“I’ve always tried to help out wherever I could, whether it was in college or even in high school. That was just what I did, it’s who I am.’’ In Ryans’ later years with the Eagles, the defensive coaches always referred to the linebacker as a coach on the field.Former defensive coordinator Billy Davis nicknamed him Mufasa, after the character from The Lion King.“Then when I got to the league, Kevin Bentley and Morlon Greenwoood and Shawn Barber, those older guys they really reached out and helped and that’s how it’s always been for me.So, the least I could do is pass it on to others.’’ As a young player with the Texans, Ryans made an impression on a coaching staff that included now 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and linebackers coach Johnny Holland.De Meco Ryans, a standout linebacker for the University of Alabama and former Houston Texan and Philadelphia Eagle, recently brought suit against the National Football League, his former team, and multiple entities stemming from a 2014 Achilles tendon injury.
Unofficially, Ryans has been coaching from the time he started playing high school football at Jess Lanier High School in Bessemer, Alabama.
Ryans, who saw injuries end his 10-year playing career in 2015 after six seasons with the Houston Texans and the final four with the Philadelphia Eagles, is ready to get started on phase two of his NFL life.
And it’s something that is not a surprise to anyone who knows the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker.
The movement of the Bama backs, dubbed the "Pollard Shift" after Bama coach Dr. A free-for-all after the game was also an influencing factor in the cancellation of the series.
on this day 11/16/1907 Alabama ties Auburn 6-6 at the Fairgrounds in Birmingham, thanks according to Auburn coach Mike Donahue to an illegal shift used by the Bama offense. Pollard, so infuriated the Auburn coach that the series was halted until 1948.
While playing for the Eagles in Houston against his former team, he sustained an Achilles heel injury on November 3, 2014, allegedly as a result of defective turf.