Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (November 24, 1982) is a retired American football quarterback who spent 17 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Fitzpatrick started at quarterback for nine different clubs during his career, which is the most in league history. He’s also the first player in NFL history to have thrown a touchdown pass and an interception for eight separate teams.
Fitzpatrick was drafted in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams after playing college football at Harvard and became the school’s first quarterback to sprint for 1,000 yards. He spent four seasons with the Buffalo Bills, and his only two winning seasons were with the New York Jets in 2015 and the Miami Dolphins in 2020. He also became the first NFL quarterback to throw for over 400 yards in three consecutive games while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018.
Fitzpatrick earned the nickname “Fitzmagic” for his competitive performances and proclivity for unlikely comebacks. He has the most career throwing yards and touchdowns among NFL quarterbacks who have never played in the postseason.
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s net worth, salary
Ryan Fitzpatrick is a professional football player from the United States with a net worth of $30 million. Ryan Fitzpatrick was born in November 1982 in Gilbert, Arizona. He attended Gilbert Highland High School and was a quarterback. Fitzpatrick was selected Ivy League Player of the Year and first-team All-Ivy League in 2004 while playing collegiate football at Harvard.
Fitzpatrick made five starts for the Crimson as a backup for Neil Rose during the 2001 and 2002 seasons while studying economics at Harvard. He threw for 1,155 yards, eight touchdowns, and no interceptions in 2002. That year, he also rushed for 523 yards and five touchdowns.
Following Rose’s graduation in 2003, Fitzpatrick took over the starting job. Fitzpatrick threw for 1,770 yards, 16 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in seven games as a junior. He also led his club to a 7–3 record by rushing for 430 yards and six rushing touchdowns.
Fitzpatrick won the George H. “Bulger” Lowe Award and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2004 after accumulating 1,986 yards, 13 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He also led Harvard to a perfect 10–0 record and the Ivy League title. With 448 rushing yards and five touchdowns, he finished second on the team.
Fitzpatrick completed 384 of 641 passes (59.9%) for 5,234 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in his career. In 30 games, he accumulated 1,487 yards and 16 touchdowns on 365 carries (4.1 average) and totaled 6,721 yards, an average of 224.0 yards per game. He is only surpassed by Neil Rose (5,949 yards, 41 touchdowns, 455 completions, 62.4 percent, 1998–2002) on Harvard’s career list for pass completions, touchdowns, yards passing, and pass completion %.
His 641 pass attempts rank fourth all-time at the school. Mike Giardi (1991–1993) had 1,005 total plays for 6,519 yards in total offense, while Rose had 1,006 total plays for 6,721 yards in total offense. He was also the first quarterback in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in his career.
Fitzpatrick was announced as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback for the second year in a row on September 7, 2020, after defeating rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in training camp. Fitzpatrick threw for 191 yards and three interceptions in an 11–21 road loss to the New England Patriots in the season opener. He threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns in the next game, a tight 31–28 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Fitzpatrick threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns, as well as a running touchdown, in a 31–13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars the next week. He set a new NFL record with six wins versus a single opponent while playing for separate teams. Fitzpatrick also became the only player since 1948 to finish with two passing touchdowns, a running touchdown, 20 rushing yards, and a reception in the same game, joining Walter Payton.
Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns against the San Francisco 49ers two weeks later in a 43–17 road win. Fitzpatrick passed for 191 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in a 24–0 shutout victory against his previous team, the New York Jets. On October 20, two days after the bye week, Brian Flores designated Tagovailoa the team’s starting quarterback for the Dolphins’ Week 8 game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Fitzpatrick replaced Tagovailoa in the fourth quarter of Week 11 against the Denver Broncos after he was benched for poor performance. During the 20–13 loss on the road, he passed for 117 yards and an interception.
After Tagovailoa jammed his thumb in practice, Fitzpatrick was named the Dolphins’ starting quarterback in Week 12 against the Jets. He passed for 257 yards and a score in the 20–3 triumph on the road. Fitzpatrick was brought in to relieve Tagovailoa early in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders after the latter was benched.
With 19 seconds left in the game and down 25–23 with no timeouts, he led a game-winning drive in which he found Mack Hollins for a 34-yard pass down while having his face mask pulled. The pass, combined with a 15-yard face mask penalty, resulted to Jason Sanders’ game-winning field goal as the Dolphins won by a score of 26–25 on the road.
He threw for 182 yards and a 59-yard touchdown strike to Myles Gaskin to finish the game. Fitzpatrick was placed to the Dolphins’ reserve/COVID-19 list on December 31, 2020. The Dolphins lost their rematch with the Bills in week 17 without Fitzpatrick, 56–26, with Tagovailoa at quarterback, and were eliminated from playoff contention when the Indianapolis Colts won later that day.
On January 11, 2021, Fitzpatrick was activated off the reserve list. Fitzpatrick started seven games and appeared in nine others in 2020, compiling 2,091 passing yards, 13 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
Football Team of Washington (2021)
On March 18, 2021, Fitzpatrick signed a one-year contract with the Washington Football Team. He started the first game of the 2021 season but was placed on injured reserve after suffering a hip subluxation in the second quarter, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season.