SPOKANE -- Former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf can now add author to his list of titles. Also on that list of titles are former Heisman Trophy finalist, NFL bust, drug addict, among others.
The controversial quarterback just wrote his first book called 596 Switch (set to be released on October 15th). It's the first of three books he's expected to write under a deal with Crimson Oak Publishing.
596 Switch is name of the play WSU would have run had the final two seconds not ticked off the clock at the end of the Rose Bowl against Michigan on January 1, 1998. As Leaf explains in the book, the "switch" portion of the title means much more than just the name of the play though.
Leaf's first book, that he actually penned without a ghostwriter, starts with him going through the college recruiting process in high school, and follows Leaf for the next four years at Washington State. The main focus of the book though is the 1997 season through the eyes of Leaf himself.
Leaf introduces you to a cast of characters that were his teammates and coaches during his time at WSU. His stories range from a recruiting trip to Miami where he hung out with Warren Sapp and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, throwing urine on a fan in Oregon (that's not a joke), and what it was like to play in the Cougars' first Rose Bowl in 67 years.
According to Leaf, the second book of the series will be about his addiction to pain killers and "being a failure." The third book won't come out for at least 10 to 15 years, because it's an autobiography. Leaf says he's too young to write an autobiography at this point.
Leaf was in Spokane on Thursday as part of his book tour. I sat down with him for an interview about his life, how he's changed, what he thinks about WSU football right now, and much more. You can watch the entire uncut interview with Leaf by clicking the following links (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).
Click here if you'd like to purchase Leaf's book 596 Switch (25% of the proceeds go back to Washington State University).