Former Chargers quarterback Ryan Leaf needs radiation treatment for a brain tumor, according to published reports.
“I had most of the tumor removed back in May,” Leaf told the Seattle Times. “I’m very grateful and blessed that it was benign. I do have to go to Southern California and go through six weeks of radiation starting in the middle of November, but it’s just another bridge I need to cross.”
The 35-year-old had been experiencing dizziness and blurred vision before seeing a doctor.
Leaf, a Great Falls, Mont., native, starred at Washington State, and 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, but is considered one of the league's biggest draft busts.
In April, Leaf pleaded guilty to eight felony drug charges in Texas and received 10 years of probation. He has said he was addicted to prescription painkillers.