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Jon Runyan

Runyan in May 2008
No. --     Free Agent
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: November 27, 1973 (1973-11-27) (age 36)
Place of birth: Flint, Michigan
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1996 / Round: 4 / Pick: 109
Debuted in 1996 for the Houston Oilers
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Games played     207
Games started     192
Stats at NFL.com

Jon Daniel Runyan (born November 27, 1973 in Flint, Michigan) is an American football offensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.

Runyan has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.

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Early years

Runyan was an All-State basketball Center and was recruited by Michigan State, though he declined in order to play football. Runyan was a two-time Michigan state shotput champion.

Professional career

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Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans

Runyan was drafted in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans). He played with the Houston Oilers in 1996 and became a starter in only the sixth game of his rookie season. He moved with the team as they became the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 and 1998, and finally played one year in the new jerseys as the Tennessee Titans in 1999 when the team made it to Super Bowl XXXIV. Runyan is the last active player in the NFL to have played for the Houston Oilers.[1]

Philadelphia Eagles

Runyan was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles to a six-year, $30 million contract on February 14, 2000 as an unrestricted free agent. The contract made him the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history at the time.[2] Runyan was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2002.

On March 24, 2006, the Eagles announced that Runyan had re-signed with the team with a three-year contract.[3] He had visited with the New York Jets on March 21 prior to re-signing with the Eagles.[4]

In a Sports Illustrated magazine in October 2006, Runyan was ranked second on a list of the Dirtiest Players in the NFL.[5] Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman recalled how Runyan "was one of the dirtiest players I’ve ever been against in my whole entire life. He was real good at being dirty."[6] Runyan did not deny the charges, criticizing the current game instead: "That’s the way the game’s supposed to be played. I think they’ve tried to change that over the years. It’s turned into a basketball game out there."[7]

In a 2007 game against the Dallas Cowboys, Runyan instructed Eagles running back Brian Westbrook to take a knee at the one-yard line rather than score a touchdown with two minutes left in the game so that Dallas would not get the ball back. Westbrook followed Runyan's suggestion, the play worked, and Philadelphia won the game.[8]

A 2008 poll revealed that getting blocked by Runyan on a screen pass was one of the scariest things in the NFL.[9]

Runyan held the remarkable streak for an offensive lineman of having started 190 consecutive regular season games. This was the second longest streak among active NFL players in 2008. He has also started in all 18 playoff games his teams have appeared in during this streak.

On January 28, 2009, Runyan had microfacture surgery on his right knee.[10] In February 2009, Runyan's contract expired with the team. He worked out for the Eagles on September 10.[11]

San Diego Chargers

In mid-August Runyan was cleared to play, but did not sign with a team until November 24, 2009 when he signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Chargers after Jeromey Clary was placed on injured reserve.

Broadcasting career

Runyan made his debut as a broadcast analyst during the 2007 NFL Europa season, calling a game between the Berlin Thunder and the Hamburg Sea Devils.

Congressional candidacy

In November 2009 published reports indicated Runyan was interested in challenging incumbent Democratic Congressman John Adler in the 2010 election as a Republican candidate for New Jersey's 3rd congressional district.[12] On November 24, 2009, Runyan announced his congressional bid to run for the Republican nomination in NJ's 3rd congressional district.[13] On March 6, 2010, the Ocean County Republicans endorsed Runyan for Congress.[14]

Personal

Runyan has three children with his wife, Loretta: Jon Daniel, Jr., Alyssa, and Isabella. Runyan has been a resident of Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey.[15]

A Flint-Area annual high school track invitational, hosted by Carman-Ainsworth High School, is named in his honor: The "Jon Runyan Classic".

Runyan is known to fans around the NFL as "Big Ol' Jon Runyan" due to John Madden frequently referring to him as such.

He loves to bowl and does a lot of charity events through bowling.

Runyan appeared in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia portraying a construction worker.

References

  1. ^ McClain, John (2008-04-20). "And then there was one - After McNair's retirement, Eagles tackle Runyan is last Oiler standing". Houston Chronicle. http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:HCBF&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=1203F3E0DBF6EB98&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  2. ^ "RB Stewart heads to Motor City". February 15, 2000. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=RN0nAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IOwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3662,3896861. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  3. ^ Pasquarelli, Len (March 24, 2006). "Eagles, OT Runyan agree to three-year contract". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2382786. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  4. ^ Robinson, Charles (March 21, 2006). "Bargain shopping begins". Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=cr-freeagents032106&prov=yhoo&type=lgns. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Pats' Harrison can't wash hands of dirtiest player label". ESPN.com. October 19, 2006. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2631666. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  6. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AnRkPoOmuMi2Z.bU8g2lhCRDubYF?slug=ap-chargers-runyan&prov=ap&type=lgns
  7. ^ http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AnRkPoOmuMi2Z.bU8g2lhCRDubYF?slug=ap-chargers-runyan&prov=ap&type=lgns
  8. ^ "Eagles RB Westbrook credits Runyan for his stop inside 1-yard line". CBSSports.com. December 17, 2007. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/10534431. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  9. ^ Kevin Seifert fears factors - ESPN
  10. ^ Tucker, Ross (May 27, 2009). "Old man and the knee: Runyan eyes return despite injury issues". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/ross_tucker/05/27/runyan/?eref=T1. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  11. ^ Eagles Work Out Runyan - Philadelphia Eagles
  12. ^ http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/34910/former-eagles-player-possible-adler-opponent
  13. ^ http://www.politickernj.com/matt-friedman/35131/runyan-now-charger-announces-nj-3-congressional-bid
  14. ^ http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/article_98b631cc-2944-11df-ae6a-001cc4c03286.html
  15. ^ Brookover, Bob. "Free agent Runyan to visit Jets today: The right tackle is also talking to the Birds. His goal is to stay near home and also get a good deal.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 2006. Accessed July 12, 2008. "Runyan, 32, said this is likely to be his last NFL contract, and it is clear that he would like to remain with the Eagles if the price is right. Barring that, he wants to remain as close to his Mount Laurel home as possible."

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Lonnie Palelei
Philadelphia Eagles Starting Right Tackles
2000-2008
Succeeded by
Winston Justice

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