Tackle Clady an­nounces re­tire­ment

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nicki Jhab­vala

For­mer Broncos of­fen­sive tackle and first-round draft pick Ryan Clady is re­tir­ing af­ter nine NFL sea­sons, in­clud­ing seven in Den­ver.

“I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank my fam­ily, my friends and my rep­re­sen­ta­tion for all of their sup­port through the years,” he wrote on Twit­ter on Tues­day. “I would also like to thank all of my coaches, team­mates and fans for their sup­port through­out my football ca­reer at all lev­els. I would es­pe­cially like to thank Mr. Pat Bowlen and the Den­ver Broncos or­ga­ni­za­tion for bring­ing me into the NFL. I was blessed to ex­pe­ri­ence eight great years, four Pro Bowls and a world cham­pi­onship with that or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Clady, se­lected No. 12 over­all in the 2008 draft out of Boise State, be­came a sta­ple of the Broncos’ of­fense, earn­ing four Pro Bowl se­lec­tions, two first-team all-pro se­lec­tions, one sec­ond-team all-pro des­ig­na­tion and a Su­per Bowl ring (de­spite be­ing on in­jured re­serve at the time).

In 2008, Clady al­lowed just half a sack and fin­ished third in vot­ing for the NFL’s of­fen­sive rookie of the year award and was the only line­man to gar­ner votes. The fol­low­ing sea­son, he was named the top tackle in the NFL and sur­ren­dered only half a sack through his first 20 NFL games, a league record.

In 2013, Clady agreed to a five-year, $52.5 mil­lion con­tract to re­main with the Broncos, but in­juries de­railed his plan — and his avail­abil­ity for a pair of Su­per Bowls.

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