Ryan Tucker

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Ryan Tucker
No. 72
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1975-06-12) June 12, 1975 (age 43)
Midland, Texas
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school: Midland (TX) Lee
College: Texas Christian
NFL Draft: 1997 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 134
Games started: 102
Player stats at NFL.com

Ryan Tucker (born June 12, 1975[1]) is a retired offensive tackle who played for the St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns in the National Football League. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Christian.

Tucker is the older brother of former NFL offensive lineman Rex Tucker and Kyle Tucker.

Early years[edit]

Tucker attended Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas. After retirement from Cleveland, Ryan moved with his wife and four children to Midland Texas where they now reside.

College career[edit]

Tucker played college football for Texas Christian University. He was twice awarded All-SWC honors for the 1995 and 1996 seasons. Entered college as a Tight End, then made the transition to offensive line. Started games at left, right tackle and center. In 1996, he was charged with and plead no contest to assault. "State District Judge Don Leonard sentenced the 22-year-old to a five-year deferred sentence and fined him $5,000. The judge also ordered Tucker to pay $9,677 in restitution and complete 800 hours of community service for his part in the attack". He was one of four others involved in an attack that left former TCU student Bryan Boyd with a fractured skull and several other injuries. To this day, Boyd is severely wounded with paralysis, memory loss, and permanent brain damage.[2]

Professional career[edit]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

He was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round (121st overall) in the 1997 NFL Draft. In his rookie season he played in seven games and made his NFL debut at the Green Bay Packers on November 2. The 1998 season was masked by a neck injury that made him inactive for nine games. In 1999, he played in all 16 regular season games and three post season games including Super Bowl XXXIV. He scored his first NFL touchdown at the Detroit Lions on November 7. In 2000, he started in all 16 games for the first time in his career. He helped the Rams offense to 7,075 total yards for the season which is an NFL record. The 2001 season saw him play in 16 games with 15 starts, he was again part of a rampant offense and he also played in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

Tucker signed with the Browns as an unrestricted free agent on March 7, 2002. In his first season with the Browns he started 14 games. In his second season with the Browns, Tucker started in all 16 games and was the only offensive player to take part in every snap. He started in seven games in the 2004 season but a knee injury forced him to miss the remainder of the campaign. In 2005, Tucker again started in all 16 games. In 2006, he started 9 games before being placed on the non-football injury reserve list. On August 3, 2007, it was announced that Tucker tested positive for a banned substance. He was suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Upon his reinstatement, he started 8 of the team's final 12 games at the right guard position. The Browns placed Tucker on injured reserve on August 31, 2009. On March 6, 2010, Tucker was suspended for the first eight games of the regular season. The news broke a day after he announced his retirement.

Coaching Career[edit]

Ryan Tucker is currently an offensive line coach at Midland Christian High School, and the team has won two state championships while he has been a coach.[3]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fred Miller
St. Louis Rams Starting Right Tackle
2000 - 2001
Succeeded by
John St. Clair
Preceded by
Roger Chanoine
Cleveland Browns Starting Right Tackle
2002 - 2006
Succeeded by
Kevin Shaffer
Preceded by
Seth McKinney
Cleveland Browns Starting Right Guard
Succeeded by
Rex Hadnot