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Ryan Clark biography

Date of birth : 1979-10-12
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Marrero, Louisiana
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-10-22
Credited as : Football player NFL, safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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PRO (98-75/5-5): Re-signed a four-year contract with Pittsburgh on March 9, 2009…Signed by Pittsburgh on March 14, 2006, to solidify the secondary…had started the previous two seasons in Washington alongside the late Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor…signed as an unrestricted free agent with Washington on July 31, 2004…originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New York Giants in 2002.

2009 (15-15): Started 15 games at FS…finished second on the team with 110 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions …also surpassed 500 tackles for his career…9/10 vs. Tennessee: Made his 61st career start at FS…finished with six solo tackles…surpassed 400 career tackles (405)…9/20 at Chicago: Played in his 85th career game and made his 62nd career start at FS…finished with seven solo tackles and one pass defense…9/27 at Cincinnati: Made his 63rd career start at FS…recorded eight solo tackles, two pass defenses and one QB pressure…10/4 vs. San Diego: Made his 64th career start at FS…recorded six solo tackles…10/11 at Detroit: Made his 65th career start at FS…recorded seven solo tackles with one interception for no gain…10/18 vs. Cleveland: Made his 66th career start at FS…recorded three solo tackles with one interception for no gain…10/25 vs. Minnesota: Made his 67th career start at FS…recorded seven solo tackles and one pass breakup…11/9 at Denver: Was inactive for the game…11/15 vs. Cincinnati: Made his 68th career start at FS…recorded eight solo tackles and one pass breakup…11/22 at Kansas City: Made his 69th career start at FS…recorded 10 solo tackles and two pass breakups…11/29 at Baltimore: Made his 70th career start at FS…recorded seven solo tackles…12/6 vs. Oakland: Made his 71st career start at FS…recorded seven tackles (four solo)…12/10 at Cleveland: Made his 72nd career start at FS…recorded 11 solo tackles…12/20 vs. Green Bay: Made his 73rd career start at FS…recorded six solo tackles with one pass breakup…12/27 vs. Baltimore: Made his 74th career start at FS…recorded nine solo tackles…1/3 at Miami: Made his 75th career start at FS…recorded eight solo tackles, one pass breakup and an interception.

2008 (14-14/3-3): Started 14 regular-season games...missed games on November 3 at Washington and December 28 against Cleveland due to shoulder injuries...selected as the Steelers’ 2008 winner of “The Chief Award” for his cooperation with the media, an award voted annually by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America...received the Ed Block Courage award...named to the USA Today All-Joe team... finished second on the team with a career-high 113 tackles (55 solo)...also contributed one interception and eight pass defenses...had five tackles on special teams... set Steelers’ personal highs with 12 tackles on November 20 versus Cincinnati and December 21 at Tennessee... started all three postseason games...finished with 14 postseason tackles (11 solo)...forced the first fumble of his postseason career late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game...9/7 vs. Houston: Played in his 70th career game and made his 47th career start at FS...tied for second on the team with eight tackles (five solo)...added one tackle on special teams...9/14 at Cleveland: Made his 48th career start at FS and recorded five tackles (2 solo)...tied Bryant McFadden for the team lead with two pass defenses...9/21 at Philadelphia: Made his 49th career start at FS...finished second on the team with nine tackles (five solo)...9/29 vs. Baltimore: Made his 50th career start and recorded eight tackles (three solo) and had one pass defense...had one solo tackle on special teams...10/5 at Jacksonville: Made his fifth consecutive start at FS...finished second (tied) on the team with seven tackles (three solo)...had one QB pressure...10/19 at Cincinnati: Played in his 75th career game and made his sixth consecutive start at FS...finished with eight tackles (four solo)...recorded one solo tackle on special teams...10/26 vs. New York Giants: Started his seventh consecutive game at FS... finished second on the team with nine tackles (seven solo)...seven solo tackles led the team and were a season high (tied)...had one pass defense...had one solo tackle on special teams...11/3 at Washington: Was inactive due to a shoulder injury...11/9 vs. Indianapolis: Returned from a shoulder injury to make his 54th career start at FS...had five tackles (one solo) and one pass defense...11/16 vs. San Diego: Made his second consecutive start at FS...finished with seven tackles (two solo)...11/20 vs. Cincinnati: Made his third consecutive start at FS...finished with 12 tackles (six solo), the most in his three years with the Steelers...11/30 at New England: Played in his 80th career game and made his fourth consecutive start at FS...finished with eight tackles (five solo), one QB pressure and two pass defenses...12/7 vs. Dallas: Made his fifth consecutive start at FS...finished with eight tackles (three solo)...had one solo tackle on special teams...12/14 at Baltimore: Made his sixth consecutive start at FS...finished with seven tackles (two solo)...surpassed 100 tackles in a season for the first time in his career (101)...recorded his first interception of the season in the first quarter...12/21 at Tennessee: Made his 60th career start...led the team with 12 tackles (seven solo) and had one pass defense...left the game late in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury...12/28 vs. Cleveland: Was inactive due to a shoulder injury...AFC Divisional Game 1/11 vs. San Diego: Made his third career postseason start...finished with one solo tackle...AFC Championship Game 1/18 vs. Baltimore: Made his second consecutive postseason start at FS...finished second on the team with eight solo tackles...caused his first postseason fumble late in the fourth quarter...Super Bowl XLIII 2/1 vs. Arizona: Made his third consecutive postseason start at FS...finished with five tackles (two solo).


2007 (6-6/0-0): Started six games at FS…missed three consecutive games in Weeks 8-10 due to a spleen injury…was placed on the Reserve/Injured List on Nov. 14…finished the season with 24 tackles, one sack, two pass defenses, and a forced fumble…9/9 at Cleveland: Started at FS…had three solo tackles, including a sack for a loss of 12 yards…also broke up one pass and registered the third forced fumble of his career…9/16 vs. Buffalo: Started at FS and logged four solo tackles and one defensed pass…also had two special teams tackles…9/23 vs. San Francisco: Started at FS and had four solo tackles…his four tackles put him over 300 career tackles, with 303…9/30 at Arizona: Made his fourth consecutive start at FS and racked up five solo tackles and one quarterback hit…10/7 vs. Seattle: Made his fifth consecutive start, but his first at SS, due to an injury to Troy Polamalu, and logged 46 snaps…registered four solo tackles, which gives him 20 solo tackles this season…part of a defensive unit that allowed only 144 total yards, 38 rushing yards, 106 passing yards and only eight first downs…10/21 at Denver: Returned to his starting role at FS, which gave him his sixth consecutive start…saw action on 46 defensive snaps…racked up four solo tackles…part of a defensive unit that allowed Denver running backs to pick up only 54 rushing yards…10/28 at Cincinnati: Was inactive due to illness…11/5 vs. Baltimore: Was inactive due to illness…11/11 vs. Cleveland: Missed his third consecutive game due to a spleen injury…11/14: Placed on Reserved/Injured List.

2006 (13/12): In his first season with the Steelers, started 12 games and finished with 75 tackles, the second-highest total in his career…had one interception and three fumble recoveries…9/7 vs. Miami: Started his first game as a Steeler at FS…logged 59 snaps and registered six solo tackles…also recorded a pass defense and one tackle for a loss…9/18 at Jacksonville: Started at FS and recorded eight solo tackles...also added one pass defense in 69 snaps…9/24 vs. Cincinnati: Started at FS and recorded eight tackles (six solo) while logging 57 snaps…hit Bengals WR Chris Henry over the middle, causing the ball to be intercepted by Ike Taylor…10/8 at San Diego: Started at FS and recorded his first interception as a Steeler…tied a game high with eight tackles (seven solo)…played on 72 snaps…10/15 vs. Kansas City: Started at FS and logged 54 snaps…recorded four tackles (three solo)…10/22 at Atlanta: Started at FS…recorded seven tackles (six solo) while logging 72 plays…10/29 at Oakland: Started at FS and recorded six tackles (four solo)…added one solo special teams tackle...held the Raiders to 17 yards passing…11/5 vs. Denver: Started at FS and recorded three tackles…logged 54 snaps…11/12 vs. New Orleans: Logged 79 plays and recorded five tackles (four solo) and recovered two fumbles, the first fumble recoveries of his career…added one solo special teams tackle…11/19 at Cleveland: Recorded six tackles (five solo) and one pass defense while logging 62 plays…recovered a fumble, his third recovery in the last two games…11/26 at Baltimore: Started at FS and logged 65 plays…recorded nine tackles (six solo) and one solo special teams tackle…12/3 vs. Tampa Bay: Recorded four solo tackles before leaving the game with a groin injury…stopped Carnell Williams for a loss of four yards…12/7 vs. Cleveland: Did not play due to a groin injury…12/17 at Carolina: Saw action but didn't start…played five snaps and recorded one tackle before re-aggravating his groin…added one special teams tackle…12/24 vs. Baltimore: Was inactive due to a hamstring injury…12/31 at Cincinnati: Did not dress due to a hamstring injury.

2005 (13-13/2-2): Finished the season with 72 tackles (48 solo), three interceptions, two forced fumbles and a half sack…9/11 vs. Chicago: Inactive because of an injury. 9/19 at Dallas: Inactive because of an injury…10/2 vs. Seattle: Started at safety…recorded three tackles (all solo)…10/9 at Denver: Started at safety…recorded eight tackles (four solo)…10/16 at Kansas City: Inactive because of an injury…10/24 vs. San Francisco: Started at safety…recorded two tackles (one solo)…10/30 at N.Y. Giants: Recorded career highs with 14 tackles and 11 solo tackles, and also tallied his first career interception (Eli Manning) and one pass deflection…11/6 vs. Philadelphia: Recorded five tackles (three solo) and one interception for six yards…made a game saving play intercepting Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on fourth down on the Redskins 7-yard line with 1:32 remaining in the fourth quarter…11/13 at Tampa Bay: Started at strong safety…recorded six tackles (four solo) and two special teams tackles…11/20 vs. Oakland: Started at strong safety…recorded four tackles (three solo)…11/27 vs. San Diego: Started at strong safety…recorded six tackles (four solo), 0.5 sack for 4.5 yards. 12/4 at St. Louis: Started a strong safety…recorded three tackles (two solo) and one special teams tackle…12/11 at Arizona: Started at safety…recorded four tackles (three solo)…12/18 vs. Dallas: Started at safety…recorded six tackles (three solo) and one forced fumble…recorded one special teams tackle…12/24 vs. N.Y. Giants: Started at safety…recorded six tackles (four solo)…1/1 at Philadelphia: Started at safety…recorded five tackles (three solo), one interception for 4 yards and one forced fumble.

2004 (15-11): Signed as an unrestricted free agent to Washington on July 31, 2004…stepped in for the secondary when Matt Bowen and Andre Lott went down due to injures…played in 15 games and made 11 starts…led all Washington defensive backs with 91 tackles (65 solo) and finished fourth on the team…added 10 special teams tackles…9/19 at N.Y. Giants: Recorded four tackles (three solo)…9/27 vs. Dallas: Registered one solo tackle…10/3 at Cleveland: Finished with an assisted tackle…10/10 vs. Baltimore: Set a then career high with 12 tackles (10 solo)…10/17 at Chicago: Recorded nine tackles (six solo)…10/31 vs. Green Bay: Recorded nine tackles (six solo)…11/7 at Detroit: Recorded 11 tackles (eight solo)…11/14 vs. Cincinnati: Matched a career high with 12 tackles and 10 solo…11/21 at Philadelphia: Recorded six tackles (five solo)…11/28 at Pittsburgh: Recorded five tackles (two solo)…12/5 vs. N.Y. Giants: Notched four stops (three solo)…12/12 vs. Philadelphia: Registered three tackles (two solo)…12/18 at San Francisco: Finished with two solo tackles…12/26 at Dallas: Registered seven tackles (five solo)…1/2 vs. Minnesota: Notched five stops (two solo).

2003 (16-4): Had a breakout season with the Giants, playing every game while starting four times…recorded 23 tackles (17 solo) one sack, two pass defenses and five special teams stops…10/19 vs. Philadelphia: Notched four tackles with one solo and a pass defense…11/9 vs. Atlanta: Recorded six tackles (three solo) and a pass defense…11/16 at Philadelphia: Recorded three solo tackles…11/24 at Tampa Bay: Notched five solo stops…12/21 at Dallas: Recorded two solo tackles…12/28 vs. Carolina: Recorded three solo tackles and his first career sack for a loss of seven yards.

2002 (6-0): Signed as an undrafted free agent by the N.Y. Giants…played in the first six games on special teams…was signed to the Giants practice squad where he was for the remainder of the season…9/15 at St. Louis: Recorded his only tackle of the season.

COLLEGE: Started 36 consecutive games at FS for LSU. 2001: Ranked third on the Tigers with 88 tackles (63 solo) and recorded three interceptions. 2000: Was selected to the All-SEC second team by the league's coaches. 1998: Named LSU's Special Teams Player of the Year.

PERSONAL: Is married to Yonka and has three children, Jordan, Jaden and Loghan...son of Michael and Sheilia Clark...Full name: Ryan Terry Clark.

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