Ryan Pickett

Ryan Lamonte Pickett Sr. (born October 8, 1979) is a former American football nose tackle who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Ohio State. Pickett was selected with the 29th pick of the first round in the 2001 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He also played for the Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans. With the Packers, he beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.

Ryan Pickett
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Pickett with the Packers in 2011
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Position:Nose tackle
Personal information
Born:October 8, 1979 (age 39)
Zephyrhills, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:340 lb (154 kg)
Career information
High school:Zephyrhills (FL)
College:Ohio State
NFL Draft:2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:577
Forced fumbles:1
Fumble recoveries:2
Pass deflections:32
Player stats at NFL.com

High school career

Pickett was a consensus All-American selection, named one of the top 25 players in the country by the National Recruiting Advisor and earned All-State honors at Zephyrhills High. He recorded 119 tackles with seven sacks as a senior.

Pickett was also a force for the Zephyrhills basketball team, averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. He also was the school's first baseman on the baseball team until his senior season.

College career

Pickett played college football at Ohio State University from 1998 to 2000. He was a three-year starter and played both defensive tackle positions. Pickett played in every game as a true freshman and started the final nine games at right defensive tackle. He totaled 22 stops (17 solo), two sacks, and five tackles for loss. As a sophomore, Ryan started the whole season at right defensive tackle. He also was named All-Big Ten honorable mention with career-highs of 48 tackles (34 solo) and three sacks. In Pickett's junior season, he switched sides and played left defensive tackle. He totaled 39 tackles (21 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles in 1999. After Pickett's junior season he chose to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 2 18 in
(1.88 m)
309 lb
(140 kg)
4.98 s 4.48 s 30 in
(0.76 m)
All values from Ohio State Pro Day, except for height and weight, which were measured at the NFL Combine[1][2]

St. Louis Rams (2001-2005)

Pickett was selected with the 29th pick of the first round in the 2001 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. On July 28, 2001, Pickett signed a five-year, $5.995 million contract with the Rams.[3] Pickett's contract includes a $2.615 million signing bonuses. His base salaries were $504,000 in 2001, $530,000 in 2002, $656,000 in 2003, $782,000 in 2004 and $908,000 in 2005.[4]

In his rookie season with the Rams, Pickett took a backup role on the defensive front along with playing some special teams. He played 11 games during his rookie year with 19 tackles and half a sack. He helped the Rams into Super Bowl XXXVI, eventually to lose to the New England Patriots 17-20. In 2002, Pickett had a breakout year starting 14 games at left defensive tackle and finishing the season second on the team in tackles with 67 (45 solo). In 2003 and 2004 he maintained his above average play at the defensive tackle and nose tackle positions for the St. Louis Rams and was a vital part of their defense both in the regular season and in playoff contests. In 2005, Pickett had his highest statistical season to date. He started all 16 of the Rams games and racked up a career high 65 tackles (47 solo), which was the highest total for any defensive lineman in the NFL that season. After the 2005 season Pickett became a highly touted unrestricted free agent.

Green Bay Packers (2006-2013)

BJ Raji, A. J. Hawk and Ryan Pickett - San Francisco vs Green Bay 2012
Ryan Pickett (right) with B. J. Raji and A. J. Hawk.

On March 17, 2006, the Green Bay Packers signed Pickett to a four-year, $14-million free-agent contract.[5] In his first season with the Packers, Pickett started in all 16 of the Packers regular season games and collected 92 tackles (45 solo), one fumble recovery, and a career-best seven passes defensed. In 2007 Pickett played in 14 games (14 starts) and totaled 39 tackles and recorded his first sack as a Packer. In 2008, he had 48 tackles, started all 16 games, and registered 1.5 sacks and knocked away three passes. In 2009, Pickett accepted the new role to the sole nose tackle position with Dom Capers using the new 3-4 defense style. Pickett started 13 games with 33 tackles and 2 passes defended.

On February 25, 2010, the Packers applied their Franchise Tag on Pickett, but eventually signed him to a 4-year, $28 million deal on March 12, 2010. With B. J. Raji gaining playing time, Pickett transition to defensive end as the Packers mostly used a 3-4 type defense but sometimes played defensive tackle during 4-3 scheme usages. During the 2010 year, Pickett played 14 games with 32 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defended, and 1 fumble recovery.

Pickett trailed only Charles Woodson as the longest-tenured NFL player on the Packers' defense. He started and had two tackles in Super Bowl XLV but, more importantly, was instrumental in one of the game's biggest plays. On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Pittsburgh Steelers were trailing the Packers 21-17, but had a second-and-two at the Packers' 33-yard-line. Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall took a handoff and was immediately met in the backfield by Pickett. Pickett had Mendelhall wrapped up, allowing Clay Matthews to force a fumble by sandwiching Mendenhall between himself and Pickett. Packers' linebacker Desmond Bishop recovered the fumble and the Packers offense would march down the field to extend their lead to 28-17. The Packers would go on to a 31-25 victory, bringing Green Bay their first championship title in fourteen years.[6][7]

In the 2011 season, Pickett continued his role at defensive end while B. J. Raji took over as the sole nose tackle. Pickett finished the year starting 14 games with 33 tackles and 2 passes defended. The Packers finished the season with a 15-1 record for an NFC North pennant, but lost to the New York Giants by a score of 20-37 in the divisional round.

In the 2012 season, Pickett started all 16 games with 51 tackles and 1 pass defended. The Packers clinched another NFC North pennant with an 11-5 record, but lost in the divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 31-45.

In the 2013 season, the defensive line was marred by various injuries, as Pickett regained his role as the sole nose tackle while B. J. Raji played defensive end. Pickett played all 16 games at nose tackle with 19 tackles and 2 passes defended. The Packers clinched yet another NFC North pennant with an 8-7-1 record, but again lost to the 49ers 20-23 in the Wild Card round.

Houston Texans (2014)

In response of Louis Nix III going on injured reserve due to knee injuries, Pickett was signed by the Houston Texans on September 24, 2014.[8] Pickett made 13 starts with 20 tackles and 3 passes defended.

Personal life

Pickett's primary home is in San Diego, California, and he spends most of his time there when he's not in Green Bay or traveling with the team. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents to six children, the youngest of whom is six-years-old.

Pickett is a Christian.[9]

In 2012, he formed The Ryan Pickett Foundation, which addresses issues in foster care by providing emotional and monetary relief to children who were placed within the foster care system. Proceeds are split equally between The American Foundation of Counseling Services of Green Bay and Casa de Amparo in San Diego.[10]

Through his foundation, Pickett hosted his first Celebrity Golf Classic in 2013 at the Barona Creek Golf Course in Lakeside, California, just outside San Diego. His celebrity guests included Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Marshall Faulk and Sterling Sharpe among others.[11]


  1. ^ "Ryan Pickett". NFL Draft Scout.com. March 25, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2009.
  2. ^ CNNSI.com
  3. ^ St. Louis Post-Dispatch.com
  4. ^ Belleville News-Democrat July 29, 2001
  5. ^ "Green Bay Inks Unrestricted Free Agent Ryan Pickett". Archived from the original on February 21, 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2008.
  6. ^ "Mendenhall's fumble turned tide for Pack".
  7. ^ "Super Bowl XLV Box Score".
  8. ^ http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/374/ryan-pickett
  9. ^ "The Green Bay Packers and their history as a Christian Faith-based Team".
  10. ^ "The Ryan Pickett Foundation (About)". The Ryan Pickett Foundation.
  11. ^ "Ryan Pickett Celebrity Golf Classic". The Ryan Pickett Foundation.

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2000 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

The 2000 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Buckeyes compiled an 8–4 record, including a 38–26 loss to rival Michigan in Columbus in the regular season finale and a 24–7 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2001 Outback Bowl. The losses dropped head coach John Cooper's record to 2–10–1 in Michigan–Ohio State games and 3–8 in bowl games, contributing to his dismissal from the team on January 2, 2001.

2002 St. Louis Rams season

The 2002 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 65th season in the National Football League, the 8th season in St. Louis and the thrid under head coach Mike Martz.

Fresh off their trip from Super Bowl XXXVI which ended with a loss to the 11–5 Patriots, the Rams collapsed and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1998, losing their first five games.

The season saw the emergence of new quarterback Marc Bulger, who filled in for an injured Kurt Warner and Jamie Martin. The Rams won six straight games where Bulger started and finished, but his season ended in Week 16 at Seattle.

However, the Rams did end the season on a high note with a 31–20 victory at home against the 49ers in Week 17 and they finished the season with a 7–9 record.

2004 St. Louis Rams season

The 2004 St. Louis Rams season was the team’s 67th year with the National Football League and the tenth season in St. Louis.

Although the Rams’ record was good enough to qualify for the postseason, they did so without posting a winning record. Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the 2004 Rams were, play-for-play, the worst team to make the playoffs in the site's rating history. This was also the last time the Rams made the playoffs until 2017, when the franchise returned to Los Angeles; thus, this was the team’s final playoff appearance in St. Louis.

The season is memorable for the Rams drafting running back Steven Jackson with the 24th pick of the 2004 NFL Draft. During the season, the Rams relied less on Marshall Faulk, who was slowed by age and injuries, forcing Jackson to garner a bulk of the carries. He finished the season with 673 rushing yards despite seeing limited action.

The Rams, in the playoffs, defeated their rival Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard round, but their 10th season in St. Louis ended in a 17–47 blowout to the Atlanta Falcons in the next round.

For the first time this season, the Rams completed a 2–0 regular season sweep of the rival Seahawks. They would not accomplish this again until 2015.

2005 St. Louis Rams season

The 2005 St. Louis Rams season was the franchise's 68th year with the National Football League and the 11th season in St. Louis. They tried to improve on their previous output in which they won eight games. Instead, they collapsed and finished the season with a 6–10 record. From 2006 onwards the Rams collapsed: during the subsequent nine seasons in St. Louis, would never subsequently make the playoffs or have a winning record (although they almost made it into the playoffs in 2010 but lost to the Seahawks in their last game to lose the division), whilst their 6–42 record between 2007 and 2009 was the worst for such a period by any team between the World War II Chicago Cardinals and the 2015 to 2017 Cleveland Browns.

The news broke on October 10 when head coach Mike Martz announced he was leaving the team indefinitely after being diagnosed with a bacterial infection. A day before that, he coached his last game in a home loss against Seattle. Joe Vitt took over the sidelines for the rest of the season. Though Martz was medically cleared to return, management refused to let him do so and he was fired the day after the final regular season game. Several players said they enjoyed having Martz as their head coach.

As second-year running back Steven Jackson earned the starting position, this year was the final season for future Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk. He retired the following season due to knee injuries.

2012 Green Bay Packers season

The 2012 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 94th season overall and their 92nd in the National Football League, and the seventh under head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers won the NFC North division title for the second year in a row with an 11–5 record. The Packers lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the eventual NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers by the score of 45-31, finishing with a postseason record of 1-1.

The Packers offense finished the season fifth in points and eleventh in yards per game. The defense finished eleventh in points allowed and twenty-second in yards allowed per game.

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Franchise tag

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Perhaps originally designed to reduce player movement to bigger markets, which is often evidenced in the other major pro sports leagues, the NFL revenue sharing and a hard salary cap have placed teams on an even playing field relative to salaries. The tag options allow NFL franchises an extended bargaining period for a player that they feel is key to their success. Usually reserved for players of great skill or of high importance to the team, a franchise tag allows a team's general manager the privilege of strategically retaining valuable free-agent players while seeking talent through the NFL draft or other acquisitions without exceeding the League's salary cap.

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Pickett is an English surname. It is a variant form of Pigott. Notable people with the surname include:

Albert J. Pickett (1810–1858), American historian

Allistair Pickett (born 1973), Australian rules footballer

Bill Pickett (c. 1870 – ?), American cowboy and rodeo performer

Bob Pickett (American football) (1932–2010), American footballer

Bobby Pickett (1938–2007), American singer

Brad Pickett (born 1978), British mixed martial arts fighter

Byron Pickett (born 1977), Australian rules footballer

Carroll Pickett (born 1933), American Presbyterian minister

Charles E. Pickett (1866–1930), American politician from Iowa

Cindy Pickett (born 1947), American actress

Cody Pickett (born 1980), Canadian footballer

Cornelius A. Pickett (1902–1990), American politician and Mayor of Houston, Texas (1941-43)

Dan Pickett, (born 1968), American technology entrepreneur, private equity investor and philanthropist

Dan Pickett (musician) (1907–1967), American Piedmont blues and country blues singer, guitarist and songwriter

George Pickett (1825–1875), United States Army officer and Confederate general

Harry Pickett (1862–1907), English cricketer

Hugh Pickett (1913–2006), Canadian impresario

Jay Pickett (born 1961), American actor

Joe Pickett (born 1956), American politician from Texas

John Pickett (disambiguation), several people

Joseph Pickett (painter) (1848–1918), American painter

Justin Pickett, British actor

Keri Pickett (born 1959), American photographer and filmmaker

Lucy Weston Pickett (1904–1997), American chemist and zoologist

Owen B. Pickett (1930–2010), American former politician from Virginia

Michael Pickett, Canadian blues singer

Phil Pickett (born 1948), English composer, musician and record producer

Philip Pickett (born 1950), English musician

Reg Pickett (born 1927), English former professional footballer

Rex Pickett (born 1958), American writer

Ricky Pickett (born 1970), American baseball player

Ritchie Pickett (born 1955), New Zealand singer/songwriter

Ryan Pickett (born 1979), American football player

Shane Pickett (1957–2010), Australian artist

Ted Pickett (1909–2009), Australian sportsman

Tim Pickett (born 1981), American basketball player

Tina Pickett (born 1943), American politician from Pennsylvania

Tom Pickett (outlaw) (1858–1934), American cowboy and professional gambler

Tom Pickett (1906–1980), American politician from Texas

Tony Pickett (born 1953), former Australian rules footballer

Wilson Pickett (1941–2006), American rock and roll singer-songwriter

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Popular sources typically suggest that Ryan means "little king" or "illustrious", although the original meaning of the name is obscure.

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