You are here
Mon., Jan. 22, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST
Mon., Jan. 22, 2018 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM EST
Tue., Jan. 23, 2018 12:00 AM to 11:55 AM EST
Patriots Ryan, Beauharnais graduate from Rutgers
Mon., Jan. 22, 2018 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM EST
The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on Patriots.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the New England Patriots organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Patriots officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.
For Ryan, getting his degree this spring fulfilled a promise he made to his parents when he entered the 2013 NFL Draft following his redshirt junior season. A third-round pick of New England last spring, Ryan held up his end of the deal this offseason when he finished the requirements for the degree in labor relations and minor in psychology that he received over the weekend.
"It's a big accomplishment in my life," Ryan told NJ.com. "I held my word to my parents and Coach [Kyle] Flood, and I stuck with it and I'm fortunate. It took a lot of work, but I was able to go back this offseason and finish and walk in this graduation."
Ryan actually began his schoolwork when the Patriots were still playing this past January, the rookie playing a key role for the defense by leading NFL rookies with five interceptions But the University was flexible with the cornerback before he actually returned to campus for classes when New England was eliminated from the postseason.
“My parents raised me to always finish what you start," Ryan said. "They didn't allow me to quit any teams. Growing up, if I was going to commit myself to doing something or if I had a new hobby, and my parents were going to pay for it or let me pursue it, they were going to make sure I took it seriously. Just like school, I didn't want to leave college and never finish. I committed to Rutgers, not only as a football player but as a student, so I was going to make sure I finished on that end, too." Read