Logan Ryan has had a terrible month. It started on October 11 in Dallas against the Cowboys when the New York Giants defensive back made the tackle that ended with the gruesome season-ending ankle injury of Dak Prescott. As bad as that was, it was nothing compared to the situation Ryan faced this week when his wife could have died if it hadn’t been for the knowledge and quick thinking of a member of the Giants training staff.
Logan Ryan has won a pair of Super Bowl rings
The New England Patriots drafted Logan Ryan out of Rutgers University in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Ryan started sparingly those first two seasons in Foxboro, but did manage to win his first Super Bowl title in 2014.
In 2015 Ryan became the regular starting cornerback. The following season, he was a big part of the Patriots defense that ranked as the No. 1 defensive unit in the NFL. He earned his second Super Bowl championship that season.
The following year Logan Ryan signed a three-year, $30-million contract with the Tennessee Titans. He played three seasons with the Titans and had the best statistical season of his career last year when he had four forced fumbles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, and 113 tackles. He also intercepted Tom Brady to close out the Titans’ upset win over the Patriots in the playoffs.
Logan Ryan’s devastating tackle of Dak Prescott
After Logan Ryan’s three-year contract with Tennessee ended, he signed with the New York Giants on a one-year deal worth $7.5 million. This season Ryan has been part of a Giants squad that has struggled, due in large part to one of the NFL’s worst offenses.
On defense, through eight games, Ryan has played well, recording 47 tackles, a forced fumble, and one sack. Ryan’s season-defining moment, however, came on October 11 in Dallas against the division rival Cowboys.
Just over midway through the third quarter, Ryan chased down Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott who was scrambling to his left and trying to fend off the Giants defender. Ryan brought Prescott down to the ground and landed on his right leg, grotesquely fracturing the quarterback’s ankle and ending his season. After the contest, Logan Ryan was understandably emotional.
“First and foremost, the worst thing that happened today was the Dak injury — I mean, bigger than football. I mean, I felt terrible. It was a routine football play.”
Ryan’s wife dodges death thanks to Giants training staff
While the Prescott tackle affected Logan Ryan, it was, as he described it, part of the game. Nothing more than that. Not life or death. Unfortunately, Ryan and his wife encountered that type of situation this week.
Ashley Ryan flew to Florida this week to vote and check on the couple’s home. On Tuesday morning, she began feeling intense stomach pain and told her husband she wanted to sleep it off. He relayed the information to a Giants assistant trainer, who informed him it could be serious, and she needed to get help.
“She ended up going to surgery and they ended up saving her and preventing a lot of what could have been done,” Ryan told reporters on Wednesday. “That was a trainer on our team, Justin Maher, telling my wife to go to the ER at 1 a.m. It could have saved her life or saved a lot of internal bleeding there.”
Ryan’s wife had an ectopic pregnancy where the fertilized egg grows outside of the uterus. Untreated, it can be fatal. Fortunately, for Ryan and his wife, it didn’t end that way. Ryan said his wife is on the road to recovery. For Logan Ryan, it’s a memorable ending to a month that he would soon like to forget