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The Falcon #1 pick(9th overall) in the 1984 NFL Draft passed away


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Ricky Bryan died on July 25, 2009 between 10-11 pm. He died of a heart attack in his recliner in his sleep.


Bryan was the ninth overall pick in the 1984 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Atlanta Falcons and spent all nine years of his pro career with the team. The Falcons learned what OU already knew: Bryan was flat-out tough."

"Falcons team doctors advised Bryan to quit after he was diagnosed with a spinal nerve injury in 1989. He kept playing and started 16 games each of the next two seasons, producing a career-best 31 tackles in 1991. He once said his back pain was so severe he couldn’t tie his own shoes."



Bryan played in 109 games and he had 29 sacks and one safety with the Falcons

Bryan had 7.5 sacks in 1985 and 7.0 sacks in 1986

Player Tackle Data didnt start until 2001

In his first game for the Falcons, Bryan had 1.5 (some sites say 2) sacks and a Safety in a victory over the Saints 36-28



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Former Falcon Bryan dead at 47By D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution




Former Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Rick Bryan died of a fatal heart attack at his home in Oklahoma Saturday.

.Bryan, 47, was a two-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma and was selected by the Falcons with the ninth pick in the 1984 NFL draft. While with the Falcons, Bryan was advised to retire in 1989 after he was diagnosed with a spinal nerve injury. However, he continued to play and started 19 of 34 games over the next three seasons.

“No one outworked him,” Former Oklahoma coach Switzer said of Bryan to the Tulsa World. “I just wish he had played on a national championship team. He had it all.”

Among survivors include his wife, Shelby; son Mike, who is an All-Conference USA linebacker at the University of Tulsa; and two daughters, Jenni and Kristin. Bryan’s funeral service is set for 10 a.m. in Coweta, Okla.

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