|No. 62, 63|
|Date of birth:May 8, 1983|
|Place of birth: Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|College: New Mexico|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Minnesota Vikings ( 2006– 2010)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 3× All-Mountain West (2003, 2004, 2005)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Ryan Cook (born May 8, 1983) is a former American football center who spent eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of New Mexico and was selected in the 2nd round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys.
Early years[edit | edit source]
Cook played offensive tackle for Cibola High School under head coach Ben Shultz. He was a three-year letterman, and earned First Team All-City and Second Team All-State honors as a senior and Second Team All-City as a sophomore. He also accepted an invitation to play in the New Mexico North-South All-Star game.
College career[edit | edit source]
Cook played for the University of New Mexico for the 2002-2005 seasons. Originally a walk-on, he received a scholarship in his second season. He earned All-Mountain West first team honors at center for three consecutive years, being the first center to do so in New Mexico's history.
In his career, he had 416 knockdown blocks, averaging 8.7 per game in 46 games. As a senior, he was also invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, accepting the invitation of the latter.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Minnesota Vikings (first stint)[edit | edit source]
Cook was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round (51st overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year contract. In the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he was a regular starter at right tackle.
On August 4, 2011, Cook was re-signed to a two-year contract. On September 3, he was released in the final cuts before the start of the 2011 season.
Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]
Cook signed with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent on September 5, 2011. During the season, he played as a backup center and guard. The next year, he was beaten out by rookie Josh Samuda for the backup center role.
Dallas Cowboys[edit | edit source]
After being with the team less than a week, he was forced to assume the starting center role when Phil Costa aggravated a back injury after the first series of the season opener. He became the starter for the rest of the season, after Costa suffered a partially dislocated ankle in the fifth game against the Carolina Panthers. In the 2013 training camp, he was placed on the injured reserve list after suffering a back injury.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "Vikings ink second-round pick Cook for four years". http://www.espn.com/nfl/news/story?id=2525206. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- "Vikings waive veterans Cook, Dugan, Farwell". http://www.espn.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=6927183. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- "Sources: Cowboys get C Ryan Cook". http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/8321240/dallas-cowboys-acquire-ol-ryan-cook-miami-dolphins-sources-say. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
- "Cowboys free agents: Ryan Cook". http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4724807/cowboys-free-agents-ryan-cook. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
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