Denver Broncos Offensive Lineman Player Profile: Ryan Clady


Jan 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tackle Ryan Clady (78) against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Unlike fans, players probably aren’t concerned as much about team names and colors when they enter the league.  It is unlikely a player will be on a pro team that shares the same colors and mascot name as their college.  Ryan Clady is the exception, however, because after completing his college career for the Boise State Broncos, he stayed in the Rocky Mountains and became a Denver Bronco.  Continue reading for other facts about the Bronco offensive lineman.

Birth date and location: September 6, 1986 – Long Beach, CA, (age 26)

Height: 6-6

Weight: 315

Jersey number: 78

High school: Eisenhower High School (Rialto, CA)

College: Boise State University

NFL Draft: 2008 (Round 1 / Pick 12)

Years pro: 5

Games played: 80

Games started: 80

Awards / accomplishments:

  • Pro Bowl (2009, 2011, and 2012)
  • First-team All -Pro (2009 & 2012)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2008)
  • Received Ed Block Courage Award after suffering knee injury prior to 2010 season and starting all 16 games
  • Became fourth offensive linemen in history of National Football League to start every game (through five years)
  • Allowed fewest sacks (1.0) among tackles who started all 16 games in 2012
  • Did not allow a full sack in his first 20 starts according to Stats Inc., marking the longest such streak by a tackle to begin his career since at least 1994
  • Became the first offensive lineman to be named Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week in the five-year history of the award for his play vs. the Kansas City Chiefs (12/7/08)
  • Consensus All-American (2007)
  • Second-team  All-American (2006)
  • First-team All-Western Athletic Conference (2006 & 2007)

Interesting Facts:

  • Currently labeled as reserve/franchise player for the Broncos and is not listed on active roster
  • Denver’s highest selected offensive lineman since Chris Hinton in 1983
  • One of three players from 2008 draft class to start every possible game over the last five years
  • During  2007 Fiesta Bowl against University of Oklahoma, threw a key block for Ian Johnson in the game-winning Statue of Liberty play
  • Majored in Communications while at Boise State
  • Chris Clady, Ryan’s brother, lettered as defensive lineman at Colorado State University – Pueblo in 2009

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