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Ryan serving as proud dad at title game

Posted by Chris Brown on January 11, 2016 – 11:38 am

Bills head coach Rex Ryan will be in the stands tonight at the National Championship game between Alabama and Clemson as his son Seth is a reserve receiver and holder for the undefeated Tigers. Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike show Monday, Ryan shared how his son came to decide on Clemson.

“The thing about (Clemson head coach) Dabo (Swinney) is when I was looking around for my son – I’ve gone all over the country and the one guy that jumped out at me was Dabo was he talked about his players like I talked about my players,” said Ryan. “And oh by the way he’s one heck of a football coach. I told my son to save one of his college visits for Clemson. I didn’t know Dabo Swinney, but when he went around to look at schools and things he obviously made the best decision he could possibly make.”

For Rex there was a secondary reason that he wanted Seth playing under a knowledgeable football coach.

“When you look at the programs (Nick) Saban was going to have (my son) walk on as well,” said Ryan. “The big thing for me was to have him learn football because my son wants to coach football and follow in the family tradition of being a football coach. So that was important to me so I wanted to make sure he could get that kind of knowledge and have a better opportunity than when I was going to school.”

As for tonight’s game, Ryan says he’ll be soaking it all in.

“It’s amazing because as a parent we all want our kids to be successful and hopefully a little better than us,” he said. “When you think of all the teams in the country and it’s come down to this. It’s going to be awesome as a dad.”


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