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Leaf Living the Harsh Life of an Addict

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Two summers ago, while visiting family in Montana, I pitched a column about Ryan Leaf’s recovery and healing. I love these kinds of stories, because as far as we think people have tumbled, and as big of jerks as they might have been at various points in their lives, I’ll always cling to the idea that humans can change.

I had run into Leaf at a charming downtown restaurant, and he said he’d be happy to talk because he, too, believed that who we were then doesn’t have to be who we are now. That phrase stuck with me, and I excitedly called my editor to describe what in my mind was the column’s opening scene.

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