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November 14, 2011
Ryan Leaf
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November 14, 2011

Just My Type

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RL: I asked a kid who I was coaching. If ever I'm starting to feel that I'm better than anybody, I look in the mirror and tell myself, You went to that point; you took advantage of a young man who looked up to you. That is the lowest I could have gone, because I loved those kids.

DP: After you were arrested on drug charges, did you think you were going to prison?

RL: I didn't know. I was indifferent. I'm pleased that I didn't; I'm on probation. But I'm also very thankful it happened. Because if it didn't, I wouldn't be in the place that I am right now.

DP: How's your health after surgery for a brain tumor?

RL: I have to do six weeks of radiation starting Nov. 14. I'm a little worried. I don't know what the side effects are. I heard I'm going to lose my hair.

DP: That's good hair, too. Is part of the tumor still there?

RL: They got 90% of it. But it's in a place where the growth is protruding on my brain stem. It's problematic.

DP: Is it painful?

RL: It hasn't been.

DP: Has the NFL asked you to speak at the Rookie Symposium?

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