Ryan Nall is a Portland native who was born on December 27th, 1995 to Fred and Teri Nall. Ryan has an older brother Jacob, who played football at Portland State University and a younger sister Katie, who played volleyball at Humboldt State University. Ryan likes to claim Portland as home even though he lived in Sandy, which is about an hour east. Growing up, Ryan often dreamt of one day playing in the NFL.
Ryan graduated from Central Catholic High School in 2014, where he led the football team to their first state championship in 63 years. Ryan was a two-way starter where he played linebacker and running back. As a linebacker, Ryan had 25 solo tackles, 5 sacks and 2 interceptions. While playing running back, Ryan rushed for 1,684 yards on 128 carries and had 22 touchdowns. Ryan was named to the state’s first team both on offense and defense and was named the state of Oregon’s Offensive Player of the Year. Ryan received a handful of scholarship offers, but knew from the start that he wanted to attend Oregon State.
Ryan attended OSU from 2014-17, where he redshirted as a freshman. Once he saw action on the field, Ryan took over. In the three seasons that Ryan was OSU’s starting running back, he rushed for 2,216 yards and 24 touchdowns. Ryan led OSU to their first victory over Oregon in ten years during the 2016 season. During that game, Ryan rushed 31 times for 155 yards and 4 touchdowns. As a result of that performance, Ryan was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. After the 2017 season, Ryan declared for the NFL Draft.
Ryan went undrafted in 2018, but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears where he spent a year and half on the practice squad before getting his opportunity when he was signed to the active roster in November 2019. Ryan was primarily a special teams player who also played running back. In the backfield, Ryan had six rushing attempts for 12 yards and nine receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. On special teams, Ryan had three returns for 35 yards and eight solo tackles. Ryan spent four years in Chicago, after which he was was signed by the Dallas Cowboys during the 2022 offseason. During training camp, Nall suffered a shoulder injury that would sideline him. Ryan is currently a free agent looking for another opportunity to play in the NFL.
Off the field, Ryan is married to his high school sweetheart and the two recently welcomed their daughter to the world. One of Ryan’s favorite hobbies is golf, something he learned to play while at OSU. Ryan has been spending time visiting Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, where he plays games with and delivers gifts to children. Ryan plans to continue to build his relationship with Doernbecher as he is passionate about their mission and strives to continue to make a positive impact on the lives of countless children.