Ryan Leaf is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor

Ryan Leaf, former quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and second overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft, is resting at home after having a benign tumor removed from his brain stem. Here's more from the Associated Press:

The 35-year-old Leaf had been experiencing headaches, dizziness and blurred vision before seeing a doctor May 18, his publicist, Margo Myers, told The Associated Press. He had surgery a week later at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., and was released Saturday.

Leaf released a statement after the surgery:

"I am looking forward to resting a bit and being with my family," Leaf said. "Thank you for all the prayers and support. My whole family truly appreciated it. This was just another bridge for me to cross, and I will continue to live each day to the fullest and give back where I can!"

It's encouraging to hear that he's keeping a positive attitude. Something as nightmarish as a brain tumor is positively devastating to an individual and a family, and it makes staying positive as vital as it is difficult.

There are still a lot of negative feelings towards Leaf among NFL fans (if you don't believe me, scroll down and read the comments here), despite the fact that he's been out of football for a while. Right now, he's just a guy trying to live his life and deal with his share of problems. Just like the rest of us.

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