Former 49ers defensive back and multiple Super Bowl champ retires

Safety Logan Ryan hangs up his cleats after 12 seasons in the NFL.
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A two-time NFL champion called an end his to his professional football career this week. The former athlete from Rutgers University announced he will not play another game.

Last year in his only season with the San Francisco 49ers, veteran safety Logan Ryan played just five games and collected 13 total tackles. He produced 12 tackles in his three playoff games for San Francisco and even had a takeaway with one interception.

Ryan entered the league in 2013 as the 83rd pick overall (third round) by the New England Patriots. In his first season in Foxboro, he produced five interceptions, 10 passes defended, had 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

In all four seasons with New England, Ryan never missed a game. He earned his reputation as a perennial defender in the Patriots' secondary, winning his Super Bowl rings in the second and fourth season there.

Ryan still performed at a high level as he took his talents to Nashville, Tennessee. He played for the Tennessee Titans for three seasons.

Though his first year with Tennesse was quiet, as he did not record an interception or a sack (but did have one forced fumble), Ryan had a combined 8.5 sacks in the next two seasons while also forcing four fumbles in his last year with the Titans.

Ryan extends his career by switching to the NFC

In 2020, Ryan would leave the AFC for good and sign with the New York Giants. He had an interception, a pair of sacks, five forced fumbles and 17 passes defended.

Teaming up with his former quarterback from his New England days, Tom Brady, Ryan signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his only season with the Bucs, he appeared in only nine games.

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Despite Brady retiring, Ryan gave it one more year by accepting a one-year deal with the Niners. With two career pick-sixes, one in the regular season and one in the post-season, Ryan left his mark on the NFL.

During his career, Ryan tallied 755 total tackles, 13 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, 19 interceptions in his 154 regular-season games. He also played in 19 playoff games.

The 49ers benefited from his experience and leadership in the locker room as they made the Super Bowl last year. San Francisco's secondary has some big shoes to fill as opposing quarterbacks can sleep better at night this coming season knowing Ryan is officially retired.

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