When adversity strikes a child, often it provides a glimpse of the metal the man will be made of. At age 8 Ryan Kerrigan suffered an ear infection that left him half deaf, but he has overcome that challenge. Over the years Ryan learned to fine-tune his other senses to compensate for the loss.
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One of the cornerstones our Redskins team is building around is Ryan Kerrigan. Patrick Ryan Kerrigan played football at Purdue University. Kerrigan became the Big Ten’s all-time leader in forced fumbles, 14, which tied the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) career record. Following his 2010 season, he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, was honored as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, as well as winning the The Bill Willis Trophy given to the top collegiate defensive lineman. He also was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.
He was drafted in the 1st Round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins and has proven to be a great draft choice. Kerrigan had recorded new season career highs of 13.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. With Kerrigan’s cumulative total of 38 career sacks at the end of the 2014 season, he became the Redskins’ sixth all-time franchise sack leader, two behind Brian Orakpo.
Head Coach Jay Gruden, new General Manager Scot McCloughan, and Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry will lead a nucleus of Ryan Kerrigan, DeSean Jackson, plus Pro Bowlers Trent Williams and Alfred Morris. The Redskins are poised to rebound next season!” Yes, everyone knows Ryan Kerrigan is a cornerstone. Vince Lombardi built around Sam Huff when he turned our Redskins into winners in 1970. We have Ryan Kerrigan as our Sam Huff, our Jack Pardee, our Chris Hanburger.
NFL stats: Ryan Kerrigan, LB #91, 6’4″, 260 lb,11″ hands,age 26
Year Team GP COMB TOTAL AST SACK FF FR FR YDS INT IR YDS AVG IR LNG TD PD
2011 WSH 16 63 41 22 7.5 4 0 0 1 9 9 9 1 4
2012 WSH 16 54 42 12 8.5 2 1 0 1 28 28 28 1 8
2013 WSH 16 66 47 19 8.5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
2014 WSH 16 64 51 13 13.5 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Career 64 247 181 66 38.0 15 2 0 2 37 19 28 2 16
Ryan Kerrigan has a strong work ethic that is exemplary and is a person of high moral fiber,great character and a team player. I believe under Joe Barry,new Defense Coordinator who has an attack system, Ryan will have a lot of forced fumbles and sacks this season and help our defense make us Redskins proud. He recently was picked on the NFL Top 100 players, nr 78. Probably should be lower,but its an honor to be in the Top 100.
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