O'Callaghan with the Chiefs in 2010
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|Born:||July 19, 1983|
|Height:||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Weight:||330 lb (150 kg)|
|High school:||Redding (CA) Enterprise|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 5 / Pick: 136|
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Ryan Thomas O'Callaghan (born July 19, 1983) is a former American football offensive tackle. He played college football at California and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He also played for the Kansas City Chiefs. O'Callaghan is one of only a few openly gay former NFL players. He wrote about his life in his 2019 memoir, 'My Life On The Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me and Ended Up Saving My Life.'
As a rookie, O'Callaghan started in his first NFL game against the Buffalo Bills in 2006, at right tackle. He would go on to start six games in 2006, as well as a game in 2007, filling in for injured starter Nick Kaczur. O'Callaghan missed the entire 2008 season after being placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury on August 28. He was waived by the Patriots on September 5, 2009 during final cuts.
O'Callaghan was picked up off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs on September 6, 2009 after being released by New England the previous day. He started 12 games that year. The Chiefs re-signed O'Callaghan on April 15, 2010. He played in 11 games with one start. He was not offered a contract for the 2011 NFL season.
On December 20, 2014, Ryan was inducted into the Shasta County Sports Hall of Fame along with several other athletes from Shasta County, California, such as Max Burch, Sam Enochian, Jeff Foster, Ricky Ray, Megan Rapinoe, Eddie Wilson, and Mark Wilson.
O'Callaghan was raised in Redding, California. In June 2017, he came out as gay in an interview with Outsports. He shared his struggle with self-acceptance and that he had convinced himself that no one would accept him as a gay man, reconciling that he would end his life when his football career had ended. The turning point was when he came out to the Chiefs' clinical psychologist and then later to teammates and family who were all supportive. He now speaks openly about his struggles and coming out.
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