Clady de­cides to re­tire

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BASEBALL / NFL -

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Ryan Clady, the tal­ented and tow­er­ing tackle whose nine-year NFL ca­reer was check­ered with in­juries, is re­tir­ing from foot­ball.

The Den­ver Bron­cos se­lected him 12th over­all in the 2008 draft from Boise State, where Clady made a piv­otal block on the Statue of Lib­erty 2-point con­ver­sion play that stunned Ok­la­homa in the Jan­uary 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

Among a dy­ing breed of plug-and-play tack­les in the NFL be­fore col­leges turned so heav­ily to spread of­fenses, Clady al­lowed just half a sack in his first 20 NFL games.

But in­juries slowed him down and the two-time All-Pro missed both of Den­ver’s Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ances in re­cent years, first with a foot in­jury and then with a knee in­jury.

He also sus­tained a knee in­jury in the off­sea­son early in his ca­reer that robbed him of some of his lat­eral move­ment for a cou­ple of sea­sons even though he didn’t miss any games.

Clady signed a $52.5 mil­lion, five-year con­tract in 2013 but would play in just 18 games over the next three sea­sons be­fore the Bron­cos traded him to the Jets, where a shoulder in­jury ended his 2016 sea­son in Novem­ber. He un­der­went surgery to re­pair a torn ro­ta­tor cuff and the Jets de­clined his op­tion for this sea­son.

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