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Del Sol HS (DC)

Ryan Claridge

American football player

Coronado HS (JV)

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April 12, 1981 (age 43) Rochester, Michigan (

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Ryan Quinlan Claridge (born April 12, 1981) is a former NFL linebacker. He played for the New England Patriots in the 2005 season, but was released early during 2006 training camp. He played college football at UNLV and is currently the linebackers coach at Liberty High School in Henderson, Nevada.


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High school career

Claridge attended Almont High School in Almont, Michigan, and was a four-sport standout in football, tennis, basketball and track. In football, as a senior, he rushed for more than 1300 yards and 27 touchdowns, was a first team All-Southern Thumb Association selection, was the League MVP and a first team All-State selection. He is the school record holder in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, having played three years on the varsity team. In basketball, Claridge was the team's leading scorer and rebounder during his sophomore and senior seasons (he missed his junior season due to injury). In tennis, as a senior, he was also a first-team All-State selection. In track, as a junior, Claridge qualified for the state finals in the high jump and was also All-Southern Thumb Association in the 100-meter dash and the high jump.

College and professional career

Claridge was recruited by College Football Hall of Famer John Robinson to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as a linebacker for the Rebels football team. Claridge would play his entire eligibility at UNLV over five years, receiving a medical redshirt during the 2002 season due to a sports hernia.

Claridge was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 5th round (170th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft. Claridge would spend the entire 2005 season on the team's practice squad before being cut during training camp in 2006.


Claridge's brother, the late Travis Claridge out of USC was a second round pick offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons in 2000.

After his professional football career was over, Claridge returned to southern Nevada and took up a coaching position with Coronado High School's Junior Varsity squad in 2007. The following season, Claridge would become the defensive coordinator for the varsity team at Del Sol High School and become a full-time teacher in the schools Driver's Education, Health and Physical Education Department. In 2011, Claridge left teaching/coaching to become a franchisee of Firehouse Subs in the Henderson/Las Vegas area. He currently operates two Firehouse Subs locations. In 2015, he went back into education as a Physical Education teacher at Liberty High School and also serves as the linebackers coach for Liberty's varsity football team.

Claridge was an investor in Philippi Sports Institute in Las Vegas, the institute is owned and operated by former World's Strongest Man finalist Mark Philippi.


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