Happy birthday, Ryan Mallett.
Happy birthday to a player that is a living legend, the man who has made the NFL what it is.
I’ve been following Ryan Mallet for a long time.
He’s been a member of the New York Jets for a decade now, and his first and only head coaching job came in 2009.
He has won three Super Bowls with the Jets.
He led the Jets to a Super Bowl appearance in 2014.
He also won Super Bowl LI in 2013.
In 2016, he was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
But for most of his life, Mallett has been overshadowed by his great-great-grandfather, Bill Mallett, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman, and the legend of his grandfather.
Ryan Mallets first NFL team was the Atlanta Falcons, where he was a member for seven years, starting in 1989.
The Falcons went 8-8 that year, losing their last two games.
Ryan returned to the Falcons in 1992, after three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mallet started four of his six seasons with Atlanta.
He played all over the defense, including in the Super Bowl.
Ryan had a Super-Bowl-winning season in 2001, when he played in his second season.
But he wasn’t quite good enough to earn a spot on the Pro Bowl, and he had to settle for being the third or fourth-string defensive lineman.
That left him out of the Super-Eighth game in 2002.
Mallett played in the Pro-Basket Championship game, where the Falcons lost to the Denver Broncos.
That game would be his last in Atlanta.
Ryan went on to win the Superbowl in 2008 with the Houston Texans.
He was the MVP of that game, and after that he went on and won two more Super Bowl titles.
Mallets career with the Falcons went on for nine years.
In 2010, Ryan was named the Pro Bowler of the Year.
He started in every game he played for the Falcons, and led the team to four straight division titles and a trip to the Superdome in 2014, which would be Ryan’s final season.
Ryan retired as a Falcons player in 2019, after 13 seasons.
He is a three-time Super Bowl winner, the only defensive player to win three Super-Sectors, a record that is now held by defensive end Dwight Freeney.
Mallettes wife, Sarah, died in 2017.
Ryan also retired from coaching in 2018, and moved into the management role of his own company.
Mallette has said he would be happy to coach again in the future.
He currently has two children, Ryan Jr. and Liza.
He announced he was leaving coaching last year, saying he wanted to focus on his family.
But after his father passed away, he announced in a statement that he was “deeply saddened by the loss of the Ryan Mallette I grew up with.”
Ryan Mallelets career was cut short after the birth of his daughter, Liza, in 2018.