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New York Jets: Where Are They Now? Pat Ryan

By Alan Schechter

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

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.


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:


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.