Ryan Leaf’s agent Leigh Steinberg is releasing a tell-all book called The Agent. One of the stories from the book that will get a lot of attention is the details surrounding the Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf decision that the Colts had. Steinberg claims that the Colts wanted Leaf but he didn’t want to go there because he preferred San Diego weather and laid back lifestyle:
“No way do I want to play in Indianapolis,” he told me, referring to the Colts, who owned the No. 1 pick. Instead, because of the exceptional weather and the more laid-back lifestyle, he preferred the San Diego Chargers, who would go second.
“That’s fine,” I warned him, “but the way to achieve this is not exactly going to help your image. You’ll get a lot of criticism.” Ryan didn’t care about his image, though, only his destination.
Steinberg even goes on to talk about how he convinced Leaf to skip a meeting with the Colts so they wouldn’t take him.
If this was Leaf’s first NFL decision and how he made it, then it really was a prelude of what was coming for his career. Ultimately, the Colts made the right choice with Manning and the rest was history.