|No. 86 Free Agent|
|Date of birth:March 27, 1980|
|Place of birth: Buffalo, New York|
|Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)||Weight: 260 lb (118 kg)|
|College: Boston College|
|NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 144|
|Debuted in 2004 for the Dallas Cowboys|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Sean P. Ryan born March 27, 1980) is an American football tight end in the National Football League, and is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Boston College, and at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute for High School.
At Boston College, he was originally a defensive end, but switched to tight end as a sophomore. Called the "most competitive player in the Big East" by USA Today, he excelled in both blocking and receiving and received All-Big East second team honors (2002). During his college career he played 50 games and starting 44 a finished his career with 75 receptions for 950 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 12 touchdown receptions rank second in school history among tight ends. He also received the Orie T. Scarminach award, annually given to the MVP of the Boston College-Syracuse game. Against Syracuse Ryan had 6 receptions for 105 yards and 1 touchdown and helped pave the way for running back Derrick Knight to rush for over 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. Throughout his career Ryan was noted to doing the little things well at his tight end position and was continually praised for his off-the-field work ethic and desire to progress as a football player.
He was selected in the 5th round (144th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and signed to the practice squad. In 2004, with Dan Campbell going on injured reserve, he appeared in 6 games as the blocking tight end. He fractured his foot in training camp and missed all of the 2005 preseason, but was still signed to the practice squad. In November 2005, with 3rd-string TE Brett Pierce injured, Ryan was promoted to the main squad again.
New York JetsEdit
On 31 August 2006, Ryan was traded to the New York Jets for a seventh-round draft choice in the 2007 NFL Draft.  Ryan was expected to fill the role of #2 tight end for the Jets, behind Chris Baker.
After 16 regular season games of the 2006 NFL regular season, Ryan had 3 starts and 6 catches for a combined 44 yards. He also had a lot of key blocks for the Jets offense.
On February 29, 2008, the Miami Dolphins signed Ryan to a one-year contract. He was released on September 12, 2008.
New Orleans SaintsEdit
Ryan was signed by the New Orleans Saints on September 24, 2008 after starting tight end Jeremy Shockey suffered a sports hernia. Quarterback Joey Harrington was released to make room for Ryan on the roster. The Saints waived him prior to their next game on September 28 in order to activate fullback Olaniyi Sobomehin from their practice squad.
San Francisco 49ersEdit
Kansas City ChiefsEdit
Ryan signed a one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans on June 10, 2010. He was released on September 5, 2010.
Lawsuit against the NFLEdit
In December 2011, Ryan announced that he and a group of 11 other professional players had filed a lawsuit against the NFL. Ryan and his attorneys allege that the League failed to properly treat head injuries in spite of prevailing medical evidence, leading the players to develop effects of brain injury ranging from chronic headaches to depression.
- New York Jets bio
- Kansas City Chiefs bio
- San Francisco 49ers bio
- Statement Released by Ryan's Lawyers