From his time as a college football player to his early days as a professional player, Ryan Fitzpatrick has remained a name to be reckoned with in the world of American football. He began his professional career in 2005 with the St. Louis Rams and now serves as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
From his debut in 2005 to the present day, Ryan has played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, and New York Jets before signing a $3 million one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.
Here are more exciting facts you should know about the award-winning player.
There is not so much information online about the player’s background, early life, parents, siblings, and other personal information, but here is what we know. Ryan was actually born on November 24, 1982, in Gilbert, Arizona. As Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick, he attended Highland HS (Gilbert, AZ) and is a Harvard graduate.
He started playing as a math student while studying in Havard, he started as a starter and in two years he toppled the league’s top list, won the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, and became Harvard’s first QB, skipping 1,000 yards in his career. Not only that, but he also broke the school’s record and became the first quarterback to be drafted since 1981, as well as one of two Harvard players selected in the last 20 years in total.
Out of 250 players selected in the 2005 draft, Ryan was the first to be selected, and only five other candidates were selected after him. He lived up to expectations and earned a little more recognition and proved to everyone and everyone that he has everything they need to play at NFL level when he scored a 48/49 in the spring of 2005 at the Wonderlic test, which is conducted by league teams (50 is the maximum).
To date, Fitzpatrick’s Wonderlic Test is the highest score ever recorded among NFL quarterbacks. Another player who scored an almost perfect score on the Wonderlic Test was Pat McInally, who also studied at Harvard. Pat played with the Cincinnati Bengals throughout his career.
After his outstanding performances, St. Louis Rams was the first to come for Ryan and put him on the field in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He was with the St. Louis Rams until 2007 when he was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007, who sent him to the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Fitzpatrick made his first appearance for the Bengals on September 28, 2008, in the game against the Cleveland Browns after signing a one-year takeover bid with the Bengals in April. During the 2008 NFL season, Ryan took third place among quarterbacks in the hurried court, behind David Garrard and Tyler Thigpen.
In 2009, he signed a 3-year $7.405 million contract with the Buffalo Bills. His first appearance for the team was the game against the New York Jets in October of the same year. He remained with the team until 2012.
Despite his many fights during his time on the team, Ryan is remembered in western New York City as the Bills’ fans really appreciated him for all his accomplishments during his days in Buffalo.
In 2013 he signed a two-year contract with the Tennessee Titans, replacing Jake Locker for four weeks after an injury he sustained in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick completed 3 of Locker’s 8 passes over 108 yards, including a 77-yard TD pass to Nate Washington, in a 38-13 win over the Jets.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was finally released in March 2014 and replaced by Charlie Whitehurst. Four days after his release he signed a two-year contract with the Houston Texans. In June, the then-new head coach Bill O’Brien appointed him as starting quarterback, but in November he was relegated to second place at the Houston Texans and replaced as the starter by Ryan Mallett.
In 2015, Houston Texans traded Fitzpatrick for the New York Jets to receive a conditional draft pick in the late stages of the NFL Draft 2015. It remained with the team until the contract expired in February 2017.
In May 2017, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed him with a one-year contract worth $3 million. He will remain with the team for another year as he recently signed a one-year contract extension with them.
Although Ryan Fitzpatrick has not stayed with a team for more than four years in a row, he has earned no less than 51 million dollars.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Wife, Family
Fitzpatrick has been happily married to Liza Barber since 2006 and together they have six beautiful children, Ruby, Maizy, Zoey, Lucy, Tate, and Brady. Liza is not only a Harvard graduate like Ryan but also an athlete.
The football sensation is quite big, he stands at 1.88 m and weighs 102 kg.
Other Facts About Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick has won several awards, including NFL Rookie of the Week, AFC Offensive Player of the Week, etc.
His son Brady Fitzpatrick was everywhere on social media in 2014 after showing some mathematical skills at his father’s post-match press conference.
Neither Liza nor Ryan take off their wedding ring