FORMER NFL SURE THING
The No. 2 overall pick in the 1998 draft recently wrote 596 Switch, detailing his rise to national prominence playing QB at Washington State.
Why do you think there was debate in the Colts' war room about whether to draft you or Peyton Manning with the No. 1 pick?
RYAN LEAF: I was talented. But at that level, maturity and the [ability to deal] with failure is a huge factor. The scrutiny they put into the players [today] is a lot different than it was 13 years ago.
When's the last time you talked to Peyton?
RL: It's been a couple of years. We text each other. He and his family have always been great to me.
Did you ever root against him?
But was it hard to be compared to him so much?