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NFL QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to retire after 17 seasons

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NFL QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to retire after 17 seasons

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Ryan Fitzpatrick spent 17 seasons in the NFL with nine different teams on his way to becoming a fan favorite.

Fitzpatrick made his first start when Los Angeles Rams star starter Marc Bulger was injured. He was then activated for four straight games, three as a starter, and was 0-3.

He has the most career passing yards (34,990) of any quarterback drafted in the seventh round or later in the modern draft era, surpassing Steve DeBerg, who was drafted in the tenth round in 1977, by 749 yards. He also holds at least 11 NFL records.

Ryan Fitzpatrick says "Forever grateful for the magical ride." via thespun

"He's...no doubt one of the top two or three quarterbacks that I've ever played with," Owens said. "I've played with a number of quarterbacks, a Hall of Famer in Steve Young ... Not to discredit what I did or didn't do with Steve, but you think about the quarterbacks that I've played a longer tenure with outside of him. You think about the Tony Romos, you think about the Donovan McNabbs, the Jeff Garcias. Ryan Fitzpatrick was one of those guys that I loved to play with, and I had a lot of success with."

- Terrell Owens

"Ryan is like the best guy you could ever want in your locker room, so very welcoming and excited to be there, and just grateful for his opportunity."

- Former Bengals center Dan Santucci

Record Holder

Ryan Fitzpatrick started at quarterback for nine different teams, the most in league history. He is also the only NFL player to throw a touchdown pass and interception with eight different teams.

NFL Records

11

Fitzpatrick owns at least 11, albeit mostly obscure, NFL records.

  1. Most consecutive regular season games with at least two touchdown passes in one stadium (MetLife Stadium 2015) during one season: 9
  2. Most career touchdown passes by an Ivy League graduate: 223
  3. First quarterback to start a game against one opponent (Jacksonville Jaguars) with six different teams (St. Louis Rams, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins)
  4. First quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a single game with five different teams (Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  5. First quarterback to start and win against same opponent (Jacksonville Jaguars) with six different teams
  6. Most touchdown passes of at least 50 yards through a team’s first two games – 4 (tied with Joe Namath)
  7. Most consecutive games of 400 yards passing and four touchdowns to begin a season – 2 (2018)
  8. Most consecutive games of 400 yards passing to begin a season – 3 (2018)
  9. Most consecutive games of 400 yards passing – 3 (2018)
  10. Most games with at least 400 passing yards in a single season – 4 (tied with Dan Marino and Peyton Manning)
  11. Only player in NFL history to pass for a TD against 1 opponent (Eagles) with 7 different franchises (Rams, Bengals, Bills, Texans, Jets, Buccaneers, Dolphins) in his career.

Source: Wikipedia

Hail To The Amish Rifle

During his time with the Bills, Ryan Fitzpatrick grew out his beard and has jokingly referred to himself as “the Amish Rifle.” He has also received the nicknames “Fitzmagic” and “Fitztragic” due to his competitive, but inconsistent performances in games, as well as “Fitzception” for his tendency to throw costly interceptions in key games.

Aug 20, 2021: Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) talks to fans while leaving the field after the Washington Football Team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField.  Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Fitzmagic!

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"There has to be something back there, because...he's not a prototypical quarterback that can just take hits like that all day," Myers said. "But he seems to do it and he keeps coming. He's like the Energizer Bunny."

- Chris Myers - Texans Center

"Forever grateful for the magical ride."

- Ryan Fitzpatrick

Whole Lotta Love

Ryan Fitzpatrick is married to Liza Barber. They have seven children together as of 2021, 3 sons: Brady (12), Tate (10), and Jake (1), and 4 daughters: Lucy (8), Maizy (6), Zoey (4), and Ruby (2).

Fitzpatrick never removes his wedding ring, including during games; he stated in a 2011 interview, “It’s important for me not to take it off.”

He was named the fifth-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News in 2010.

Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick

Aug 20, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) walks off the field after the Washington Football Team’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField. Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Player From To G Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Rate Lng
Ryan Fitzpatrick 2005 2021 166 3072 5060 60.7 34990 223 82.3 98
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    Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick is an American football quarterback who is a free agent.

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