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Ryan Pontbriand : biography

October 1, 1979 -

Ryan David Pontbriand (born October 1, 1979) is an American football long snapper and center who most recently played for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Rice University, and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He has the distinction of being the highest-drafted long snapper in the history of the NFL Draft.

Early years

Pontbriand attended Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas, where he was a three-year letterman and a full-time starter on the football team's offensive line. He was a first-team all-district selection as a senior after receiving an honorable mention as a junior. Pontbriand was named his team's offensive lineman of the year during his senior year and was his team's co-captain.

Professional career

Cleveland Browns

After finishing his fifth year at Rice, Pontbriand was eligible for the NFL Draft. In the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Ryan was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 142nd overall pick. Pontbriand is one of only twelve long snappers drafted since 1982. Since being drafted, Pontbriand has missed only five games, which occurred during the 2005 season due to a back injury. Pontbriand was named to the Pro Bowl as the "need" player in 2007, 2008.

On November 29, 2011, he was waived by the Browns after having trouble snapping the ball reliably.

San Francisco 49ers

Pontbriand signed with the San Francisco 49ers on February 21, 2012. He was released on June 15.

College career

Ryan graduated high school and attended Rice University, redshirting his first year of eligibility in 1998. While at Rice, Pontbriand was the team's long snapper, and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.

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