Tackle Clady announces retirement
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.