Former Broncos offensive lineman Clady retires after 9 seasons in NFL – Colorado News

Former Broncos offensive lineman Clady retires after 9 seasons in NFL – Colorado News

FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, file photograph, Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady, left, pushes off against guard Manase Foketi during a session at NFL football training camp in Englewood, Colo. Clady announced his retirement from football on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, after nine seasons in the game. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

ENGLEWOOD | Ryan Clady, the talented and towering tackle whose nine-year NFL career was checkered with injuries, is retiring from football.

“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 Broncos selected him 12th overall in the 2008 draft out of Boise State, where Clady made a pivotal block on the Statue of Liberty 2-point conversion play that stunned Oklahoma in the January 2007 Fiesta Bowl.

Among a dying breed of plug-and-play tackles in the NFL before colleges turned so heavily to spread offenses, Clady allowed just half a sack in his first 20 NFL games.

But injuries slowed him down and the two-time All-Pro missed both of Denver’s Super Bowl appearances in recent years, first with a foot injury and then with a knee injury.

He also sustained a knee injury in the offseason early in his career that robbed him of some of his lateral movement for a couple of seasons even though he didn’t miss any games.

Clady signed a $52.5 million, five-year contract in 2013 but would play in just 18 games over the next three seasons before the Broncos traded him to the Jets, where a shoulder…

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