Ryan Leaf, an NFL bust who was taken by the San Diego Chargers at No. 2, added another twist in the Manning vs. Leaf draft debate from 1998. Leaf tweeted Thursday a picture he recently received of the letter that the late Thompson sent Irsay saying he wouldn’t give the Colts owner a $30 million loan for Manning, but he would do it if Indianapolis selected Leaf and made Leaf its franchise quarterback.
So I received this letter last week. It’s written by Hunter S Thompson to @Colts Owner Jim Irsay in 1998 a month before the NFL Draft. This is unbelievable, hysterical, & ludicrous!! Have a read. @richeisen and I will discuss today on @RichEisenShow at 11:00 AM PT. #mindblown pic.twitter.com/AWStCEiSTM
— Ryan D Leaf (@RyanDLeaf) July 5, 2018
Thompson wrapped up the Manning-Leaf letter by stating, “I expect to be very rich when this depp movie comes out,” referencing the 1998 film adaptation of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” starring Johnny Depp.
The movie bombed at the box office, costing an estimated $18.5 million to make and grossing $10.7 million in the United States, according to IMDB.com figures. Of course it’s become a cult classic. This is why you should always stay in your lane.