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ESPN Hiring Ex-NFL Quarterback Ryan Leaf as College Football Analyst

24 Dec 2000: Quarterback Ryan Leaf #16 of the San Diego Chargers looks to pass the ball during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Steelers defeated the Chargers 34-21.Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross  /Allsport
Ryan Leaf #16 | Jeff Gross/Getty Images

A former No. 2 overall pick has got himself a new gig in football.

Ryan Leaf, ex-NFL quarterback, has been hired by ESPN to be a college football analyst. Leaf will work alongside play-by-play commentator Clay Matvick, and will mostly call games on ESPN2 and ESPNU.

This is a bit of a promotion for the former Washington State quarterback, as last season, he worked for the Pac-12 Network.

Leaf's name forever lives in infamy when it comes to NFL Draft busts. After being selected by the then-San Diego Chargers in 1998, Leaf had difficulty living up to the high expectations. Leaf found himself out of the league in four years, and dealt with a bevy of personal issues. Leaf spent two years in prison following his arrest for breaking into a Montana home to steal prescription drugs.

Leaf used his prison sentence to get back on the right path. One of those was to pursue a career in sportscasting, as he graduated from Washington State with a broadcast journalism degree.

After learning the ropes from former athletes-turned-broadcasters, Leaf continues to stay close to the game he loves, and now on perhaps the largest platform in sports media.