Ryan Clady, former Broncos tackle, announces retirement from NFL

Ruben Hill
August 2, 2017

Clady was able to come back in 2014 and played well enough to earn his fourth Pro Bowl appearance but missed the entire 2015 season due to a torn ACL.

He was a first-round pick in 2008 out of Boise State and started all 16 regular-season games in each of his first five seasons.

It goes fast. Entering the 2008 NFL Draft, then Broncos' football operations boss and coach Mike Shanahan zeroed his sights on one of three left tackle prospects for his No. 12 overall pick in the first round - Clady, Chris Williams and Brandon Albert.

The veteran tackle put together quite an impressive career with Denver.

"Despite having several teams who are now interested in signing me, I have made the hard decision to retire", Clady said.

Clady tweeted out word that he was retiring after nine seasons in the NFL. In the end, he chose to walk away from a career defined by his time with the Broncos. Two games into the 2013 campaign, he suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury to his foot. He spent his final season with the Jets.

Clady was traded to the New York Jets prior to the 2016 season but played just nine games.

Clady tore a rotator cuff in Week 3 last season with the Jets and was placed on injured reserve after the ninth game.

Although drafted for the zone-blocking scheme, Clady only got to play one year in his preferred system as Shanahan was sacked after the 2008 season.

"I'm excited about what life holds for me going forward", Clady wrote Tuesday on Twitter, where he thanked the Broncos and team owner Pat Bowlen for bringing him to an organization where he was "blessed to experience eight great years, four Pro Bowls and a world championship". The Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks were among those teams interested in Clady this offseason.

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