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Ex-Cougar Leaf to surrender in Texas

Ex-Chargers QB wanted in drug, burglary case

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, seen working with West Texas A&M offense in this 2006 photo, was arrested Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at the U.S.-Canada border.
 (Associated Press)
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, seen working with West Texas A&M offense in this 2006 photo, was arrested Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at the U.S.-Canada border. (Associated Press)
Associated Press

CANYON, Texas — Former NFL quarterback and WSU player Ryan Leaf will surrender on drug and burglary charges in Texas, according to his lawyer.

Bill Kelly said late Thursday that Leaf is “not a fugitive from justice” and will return next week.

Prosecutor Lacy Miller says a warrant was issued May 20 when Leaf was indicted. Miller says Leaf has been working in British Columbia.

The ex-Washington State University and San Diego Chargers quarterback is charged with burglary to a habitation. Leaf also was indicted on seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance.

Leaf coached quarterbacks at West Texas A&M in Canyon, where the indictment was returned.

Leaf, a Great Falls, Mont., native, led Washington State to the Pac 10 Conference championship and Rose Bowl appearance. The Chargers made him the second pick of the 1998 NFL draft. He played for the Chargers from 1998-2000 and also played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2001. He threw for 3,666 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career.

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