Ryan Clady

Ryan Jacob Clady (born September 6, 1986) is a former American football offensive tackle who played nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Boise State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. The Denver Broncos selected Clady in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he was named to four Pro Bowls in his eight years with the team. He also played one season for the New York Jets.

Ryan Clady
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Clady with the Denver Broncos in 2009
No. 78
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born:September 6, 1986 (age 32)
Long Beach, California
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Rialto (CA) Eisenhower
College:Boise State
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:107
Games started:106
Fumbles recovered:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Clady was born in Long Beach, California.[1] He attended Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California and was a letterman in football and track. He was also a first-team All-Citrus Belt League selection, a first-team All-San Bernardino County selection, and a first-team All-California Interscholastic Federation Division I selection.

In track & field, Clady competed in the shot put (PR of 15.90m) and the discus throw (PR of 46.41m).[2]

Clady graduated from Eisenhower High School in 2004. Rated only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was not ranked among the nation's top offensive tackle prospects.[3]

College career

Clady attended Boise State University, where he played for the Boise State Broncos football team from 2004 to 2007. He redshirted as a freshman in 2004. He earned the starting right tackle position at the beginning of the 2005 season and started 13 of 13 games. He was voted to several dotcoms' second and third team All-American squads. He was moved to the left side before the 2006 campaign, starting all 13 games. Clady earned first team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors following his sophomore season and was also named to the prestigious SI.com Second-team All-American squad. In 2007, he started each game he played for Boise State and was once again a First-team All-WAC selection. Clady also made several First-team All-American rosters.

Clady was part of Boise State's historic 43–42 overtime win over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl. In that game, many scouts first were able to see Clady on a national stage, and marveled at how well Clady handled Oklahoma pass rushers.[4] He also had the key block for Ian Johnson in the game-winning Statue of Liberty play.

Professional career

2008 NFL Draft

Clady drew comparisons to Chris Samuels.[5] He was selected by the Denver Broncos, with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Clady was the highest drafted player in Boise State history and the 11th to be selected in the 1st round. He was also Denver's highest selected offensive lineman since Chris Hinton in 1983. The Broncos signed him to a five-year deal worth $46.75 million. It was reported to guarantee $23.375 million.[6]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 6 18 in
(1.98 m)
309 lb
(140 kg)
5.18 s 1.81 s 2.96 s 4.73 s 7.07 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 0 in
(2.74 m)
24 reps 23
Height, weight, bench and Wonderlic from NFL Combine; all others from Boise State Pro Day

Denver Broncos

Clady started every game during the 2008 NFL season and gave up just a half of a sack while committing only three penalties.[7] Following Week 12 of the 2008 NFL season, Peter King of Sports Illustrated said Clady was the third-best rookie overall.[8] On December 12, 2008, Clady won the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week award, after his game against the Kansas City Chiefs. That was the first time all season that a lineman, either offensive or defensive, won the award.[9]

Clady finished third in voting behind Matt Ryan and Chris Johnson for the 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.[10] He was the only offensive lineman to receive any votes. He was the only starting NFL offensive lineman to give up less than one sack for the entire season. He was named to the Associated Press NFL All-Pro Second Team behind Michael Roos and Jordan Gross.[11]

In 2009, The Sporting News listed Clady as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the NFL.[12] After the Broncos' October 4, 2009 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Clady set a new NFL record for consecutive games to start a career without giving up a full sack. Through 20 games, he has surrendered only half of a sack.[13] Clady was named a starter for the 2009 Pro Bowl and was named First-team All-Pro by the Sporting News and Associated Press after the 2009 season.

On April 28, 2010, Clady injured his patella tendon while playing basketball but did not miss a game the following season.[14]

In 2011, Clady played all 16 games and was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster along with teammate Willis McGahee. After the season, the Broncos tried to sign Clady to a long-term deal and offered him a 5-year $50 million deal with $28 million guaranteed, but he refused.

In the 2012 season, Clady allowed just one sack the entire season. Towards the end of the season, he tore a labrum in his right shoulder, but still did not miss any time. He played the last few games of the season including the playoffs with the injury, and had surgery to repair it only after the season ended. He was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl but did not play because of his shoulder injury.[15]

On March 1, 2013, in order to prevent Clady from becoming an unrestricted free agent, the Broncos assigned him with the franchise tag worth $9.823 million. On July 14, 2013. Clady agreed to a new contract with the Broncos worth $52.5 million for five years. Of that, $33 million is guaranteed over the first three years of the contract. There is a maximum of $5 million in incentives attached to the deal. If Clady is named to the Associated Press's All-Pro team, then he would receive an extra $500,000 each subsequent season. Should he be named to the team a second time, he will receive an extra $1.5 million. The deal came one day prior to the July 15 Deadline to extend "franchise tagged" Players.

On September 18, 2013, Clady was placed on season-ending injured reserve, due to a Lisfranc injury he suffered during a week two matchup against the New York Giants.[16] The Denver Broncos signed Winston Justice to replace his roster spot. Without Clady, the Broncos finished the 2013 season with the #1 offense and a 13-3 record. They reached Super Bowl XLVIII, but lost 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks.[17]

Clady played in the 2015 Pro Bowl, earning his fourth appearance based on play during the 2014 season.

On May 28, 2015, Clady tore his ACL during OTA's. He was placed on injured reserve and sat out for the 2015 season.[18]

On February 7, 2016, Clady was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10,[19] but he did not play in the game due to his previously torn ACL.

New York Jets

On April 9, 2016, Clady and a seventh round pick were traded to the New York Jets in exchange for a fifth round pick.[20] On April 10, he signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Jets, including a club option for 2017. He was placed on injured reserve on November 9, 2016 with a shoulder injury. It was reported he was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff and missed the rest of the season after having surgery.[21]

On February 15, 2017 the Jets declined Clady's $10 million option, making him an unrestricted free agent.[22]


On August 1, 2017, Clady announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons, tweeting, "I'm excited about what life holds for me going forward."[23] On December 30, 2017, he signed an unofficial ceremonial contract with the Broncos to retire as a member of the team. Clady appeared on a Bleacher Report NFL 4/20 special. Now retired, he is very open about his habit of smoking marijuana. Even making claims that he was a regular user of the drug during his playing career in the NFL for sleep and pain management.


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  2. ^ https://www.trackingfootball.com/players/ryan-clady-7820/
  3. ^ "Ryan Clady Profile". Rivals.com.
  4. ^ Smith, Michael David (April 14, 2008). "A Boise State Fiesta Bowl Hero Looks Like a Top 10 N.F.L. Draft Pick". New York Times..
  5. ^ "Pro Football War Room: Ryan Clady Profile". SportingNews.com. Retrieved May 28, 2009.
  6. ^ Ryan Clady
  7. ^ http://hosted.stats.com/fb/playerstats.asp?id=8789&team=7
  8. ^ Monday Morning Quarterback, Week 14
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 4, 2009. Retrieved January 3, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ QB Ryan landslide winner as top offensive rookie
  11. ^ Falcons' Turner among 15 newcomers on All-Pro team
  12. ^ Sporting News Offensive Tackle Ratings 2009
  13. ^ "Ryan Clady's record-setting streak continues". BroncoTalk. October 8, 2009. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  14. ^ "Sources: Clady says he's out 3 months". ESPN. Associated Press. April 28, 2010. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  15. ^ NFL 2013 Pro Bowl Rosters
  16. ^ Wesseling, Chris (September 16, 2013). "Ryan Clady's Lisfranc sprain has Broncos fearing worst". NFL.com. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  17. ^ "Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - February 2nd, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  18. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "Clady has torn ACL". NFL.com. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  19. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  20. ^ "Jets acquire Ryan Clady in trade with Broncos". NFL.com.
  21. ^ Lange, Randy (November 9, 2016). "Devin Smith Activated, Ryan Clady Goes to IR". NewYorkJets.com.
  22. ^ Jackson, Zac (February 15, 2017). "Jets decline option, making Ryan Clady a free agent". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  23. ^ Patra, Kevin (August 1, 2017). "Veteran LT Ryan Clady announces retirement from NFL". NFL.com.

External links

2007 Boise State Broncos football team

The 2007 Boise State Broncos football team represented Boise State University in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Broncos, led by second year head coach Chris Petersen, play their home games at Bronco Stadium, most famous for its blue artificial turf surface, often referred to as the "smurf-turf", and were members of the Western Athletic Conference. The Broncos finished the season 10–3, 7–1 in WAC play and failed to win the WAC for the first time since 2001. They were invited to the Hawaii Bowl, where they were defeated by East Carolina, 41–38.

2007 College Football All-America Team

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2008 All-Pro Team

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2009 All-Pro Team

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2012 All-Pro Team

There are three 2012 All-Pro Teams—one each named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and Sporting News—for performance in the 2012 NFL season. While none of these have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2013 Pro Bowl), they are included (separately) in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro."

The AP team, with first- and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of 50 NFL writers; the Sporting News selection process used a panel of 27 NFL coaches and executives, while the PFWA team is chosen by polling its 300+ members.

2013 Denver Broncos season

The 2013 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League and the 54th overall. It also marked the 30th under the ownership of Pat Bowlen, the second with Peyton Manning as the team's starting quarterback and the third under head coach John Fox.

Following a heartbreaking loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round of the 2013 playoffs, the Broncos entered the 2013 season as favorites to win Super Bowl XLVIII. However, the team underwent a tumultuous offseason that was dominated by the suspension of All-Pro linebacker Von Miller as well as several injuries to the offensive line. Notable offseason additions include the free agent acquisitions of wide receiver Wes Welker, linebacker Shaun Phillips, safety Quentin Jammer and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Roster departures include wide receiver Brandon Stokley, linebackers Elvis Dumervil and D. J. Williams, and running back Willis McGahee.

Throughout the regular season, numerous individual, league and franchise records were set, including Peyton Manning setting new NFL records for passing touchdowns and passing yardage, as well as the team setting new NFL records for touchdowns and points scored in a single season. During the team's mid-season bye week, head coach John Fox received a health scare that resulted in Fox missing four games due to recuperation from heart surgery. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio served as the team's interim head coach during Fox's absence.

The Broncos won their third consecutive AFC West division title, as well as earning a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs for a second consecutive season. The Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 24–17 in the Divisional round, the New England Patriots 26–16 in the AFC championship game, and faced the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII — the Broncos' first Super Bowl berth since winning back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998. However, the Broncos were unable to recover from a 22–0 halftime deficit, and the Seahawks' No. 1 ranked defense held the Broncos' No. 1 ranked offense to their lowest scoring output of the season, routing the Broncos by a score of 43–8.

2016 New York Jets season

The 2016 New York Jets season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, the 57th overall and the second under head coach Todd Bowles. The team failed to improve on their 10–6 record from 2015, and missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, instead finishing 5–11 and dead last in their division.

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The Boise State Broncos football program represents Boise State University in college football and competes in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos play their home games on campus at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho, and their head coach is Bryan Harsin. The program is 12–6 in bowl games since 1999, including a 3–0 record in the Fiesta Bowl.

Brian Xanders

Brian Xanders (born April 10, 1971) is an American football executive and former Florida State football player. He is the former general manager for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL), and currently is a senior personnel executive for the NFL's Los Angeles Rams.

Xanders is in his first season with the Rams, following a four-year run with the Detroit Lions, a five-year stint with the Broncos and a 14-year tenure with the Atlanta Falcons. For the Rams, Xanders works with all areas of the club’s player personnel department, including college scouting, pro personnel, coaching research, and football systems development.

The 2017 season marks Xanders’ 24th year in the NFL working in a variety of player personnel, scouting, football operations and coaching staff roles during his time at four teams (Los Angeles, Detroit, Denver and Atlanta). He has direct experience in player evaluations with the last 21 NFL Draft classes and 16 free agency periods.

During his tenure as the Broncos’ general manager, he engineered the personnel transformation where 90-percent of the team’s roster (55 of 61 players) were acquired through the draft, free agency or re-signed by the club. The four-year personnel foundation from 2009-2012, yielded 5 straight division titles and a 64-26 record from 2011-2015 (two Super Bowl appearances / Super Bowl 50 Champions).

The Broncos executed high-producing NFL Draft classes from 2009-12, which finished fifth in the NFL in playtime and third in games started during the four-year period. Those four draft classes became the second highest compensated draft classes in NFL history from 2012-2016. There are 22 primary starters (1+ year) on NFL teams from those draft classes, including six Pro Bowl players: LB Von Miller, WR Demaryius Thomas, CB Chris Harris Jr., TE Julius Thomas, DT Malik Jackson, and OG Zane Beadles.

Core Starters [2009-2012] - 22 (1+ year as a starter)

Pro Bowl Players - 6

Pro Bowl Appearances: 15 (3rd)

Total NFL Contract Value - $920M (2nd highest in NFL history)

Total Playtime (5th)

Games Played (6th)

Games Started (3rd)LB/Von Miller [2011 - 1] 7-year starter, 6 Pro Bowls, 5 NFL All-Pro

WR/Demaryius Thomas [2010 - 1] 6-year starter, 4 Pro Bowls, 2 NFL All-Pro

DC/Chris Harris [2011 - CFA] 5-year starter, 3 Pro Bowls, 3 NFL All-Pro

TE/Julius Thomas [2011 - 4] 5-year starter, 2 Pro Bowls

DT/Malik Jackson [2012 - 5] 4-year starter, 1 Pro Bowl

OG/Zane Beadles [2010 - 2] 8-year starter, 1 Pro Bowl

OT/Orlando Franklin [2011 - 2] 7-year starter

WR/Eric Decker [2010 - 3] 6-year starter

DT/Derek Wolfe [2012 - 2] 6-year starter

DE/Robert Ayers [2009 - 1] 4-year starter

DC/Perrish Cox [2010 - 5] 4-year starter

LB/Danny Trevathan [2012 - 6] 3-year starter

OC/J.D. Walton [2010 - 3] 3-year starter

FS/Rahim Moore [2011 - 2] 3-year starter

RB/Knowshon Moreno [2009 - 1] 3-year starter

TE/Virgil Green [2011 - 7] 3-year starter

6 players with 1-year as core starterThere were also eight other Pro Bowl players who were acquired, signed or extended during his tenure: QB Peyton Manning (FA, 2012-15), SS Brian Dawkins (UFA, 2009-11), WR Brandon Lloyd (FA, 2009-11), RB Willis McGahee (FA, 2011), CB Champ Bailey (re-signed, 2011), DE Elvis Dumervil (re-signed, 2010), WR Brandon Marshall (re-signed, 2010), and OT Ryan Clady (1st round, 2008).

During his tenure in Denver, he also supervised the day-to-day operations of the Broncos' college scouting, pro scouting, labor operations/salary cap, equipment, medical, video, football systems and football operations departments. He served on the NFL College Advisory, NFL Combine Selection and the NFL Statistics Committees. He was originally hired by Denver as assistant general manager in 2008.

Before joining the Broncos, he worked 14 seasons (1994-2008) with the Atlanta Falcons in various scouting, player personnel, football operations, coaching staff and technology/systems roles. Xanders was a member of the Falcons' defensive coaching staff on their 1998 team that became the first in franchise history to earn a Super Bowl berth (XXXIII). Selected by the Falcons to attend Stanford University's NFL Program for Managers in 2005, he has given presentations at several universities on NFL player personnel issues.

A former linebacker who played for Bobby Bowden at Florida State University from 1989-92, Xanders was a member of four bowl-winning teams with the Seminoles that had a 42-7 combined record. He was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference academic team selection and graduated from FSU with a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree in business management. Xanders and his wife of 18 years, Amy, have two children, Reid and Mary Claire and reside in Northville, Michigan. He participates with Habitat for Humanity charities, Homes for the Holidays, Detroit Soup Kitchen and Warrick Dunn Charities.

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Eisenhower High School (Rialto, California)

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (est. 1959), is located in Rialto, California, United States on the corner of Baseline Avenue and Lilac Ave. The school is named for U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Eisenhower High School is located in Rialto, California, which lies north of Interstate 10, between the cities of San Bernardino and Fontana. It is one of three comprehensive high schools in the Rialto Unified School District and serves a student population of approximately 2,400 in grades 9–12. Established in 1959, Eisenhower has served more than four generations of the community and prides itself on its outstanding programs.

Dwight D. Eisenhower High School has been awarded National Blue Ribbon School 1993 and California Distinguished School 1994.

Jason Smith (American football)

Jason Smith (born April 30, 1986) is a former American football offensive tackle. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams with the second overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Baylor University. Throughout his career, he was a member of the Rams, the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints.

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List of Pro Bowl players, W-Z

The following is a list of players, both past and current, who have been selected to play in the NFL's annual Pro Bowl game, beginning with the 1950 season.

Between 1938 and 1942, an NFL all star team played the league champion in the NFL All-Star Game. Participants in these games are not recognized by the NFL as Pro Bowlers, and they are not included in this list. No games were played between 1943 and 1950.

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Victor Butler

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