Frank Ryan

Quarterback + Mathematician + Scientist
Born Jul 12, 1936

Frank Beall Ryan is a retired American football quarterback in the National Football League who played for the Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins. Although he led the Browns to their last National Football League title in 1964, Ryan is best remembered for being perhaps the only Ph.D. in mathematics to play in the league, completing a doctorate at Rice University.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born on July 12, 1936.


1958 21 Years Old Given his desire to continue toward a Ph.D., Ryan originally decided not to play professional football after the Rams chose him in the fifth round of the 1958 NFL Draft. … Read More
1961 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, he and future Hall of Famer Ollie Matson connected on a 96-yard touchdown reception, establishing a new team record.
1962 25 Years Old He became part of a multi-player deal with the Browns on July 12, 1962, his 26th birthday, as the arrival of highly touted newcomer Roman Gabriel made Ryan expendable. … Read More
1963 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In his first full season as a starter, 1963, Ryan threw for 2,026 yards and 25 touchdowns with only 13 interceptions, helping the Browns to a 10–4 record. … Read More
1965 28 Years Old Ryan’s numbers dropped in 1965, throwing for only 1,751 yards and 18 touchdowns. … Read More
1966 29 Years Old In 1966, he bounced back with a superb season, leading the league with 29 touchdown passes and finishing second with 2,976 yards despite playing with intense pain. … Read More


1967 30 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 25, 1967, Ryan underwent an operation to repair the remaining effects of his injury. … Read More
1968 31 Years Old Ryan's tenure as the Browns' starting quarterback came to an abrupt end following a 1–2 start to the 1968 season. … Read More
1969 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite throwing only one pass during the 1969 season, Ryan returned for the last of his 13 years in the NFL in 1970 before officially announcing his retirement on April 13, 1971. … Read More
1971 34 Years Old Ryan taught his last course at Case Western Reserve in the spring of 1971. … Read More
1974 37 Years Old After taking a leave of absence for the next three years, he resigned his faculty position in 1974. … Read More


1977 41 Years Old Ryan resigned that post to become athletic director and lecturer in mathematics at Yale University on March 7, 1977. … Read More


1990 54 Years Old Ryan became vice president for external affairs at Rice in August 1990, increasing annual gifts to the university to a three-year average of $32.8 million for the fiscal years 1992–94 from $21.4 million for the fiscal years 1988–90.
1995 59 Years Old In 1995, he resigned his post as vice president for external affairs at Rice, owing to differences with President Malcolm Gillis concerning the future course of external affairs. … Read More
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