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10 Fun Facts About Former New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on January 1, 2015

Next in our series of fun facts on the most recently fired NFL head coaches is the man who wore the green and white hat of the New York Jets. Rex Ryan was a headline grabber during his six seasons as head coach of the New York Jets. His run at the top job ended following the 2014 NFL season. We won’t let him just go away unnoticed, we owe him one. Check out:

10 Fun Facts About Rex Ryan

Happy Birthday, Rex

1. Rex Ryan was born on December 13, 1962. Other notable people born on December 13th like him include Abraham Lincoln’s wife Mary Todd Lincoln, actor Van Heflin, boxer Archie Moore, United States Secretary of State George Shultz, baseball player Larry Doby, actor Dick Van Dyke, actor Christopher Plummer, baseball player Ferguson Jenkins, businessman-politician Herman Cain, guitarist Ted Nugent, professional wrestler Junkyard Dog, economist Ben Bernanke, baseball player Dale Berra, actor Steve Buscemi, actor Jamie Foxx, sportscaster Mike Tirico, football coach Bo Pelini, UFC fighter B.J. Penn, and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

North of the Border

2. Rex Ryan’s parents divorced when he was young and he and his twin brother Rob spent much of their youth growing up in Canada where their mother had settled.

Playing Days

3. Rex Ryan played defensive end at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, graduating in 1986. The defensive lineman on the other end of that defensive line was his twin brother Rob.

Where It All Started

4. Rex Ryan’s first coaching job was in 1986 as a graduate assistant at Eastern Kentucky University.

An Early Award

5. 2006 saw Rex Ryan named the Assistant Coach of the Year in the NFL by Pro Football Weekly and the Pro Football Writers Association.

The Man And His Quarterbacks

6. The New York Jets had five different starting quarterbacks during Rex Ryan’s six year career as the team’s head coach: Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, Greg McElroy, Geno Smith, and Michael Vick.

A Patriots Fan?

7. In the 2012 Adam Sandler film That’s My Boy, Rex Ryan made a cameo appearance as a fan of the New England Patriots.

Ahh… The Hall of Fame

8. 2011 saw Rex Ryan be inducted into the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame.

Just Under .500

9. Rex Ryan challenged 49 plays during his time as Jets head coach. 23 were overturned and 26 were upheld by the replay officials.

1st Place to 11th Place

10. During his six year run as New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan’s team defense ranked as high as number one and as low as 11th in the entire NFL.

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