Mike Ryan is ready for Phase 2.
Ryan left the Jacksonville Jaguars last Friday after 26 years as the franchise's head athletic trainer. He worked 533 games, helped thousands of players and treated countless injuries, and now he wants to spend time with his wife and two young children, writes Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.
"It’s been mixed emotions all week," Ryan said. "I have such fond memories of this place and love the people that are here. It’s tough to leave but I’m excited about what the future holds. I see this as Phase Two. I love to take care of people. My personal mission statement is to enhance the health of others. So, I never have to retire. What I’ve learned over the years is if you can help someone decrease their pain and increase their function, you really change their lives. It can be someone 70-80 years old or it can be a 22-year-old wide receiver. That’s something special."
Ryan will continue to work with clients through his website MikeRyanFitness.com.
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