Ryan Clady

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Ryan Clady
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Ryan Clady during the 2009 NFL season.
No. 78     Denver Broncos
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-06) September 6, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: 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
Debuted in 2008 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2014
Games played 91
Games started 91
Fumbles recovered 3
Stats at NFL.com

Ryan Jacob Clady (born September 6, 1986) is an American football offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Boise State University, and earned consensus All-American honors. The Denver Broncos chose Clady in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, and he has been selected for the Pro Bowl three times.[1]

Early years[edit]

Clady was born in Long Beach, California.[2] 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).[3]

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.[4]

College career[edit]

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.[5] He also had the key block for Ian Johnson in the game-winning Statue of Liberty play.

Professional career[edit]

2008 NFL Draft[edit]

Clady drew comparisons to Chris Samuels.[6] 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.[7]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 7 in 319 lb 5.08 s 1.71 s 2.86 s 4.63 s 6.99 s 31 in 10 ft 0 in 34 reps 23
Height, weight, bench and Wonderlic from NFL Combine; all others from Boise State Pro Day

Denver Broncos[edit]

Clady started every game during the 2008 NFL season and gave up just a half of a sack while committing only three penalties.[8] Following Week 12 of the 2008 NFL season, Peter King of Sports Illustrated said Clady was the third-best rookie overall.[9] 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.[10]

Clady finished third in voting behind Matt Ryan and Chris Johnson for the 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.[11] 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.[12]

In 2009, The Sporting News listed Clady as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the NFL.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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 15th Deadline to extend "franchise tagged" Players.[citation needed]

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.[15] The Denver Broncos signed Winston Justice to replace his roster spot.

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