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Hey John Elway, you haven't seen the last of recently retired offensive tackle Ryan Clady. He will soon see you on the links. Maybe in Lake Tahoe for the Celebrity Golf Championship down the road.
Clady was in town to serve as an honorary captain for Sunday's regular season finale against the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the 12th overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Boise State and started 98 regular season games before spending a season with the New York Jets.
Now that Clady is not pass blocking any longer _ or rehabbing from injuries _ he's had a chance to hone his golf game. He's even taken a few lessons. Elway, the Hall of Fame QB turned general manager of the Broncos, is a scratch golfer.
"Body feels good, not getting sidelined by injuries and slowing my golf game down," Clady joked.
The team will send a letter to the league announcing that Clady plans to retire as a member of the blue and orange. His four Pro Bowls selections are second-most among Broncos linemen, trailing only center Tom Nalen (five).
"I missed it a little bit earlier in the season, but not anymore," Clady said. "I started working out Mondays in October and I was like, 'Wow, I've never felt this good in October.' Body is feeling good."
The 31-year-old Clady's plans in retirement are simple: Get into real estate, play with his young child, do some yoga and improve his golf game.
"I was telling Elway, 'You might catch me at the Tahoe Classic,'" he said before quickly adding, "in a couple years _ not right now. A couple of years."
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