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With Rookie Year In The Past, Ryan Kerrigan Heads Back To School

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

This spring has been significantly more relaxed for Ryan Kerrigan.

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The Washington Redskins linebacker, a rookie this past season, has returned to Purdue to continue making progress on his mathematics degree. He left school before the spring semester last year to begin training for the NFL, which he did at Velocity Sports Performance in Costa Mesa, Calif.

“If I’ve gotten this far, I might as well try to finish it up,” Kerrigan said by phone Thursday night by phone.

It’s not unusual for players to return to school during the offseason to prepare for their post-football careers. Fullback Darrel Young, for example, is pursuing a Master’s in Sport Administration at George Mason.

Kerrigan, though, finds himself in a different situation. He’s moved back in with several of his former teammates and friends in a house near campus and was fortunate to be able to do so when another moved out to take a job in Texas.

He’ll have to return to northern Virginia in April as the Redskins resume with organized team activities, but his hope is to be able to finish his degree either this summer via online classes or next spring.

Before becoming one of the league’s top defensive rookies – he had 63 tackles, including 7.5 sacks, and an interception and four forced fumbles – he planned on becoming a high school algebra teacher.

By finishing the degree, he’ll make sure both his football and scholastic careers are options.

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