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 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.
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. He also had the key block for Ian Johnson in the game-winning Statue of Liberty play.
2008 NFL Draft
Clady drew comparisons to Chris Samuels. 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.
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|Height, weight, bench and Wonderlic from NFL Combine; all others from Boise State Pro Day
Following Week 12 of the 2008 NFL season, Peter King of Sports Illustrated said Clady was the third-best rookie overall. 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.
Clady finished third in voting behind Matt Ryan and Chris Johnson for the 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. He was the only offensive lineman to receive any votes. Clady started every game during the 2008 NFL season and gave up just a half of a sack while committing only three penalties. 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.
As of May 2009, Sporting News lists Clady as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the NFL.
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 one half of a sack.
Clady was named a starter for the 2010 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.
On January 17, 2012, Clady was added to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster along with teammate Willis McGahee.