Ryan Kerrigan

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Ryan Kerrigan
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Kerrigan with the Washington Redskins in 2014
No. 91 Washington Redskins
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-08-16) August 16, 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth: Muncie, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Muncie (IN) Central
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Tackles: 289
Quarterback sacks: 47.5
Pass deflections: 19
Interceptions: 2
Forced fumbles: 17
Touchdowns: 2
Player stats at NFL.com

Patrick Ryan Kerrigan (born August 16, 1988) is an American football outside linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Purdue, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American, and was drafted by the Redskins in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

Kerrigan was born in Muncie, Indiana. He attended Muncie Central High School, where he played defensive end and tight end for the Muncie Bearcats high school football team. As a senior he was an all-state selection after recording 90 tackles and 19 sacks as a defensive end. As a tight end he had 40 receptions for 789 yards and six touchdowns.

College career[edit]

Kerrigan attended Purdue University, where he played for the Purdue Boilermakers football team from 2007 to 2010. As a freshman in 2007, Kerrigan appeared in 12 games recording 18 tackles and a sack. As a sophomore in 2008 he started 11 of 12 games and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection after recording 56 tackles, seven sacks and an interception. As a junior in 2009 he was a second team All-American by Rivals.com and a first team All-Big Ten selection. He finished the season with 66 tackles and 12 sacks. Kerrigan was also awarded Purdue's "Pit Bull Award" in 2009, which was given to the player that exemplified and displayed tenacity and tough play.

Kerrigan was a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award during his senior season.[1]

After forcing two fumbles against the Michigan Wolverines, Kerrigan became the Big Ten's all-time leader in forced fumbles; his total of 12 forced fumbles set the (since-broken Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) career record.[2] Following his 2010 season, he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, was honored as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, as well as winning the The Bill Willis Trophy given to the top collegiate defensive lineman, and was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 3⅞ in 267 lb 33⅜ in 9½ in 4.71 s 1.61 s 2.72 s 4.39 s 7.18 s 33½ in 10 ft 2 in 31 reps x
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Washington Redskins[edit]

2011 season[edit]

Kerrigan was selected by the Washington Redskins with the sixteenth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. On July 29, 2011, the Redskins officially signed Kerrigan to a four-year, $8.72 million contract with a $4.842 million signing bonus.[5][6] Kerrigan was converted from a defensive end to an outside linebacker. He was made the starting left outside linebacker. During his NFL debut on September 11, 2011, Kerrigan tipped up and intercepted an errant pass from New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, subsequently scoring on a 9-yard scamper into the end zone.[7] On September 29, the NFL named him Defensive Rookie of the Month for September.[8] His rookie season was marked by dominant play. Some speculated Kerrigan would win Defensive Rookie of the Year.[9] At the end of the 2011 season, Kerrigan had started in all 16 games and recorded 63 combined tackles, 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, one interception, and one touchdown. On January 16, 2012, Kerrigan along with fellow rookie Roy Helu, were named to the Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America all-rookie team.[10]

2012 season[edit]

In Week 5 of the 2012 season against the Atlanta Falcons, Kerrigan tipped a pass thrown by Matt Ryan and intercepted it. He then ran the ball 28 yards for a touchdown, similar to what he did to Eli Manning in his first career game as a rookie.[11][12] In Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens, he managed to tackle Joe Flacco and tip his pass to Ray Rice enough so London Fletcher could intercept the ball; preventing the Ravens from scoring and allowing the Redskins to tie the score and eventually win in overtime.[13] Kerrigan would have a stellar performance against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, where he sacked Nick Foles twice, and stripped the ball during one of them; the ball was recovered by Richard Crawford.[14]

Kerrigan would have been added to the NFC roster of the 2013 Pro Bowl to replace Aldon Smith had the San Francisco 49ers won the NFC Championship Game to go to Super Bowl XLVII.[15]

2013 season[edit]

Kerrigan in the 2013 season.

In Week 3 of the 2013 season, Kerrigan tore his left knee's lateral meniscus.[16] Despite the injury, he started every game and tied his career-high in quarterback sacks and forced fumbles.

With the season over, he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear on January 2, 2014.[17]

2014 season[edit]

On May 2, 2014, the Redskins announced that they would pick up the fifth year option of Kerrigan's rookie contract, which will keep him on roster throughout the 2015 season for $7.038 million.[18] In the Week 2 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he recorded four of the ten sacks the team had against quarterback Chad Henne.[19] By the end of the season, Kerrigan had recorded new season career highs of 13.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.[20] With Kerrigan's cumulative total of 38 career sacks at the end of the 2014 season, he became the Redskins' sixth all-time franchise sack leader, two behind fellow starter Brian Orakpo.[21]

2015 season[edit]

Kerrigan was named the 78th best player on the 2015 listing of the NFL Top 100.[22] He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on May 20, 2015.[23] On July 29, Kerrigan signed a five-year, $57.5 million contract extension.[24]

NFL stats[edit]

2011 WSH 16 63 41 22 7.5 4 0 0 1 9 9 9 1 4
2012 WSH 16 54 42 12 8.5 2 1 0 1 28 28 28 1 8
2013 WSH 16 66 47 19 8.5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2014 WSH 16 64 51 13 13.5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2015 WSH 16 42 33 9 9.5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Career 80 289 214 75 47.5 17 2 0 2 37 19 28 2 19



  • GP: games played
  • COMB: combined tackles
  • TOTAL: total tackles
  • AST: assisted tackles
  • SACK: sacks
  • FF: forced fumbles
  • FR: fumble recoveries
  • FR YDS: fumble return yards
  • INT: interceptions
  • IR YDS: interception return yards
  • AVG IR: average interception return
  • LNG: longest interception return
  • TD: interceptions returned for touchdown
  • PD: passes defensed

Personal life[edit]

Kerrigan's father, Brendan, played football at Ball State. His brother, Kyle, was a member of the DePauw University swim team.

Kerrigan is half deaf as he has a severe loss of hearing in his left ear. His hearing loss was discovered when he was 8 and was caused by ear infection.[26][27]

Kerrigan created a charitable foundation in 2013 to serve children in his community. The mission of Ryan Kerrigan's Blitz for the Better Foundation is to provide opportunities, support and resources to children and families in need in the Greater Washington D.C. area.[28] The primary focus of the Foundation is to provide support to seriously ill, special needs and physically challenged children throughout Greater Washington D.C.[29]


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  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/19694/purdues-kerrigan-sets-records-in-loss
  3. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 12 (2011). Retrieved June 30, 2012.
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  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Gary. "Redskins Sign All 12 Draft Picks Prior to Camp". redskins.com. Washington Redskins. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Campbell, Rich (August 7, 2011). "A closer look at the Redskins' two biggest rookie contracts". WashingtonTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
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  8. ^ Jones, Mike (September 29, 2011). "Washington Redskins rookie Ryan Kerrigan named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2012-10-04. 
  9. ^ "49ers' Smith, Redskins' Kerrigan are top rookies", Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, November 3, 2011, http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/02/SPOD1LPNTA.DTL
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  11. ^ Graziano, Dan (October 8, 2012). "Ryan Kerrigan could save Redskins' defense". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
  12. ^ "Grading the Redskins: Good start, rocky finish for defense". CSNWashington.com. October 9, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 
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  14. ^ Tinsman, Brian (December 24, 2012). "Victory Monday Stats Pack: Redskins-Eagles". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  15. ^ Jones, Mike (January 20, 2013). "London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan will make Pro Bowl appearances". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  16. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (March 30, 2014). "Kerrigan's knee is 'pretty much 100-percent'". CSNWashington.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  17. ^ Keim, John (January 2, 2014). "Kerrigan to have minor surgery; talks 4-3". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  18. ^ Jones, Mike (May 2, 2014). "Redskins pick up fifth-year option on Ryan Kerrigan". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  19. ^ "Redskins-Jaguars Monday Stats Pack". Redskins.com. September 15, 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  20. ^ Walker, Andrew (December 26, 2014). "Consistency Is Key For Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  21. ^ Czarda, Stephen (December 11, 2014). "Ryan Kerrigan Now Sixth On Franchise's All-Time Sacks Leaderboard". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  22. ^ Walker, Andrew (May 20, 2015). "Ryan Kerrigan Named To NFL's 'Top 100' List". Redskins.com. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  23. ^ Jones, Mike (May 20, 2015). "Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan undergoes arthroscopic surgery on left knee". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  24. ^ Patra, Kevin (July 29, 2015). "Redskins sign Ryan Kerrigan to 5-year extension". NFL.com. Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  25. ^ "Ryan Kerrigan Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  26. ^ Boren, Cindy (May 25, 2011). "Stats, scores and schedules". The Washington Post. 
  27. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/25/hearing-loss-doesnt-hinder-ryan-kerrigan/
  28. ^ "Ryan Kerrigan's Blitz For The Better | A Prolanthropy-Managed Organizaition". www.ryankerrigan.org. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  29. ^ "Ryan Kerrigan's Blitz For The Better | A Prolanthropy-Managed Organizaition". www.ryankerrigan.org. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 

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