The multiple award-winning American National Football League player, Ryan Kerrigan has been active in the sports since his high school and college days. He was drafted as a linebacker in the 2011 NFL draft in the 1st round as the 16th overall by the Washington Redskin. Ever since he joined the league, Ryan has left nothing to chance to make a mark in the sport. Find out more about his life and football career in the paragraphs below.
Ryan Kerrigan’s Biography
The full name of the American footballer is Patrick Ryan Kerrigan, he was born in Muncie, Indiana, on the 16th of August, 1988, to Anita Kerrigan and a former American football player Brendan who played in his time with the Ball State. He is Caucasian by ethnicity.
Ryan has 2 siblings; Kyle and Kaitlin Kerrigan. His brother Kyle is part of his college Swimming team at DePauw University. They all grew up in Muncie, Indiana.
Ryan Kerrigan had his high school education, in Muncie Central High School where the journey of his football career actually started. He played the defensive end and tight end positions for the Bearcats ending his high school career with the All-State selection title and a record of 90 tackles, 19 sacks in defense and 40 pass receptions for 789-yard passes with 6 touchdowns.
The footballer proceeded to Purdue University where he continued his football exploits with the Purdue Boilermakers football team from 2007 to 2010. He smashed through every of his game with enviable records that earned him state and national recognitions. Ryan got accolades pouring in and amassed a lot of awards, like the All-Big Ten selection, Second Team All-American, and the Pit Bull Award to mention just a few.
The player racked up 18 tackles and 1 sack in all 12 games he played as a freshman. He shot himself to greater heights in 2009 with a season-high score of 66 tackles, and 12 sacks, increasing his records of forced fumbles to 12, thus breaking the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) previous record and also earning the Big Ten all-time Leader. In his final year, Ryan received an award as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the year and led his team in winning the Bill Willis Trophy and climaxing all his awards with the Unanimous first-team, All-American player for 2010.
Ryan Kerrigan was drafted into the NFL as the 16th overall in the first round of the 2011 draft by the Washington Redskins as their Outside Linebacker. He made his rookie debut in the game against the New York Giant where he intercepted a pass from Eli Manning the quarterback for the Giants. This earned him a 9-yard touchdown.
The NFL player ended his rookie season with a total of 41 tackles, 63 combined tackles, and 7.5 sacks, with 4 forced fumbles, 1 interception, and 1 touchdown in all 16 games played and started. He was named the Defensive Rookie of the month of September 2011, for his efforts that year.
After a fabulous season performance in 2011, Ryan Kerrigan got the starter position for their regular season along with his teammate Brian Orakpo. He ended the 2012 season with 54 combined tackles while recording 42 total tackles by himself and sacked 8.5, with 1 interception he got from the Falcon in week 5 and a touchdown all in 16 games played and started.
The score was good enough to see his team finish first in the National Football Conference East and get him a selection to the Pro Bowls in 2013 displacing Aldon Smith who was bailed to make an appearance at the Super Bowl XLVII.
Ryan Kerrigan in 2014 tore his knee ligament that required he underwent an arthroscopic procedure to repair, he made a good recovery with enough time to earn a total of 51 total tackles, 13.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles in 16 games played and started. His performance was good and promising enough with his club as they offered him a 1-year extended contract worth $7.03 million and his NFL rating was moved up to the 78th position the following years. He went ahead breaking the previous set franchise record of sack leaders by becoming the 6th all-time franchise sack leader with his newly set record of 38 sacks in the same season.
In 2015, Ryan Kerrigan re-negotiated and signed a new 5-year contract deal with the Redskin worth $57.50 million, encouraged with the new earnings he ended that season with 9.5 sacks and 33 total tackles, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 pass deflections. He maintained his consistency in 2016 and sacked his 50th in the season after he sacked Joe Flacco with a total of 10.5, 33 combined tackles of which he racked 25 total tackles in 16 games played which got him his next Pro-Bowl Mention in 2017. His 2017 season was not bad as he racked up a sum of 1 touchdown, 1 interception, a pass deflection, 46 combined tackles, and 13 sacks, in 16 games played and started. He also ended the season earning his 3rd Pro- Bowl mention.
In his 8th season in the NFL with the Reskins, Ryan Kerrigan started off smoothly with 1 sack 5 combined tackles in all 4 games played although he is yet to record a touchdown or interceptions, things are looking good and we expect a great outing for him.
Ryan’s salary earnings since he was drafted in 2011 to 2018 is estimated to be within $50.78million; his current annual salary is estimated to be in the range of $12.45 million. Moreso, he has a personal investment worth $15 million while his garage has about 7 exotic cars in it like Brabus Mercedes-Maybach S600 and Rolls-Royce Phantom Mansory among others.
Personal Life – Girlfriend, Wife
Ryan Kerrigan engaged his longtime girlfriend Jessica Mazura on June 2017 which created a buzz on social media.
Jessica Mazura was born and raised in California, she is an animal lover and sports player. She studied Sociology and Education at the University of California, Berkley where she also participated in the female soccer games under the American Youth Soccer Organization.
She has worked a handful of jobs after her graduation from the University; Jessy was a one-time elementary school teacher, a manager in Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation before she picked up another job, with the renown sports outfit company Nike, where she worked in the Department of Operations for 5 years. She equally served as the coach of Slammer FC for 4 years before taking the position of a Veterinary nurse at Banfield Pet Hospital in Reston, Virginia.
In March 2018 the duo publicly took their marital vows in the presence of their dogs, friends, teammates, and loved ones at the Huntington Beach, California. They are yet to have any kids, when they do, it will be our delight to tell you about it.
Ryan has a foundation located in Washington D.C. through which he carters to physically challenged, sick and needy kids. His foundation has been up and running since 2013 and many have benefited from his charitable work.
Height and Weight of Ryan Kerrigan
Height is certainly a dire need for any defensive end player in the NFL and Ryan Kerrigan is not lacking in height as he stands at 6 feet 4 inches with a great physique and weight of about 117 kilograms.