Ryan Lilja

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Ryan Lilja
Ryan Lilja at Super Bowl XLIV.jpg
Free agent
Position: Center / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1981-10-15) October 15, 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth: Kansas City, Missouri
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Shawnee Mission (KS) Northwest
College: Kansas State
Undrafted: 2004
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 111
Games started: 104
Fumbles Recovered: 1
Stats at NFL.com

Ryan Matthew Lilja (born October 15, 1981) is an American football center and guard. He has previously played for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Kansas State.

Early years[edit]

Ryan and his brothers were raised in Kansas City.[1] Lilja attended Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and was a student and a letterman in football and golf. In football, he was a three-year starter.

College career[edit]

He was a two-year starter at Coffeyville Community College before he transferred to Kansas State University, where he was a two-year player who started 14 of 23 career games. Lilja was named to the second-team All-Big Twelve squad in 2003.

Professional career[edit]

First stint with Chiefs[edit]

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Lilja as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2004 season. He was waived on September 5, 2004,[2] with the intention of signing him to the practice squad if he cleared waivers.

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

On September 6, 2004, Lilja was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts soon after the Chiefs waived him.

The Colts re-signed Lilja on February 19, 2008, to a five-year deal worth $20 million.

Lilja was released on March 8, 2010.[3] He started 59 of 66 games for them and two Super Bowls.

Second stint with Chiefs[edit]

On March 16, 2010, Lilja re-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.[4]

Denver Broncos[edit]

After announcing his retirement on December 31, 2012, Lilja agreed to terms to join the Denver Broncos on July 31, 2013.[5] He was released on August 31, 2013.


  1. ^ "Chiefs Bring Back Local NFL Player Ryan Lilja". Kansas City News. December 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Chiefs Sign Casey Wiegmann
  3. ^ Colts release
  4. ^ Former Colts lineman inks with Chiefs
  5. ^ Caldwell, Gray (July 31, 2013). "Broncos Agree to Terms with Lilja". DenverBroncos.com. Retrieved July 31, 2013. 

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