a better life for themselves. Ryan’s wish is to be an example that a better life is always possible.

Ryan is also a strong advocate for military servicemen and women. His father is a veteran and works with the foundation Merging Vets & Players (MVP), an organization comprised of a blend of combat veterans, players, coaches, and mentors, who understand what it means to overcome adversity, and who rise to face every challenge affecting the veteran community

Leaf is a college and NFL football analyst for ESPN, Westwood One Sports, and the PAC-12 Network. He continues to host his SiriusXM radio show on NFL, ESPNU, & PAC-12 Radio. He also travels the country and speaks to communities all over the country. His story in his own words is available where you get your podcasts. BUST: The Ryan Leaf Story.

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  • What is your favorite quote? It is what it is.
  • Are there any moments that stand out as having a significant impact on your career? Getting SOBER
  • Outside of your profession do you have any hobbies/interests? Golf, Fly Fishing, Movies, Hiking
  • Who do you look up to as a mentor and why? Kirk Herbstreit