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Ryan Kerrigan Welcomes Purdue Signees

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Ryan Kerrigan is the only 260-pound guy I know who looks friendly with a gargantuan mallet in hand.

Kerrigan visited his alma mater in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday to welcome Purdue’s 2014 recruiting class to campus on National Signing Day. As part of the 2007 recruiting class, Kerrigan was rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com coming out of Muncie Central High School.

With Kerrigan in the house, the Boilermakers men’s basketball team beat Minnesota by three points in a triple-overtime thriller.

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Kerrigan Talks Neil Armstrong’s Legacy

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 26, 2012 – 8:00 am


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Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan came oh-so-close to meeting Neil Armstrong on multiple occasions, but interacting with the American hero was just not in the cards those days.

Armstrong, remembered for his famous “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” phrase upon stepping foot on the moon in 1969, died Saturday at 82.

Kerrigan said he’s proud to have at least one thing in common with Armstrong: both are Purdue University alums.

“It definitely makes you proud to be a Boilermaker when you know the man on the moon was from Purdue,” Kerrigan said Saturday after the Redskins’ 30-17 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts at FedExField. “His death is sad, but at the same time, we’re still proud to have him as a Boiler alum.”

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Kerrigan Named Top Defender Of BTN Era

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 23, 2012 – 10:27 am

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The Big Ten Network has only been around for five years now, but in that short time, a couple of members of the Washington Redskins have left a lasting impact as college players in that conference.

Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan — a defensive end at Purdue from 2007 to 2010 — and quarterback Kirk Cousins — who starred at Michigan State from 2008 to 20011 — were recently named to various lists celebrating the best players of the Big Ten Network era.

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Kerrigan: Big Ten’s No. 2 Lineman of 2000s

Posted by Andrew Walker on May 29, 2012 – 10:48 am

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I was watching the television yesterday and tuned to the Big Ten Network, which was airing its “Big Ten’s Best: Defensive Linemen 2000-2010.”

Not surprisingly, the Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan — who has since converted to outside linebacker after playing his entire career at Purdue University as a defensive end — ranked high on this list at No. 2 overall.

The player listed at No. 1, however, was baffling.

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Kerrigan Lending Expertise To Teammates

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 10, 2012 – 12:02 pm

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A little over 12 months ago, Ryan Kerrigan wasn’t a consideration for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.  He hadn’t started since Week 1 of his rookie season, and played every snap on defense.

He hadn’t even been moved to linebacker yet, or solidified his status as a first round pick.  At that point, he was just a college prospect with a load of potential.

At the 2011 Senior Bowl on Jan. 29, Ryan Kerrigan was fourth on the North Team with five tackles, three for a loss, and a team-leading sack.  For his performance, he was named to Purdue’s All-Time Senior Bowl Roster.

Twenty-seven days later, he turned heads at the NFL Combine, running a 4.71 40-yard dash, a 10’2″ broad jump, and 33.5 vertical leap.  Two weeks after that, he capped off his prospect performance with a Purdue Pro Day that cemented him as a first round pick.

For Redskins fans that have grown to love him over the last 10 months, the following quote comes as no surprise, following his Pro Day performance:

“I just want to be somebody that goes in, plays right away, makes an impact on the team and contributes to winning for our team,” Kerrigan said.

And now that he has accomplished these aforementioned goals, he’s back at Purdue (to finish his undergraduate degree), sharing some of his expertise with the next generation of Boilermakers in the NFL. Read more »

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Ryan Kerrigan Proud Of His Native Indiana

Posted by Brian Tinsman on February 8, 2012 – 11:53 am

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Even though Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan couldn’t feel the excitement of suiting up for the big game on Sunday, he did feel a twinge of state pride for his native Indiana.

Taking a break from his pursuit of an undergraduate degree at Purdue, Kerrigan stopped by Radio Row, The NFL Experience, and the NFL Honors Show.  Along the way, he got to meet with media and fans, celebrating his rookie successes while only an hour from home.

“I’ve never seen Indy like this and it just shows you how far the state has come with football,” he told CSN Washington.  “This is really good for the state and the city.”

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Kerrigan Talks Senior Bowl, Off The Field

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 26, 2012 – 3:02 pm

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Earlier this week, I caught up with linebacker Ryan Kerrigan in-between classes, and he shared a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on off the field at the Senior Bowl.

After a superb senior campaign at Purdue, Ryan Kerrigan punched his ticket to the first postseason action he’d had in years.

“I just remember that it was kind of an eye-opener because you saw all of how the NFL Draft process works,” he recalled.  “You’ll be walking through the hotel lobby and coaches will just grab you at any time and ask you questions for a little while, and try to get to know you.

After his Boilermakers failed to finish with a winning season in each of his final three years, Kerrigan was a bit of an unknown to the national audience.  He had put up big numbers in college, but had rarely played on a big stage, which left coaching staffs curious.

“You really saw how every team is really just digging for information and really trying to find things out about you, and they’ll go to any lengths to find it.  It’s really just interesting from that regard, but it really gives you some perspective.”

This game and week of practice was a big stage for a player like Kerrigan, who had risen near the top of many draft boards.  Playing against elite peer competition, Kerriganse seized his opportunity with a strong performance throughout the week.

In addition to meeting with Redskins coaching staff while he was down there, Kerrigan also developed a bond with the Cincinnati Bengals’ coaching staff, which guided his North Team. Read more »

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Kerrigan Back At Purdue Finishing Degree

Posted by Brian Tinsman on January 25, 2012 – 12:09 pm

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The NFL season is a grueling five month endeavor that begins in a fiery August and ends in a frozen January (or February).  Along the way, players get understandably tired, and use the first few weeks of the offseason to decompress and relax.

Some go home to reacquaint with family and friends, while others fly to remote locations to get away.

And then there is rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who flew back to West Lafayette, Ind. to finish up his undergraduate degree at Purdue.  Classes began on Monday, Jan. 9, a mere eight days after the final pro game of his rookie season.

“I’m taking five classes this semester and then I’ll have a little bit more to go after that,” he told me last week.  “I switched majors late in my career, so that kind of set me back a bit, but I’ll be able to graduate with a few more classes after this semester.”

It’s been 13 months since Kerrigan sat in a Purdue classroom, but a lot has changed for him in that span.  He put his final semester of college on hold to train for the NFL Draft process, improving his stock to a mid-first round prospect.  He played in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., competed in the NFL Combine in nearby Indianapolis, Ind., exhibited at the Purdue Pro Day, and flew to New York for the NFL Draft.

When he finally got to Washington in August, his learning process was just beginning, as he transitioned from a down lineman to the outside linebacker position.  The classroom setting may have changed, but his practical education has been working overtime.

“It’s good to keep the brain going, I guess,” he said casually.  “I just got out of class and took like three or four pages of notes.  At first I thought, ‘Man, I haven’t done this in a while,’ but then I remembered, ‘Oh, yes I have.’  It’s just different from a curriculum standpoint, but it’s similar in importance.” Read more »

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