Pat Ryan was the prototypical backup quarterback during his time with the Jets, from 1978-1989. What is he up to these days?

New York Jets: Where Are They Now? Pat Ryan

For tonight’s edition of “Where Are They Now?” we head back to the 1980′s, and we remember a quarterback that did an excellent job, and never complained about his role. He was the backup quarterback to Ken O’Brien for most of his career, starting 19 games during his time with the Jets from 1978-1989.

We are talking about quarterback, #10, Pat Ryan.

THEN

After playing his college football at the University of Tennessee, Pat Ryan was chosen by the Jets in the 11th round of the 1978 NFL draft, the 281st pick overall. He spent his career as a backup quarterback, predominantly to Ken O’Brien. For his career, he started 19 games, 11 of which came in 1984, when O’Brien and Mark Gastineau ran into a legal problem stemming from an incident at Studio 54.

His other significant starts came at the tail end of the 1986 season, after O’Brien was benched. He won the last two games of the year to bring the team forward into the AFC playoffs, and won the wild card game over the Kansas City Chiefs. Take a look at his career stats:

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD AV
1978 23 NYJ 4 2 0 9 14 64.3 106 0 0.0 2 14.3 18 7.6 1.1 11.8 53.0 47.6 0 0 7.57 1.14 0.0 0
1979 24 NYJ 4 1 0 2 4 50.0 13 0 0.0 1 25.0 7 3.3 -8.0 6.5 13.0 17.7 2 14 -0.17 -7.67 33.3 0
1980 25 NYJ 4 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0
1981 26 NYJ 10 15 0 4 10 40.0 48 1 10.0 1 10.0 18 4.8 2.3 12.0 3.2 49.2 0 0 4.80 2.30 0.0 0
1982 27 NYJ 10 9 0 12 18 66.7 146 2 11.1 1 5.6 20 8.1 7.8 12.2 16.2 105.3 0 0 8.11 7.83 0.0 1
1983 28 NYJ 10 16 0 21 40 52.5 259 2 5.0 2 5.0 36 6.5 5.2 12.3 16.2 68.6 1 3 6.24 5.02 2.4 1
1984 29 NYJ QB 10 16 11 6-5-0 156 285 54.7 1939 14 4.9 14 4.9 44 6.8 5.6 12.4 121.2 72.0 30 214 5.48 4.37 9.5 1 1 7
1985 30 NYJ 10 16 0 6 9 66.7 95 0 0.0 0 0.0 50 10.6 10.6 15.8 5.9 101.6 0 0 10.56 10.56 0.0 0
1986 31 NYJ qb 10 16 2 2-0-0 34 55 61.8 342 2 3.6 1 1.8 36 6.2 6.1 10.1 21.4 84.1 5 33 5.15 5.07 8.3 1
1987 32 NYJ qb 10 13 1 1-0-0 32 53 60.4 314 4 7.5 2 3.8 35 5.9 5.7 9.8 24.2 86.5 1 7 5.69 5.50 1.9 0 1 1
1988 33 NYJ qb 10 16 4 2-2-0 63 113 55.8 807 5 4.4 4 3.5 42 7.1 6.4 12.8 50.4 78.3 5 24 6.64 5.96 4.2 3
1989 34 NYJ qb 10 7 1 0-1-0 15 30 50.0 153 1 3.3 3 10.0 25 5.1 1.3 10.2 21.9 36.5 2 26 3.97 0.38 6.3 1 1 0
1991 36 PHI 10 4 0 10 26 38.5 98 0 0.0 4 15.4 32 3.8 -3.2 9.8 24.5 10.3 4 21 2.57 -3.43 13.3 0
Career 145 19 11-8-0 364 657 55.4 4320 31 4.7 35 5.3 50 6.6 5.1 11.9 29.8 69.2 50 342 5.63 4.28 7.1 2 3 14
12 yrs NYJ 141 19 11-8-0 354 631 56.1 4222 31 4.9 31 4.9 50 6.7 5.5 11.9 29.9 72.6 46 321 5.76 4.62 6.8 2 3 14
1 yr PHI 4 0 10 26 38.5 98 0 0.0 4 15.4 32 3.8 -3.2 9.8 24.5 10.3 4 21 2.57 -3.43 13.3 0

NOW

For a while, Pat could be found back home, doing color commentary for the Titans’ radio broadcasts. Now, he is using his talent as a homebuilder based out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Quarterback, #10, Pat Ryan.

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