ENGLEWOOD, Colo.** — The Denver Broncos will honor former All-Pro tackle Ryan Clady during Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (2:25 p.m. MST kickoff).
Clady, who will serve as the Coca-Cola alumni coin toss captain and will be recognized on-field during a first-quarter break, started 98 regular-season games and four postseason contests during his first seven NFL seasons with the Broncos (2008-15). He played one season for the New York Jets in 2016 before announcing his retirement on Aug. 1.
A career retrospective of Ryan Clady's career with the Broncos in photos. (Broncos photo archive unless noted)
Selected by Denver with the 12th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft from Boise State University, Clady made four Pro Bowls with the Broncos to represent the most in team history by an offensive tackle. He also was a three-time Associated Press All-Pro selection (1st team – 2009, ’12; 2nd team – 2008).
Clady was Denver’s starting left tackle from his first game in 2008, finishing third in the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year voting. The following year, he was named a first-team All-Pro selection to make him just the fifth tackle since the 1970 NFL merger to earn that distinction by his second professional season.
After an offseason knee injury in 2010, Clady recovered to start all 16 games for the Broncos and was voted as the team’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. He opened all 16 games in each season from 2011-12, earning consecutive Pro Bowl honors.
Clady missed his first career games in 2013 after suffering a Lisfranc injury in the team’s third contest and being placed on injured reserve. He returned in 2014 to start every game for Denver and earn his fourth career Pro Bowl. A knee injury during the 2015 offseason kept Clady off the field during his final year with the Broncos.
He spent the 2016 season with the New York Jets after an offseason trade from Denver and appeared in nine games (8 starts) with the club.
Clady played 39 career games (37 starts) in three seasons at Boise State University, where he earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors during his final two years. A defensive lineman at Eisenhower High School in Rialto, Calif., Clady was born on Sept. 6, 1986.