Former NFL Athlete
Chair of the Focused Intensity Foundation
Ryan Leaf is an advocate for those struggling with mental and behavioral health issues and encourages audiences to transform the way we think about mental health issues and addiction. Ryan works to destigmatize mental and behavioral health illnesses and says, “asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness”.
During his professional NFL career, he played with the San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and the Seattle Seahawks. The pressure to perform on such an elite level was more than he was prepared to deal with and Ryan’s performance on the field suffered greatly. His inability to cope healthily with the stresses of the NFL, and as he puts it, “live life on life’s terms,” lead to the eventual demise of his professional football career.
Now author and motivational speaker, Ryan shares his message of perseverance, gratitude, and hope. Ryan His motto of “Focused Intensity” is helping mentor young athletes on the high school and collegiate levels. Ryan serves as a guest analyst on numerous national radio shows while writing and speaking nationwide.