5th Annual Welcome House Breakfast
Featuring Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf
Start your day with inspiration!
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:30 to 8:30 am
Overland Park Convention Center
Ryan Leaf, the former NFL rising star will share his triumphant story of recovery.
Special guest is Kansas City’s hometown hero and world-class golf icon Tom Watson.
Ways to support the Welcome House Breakfast
Amazing prizes, including a coveted round of golf with Tom Watson, are featured in the Welcome House Raffle. Participants need not be present to win!
Table Captains help us share the mission of Welcome House by inviting their friends, family or colleagues to the Breakfast. The event is free for Table Captains and Guests.
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About Ryan Leaf
After football failure, drug abuse, suicide attempt and prison, the NFL’s once rising star inspires others on the journey of recovery
As the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, Ryan Leaf had the talent and potential for a spectacular career in professional sports and an even better life.
Enter drugs and alcohol and there began his spiraling descent. From the heights of his days jetting from San Diego to Las Vegas, renting planes for $5,000 an hour, to eventually finding himself sitting on the floor of a prison cell.
As Leaf tells it, the behaviors and actions that led him to flame out of the NFL in a 4-year career split between the Chargers and Cowboys are the back story to what could have been a promising career as a professional athlete. His fall from grace eventually became the pathway to his greatest calling.
“I don’t believe I was meant to be a professional quarterback,” he says. “I was meant to have these life experiences and be an impact on others who’ve struggled.”
“The fact that I played football tends to get my foot in the door with closed-minded people who wouldn’t necessarily take a look at getting help,” he says, “Or maybe they can relate more to a guy who had everything – seemingly had everything – wasted it all, and has found this peaceful life.”