HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11: Ryan Diem #71 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during the National Anthem before the Colts played against the Houston Texans on September 11, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
ColtFans,met with Ryan D,big#71 in ur hearts n program,yesterday;he is going 2 retire,raise those new twins,we wish him happy alumnus status— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) March 23, 2012
Diem then responded on Twitter, thanking Irsay and the Colts organization.
@JimIrsay Thanks for the opportunity, Mr. Irsay!The last 11 years have been unbelievable, and I appreciate every minute of it.— Ryan Diem (@ryandiem) March 23, 2012
Diem was drafted in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played guard for his first three years before switching to right tackle. He played that position for seven years before switching back to guard in 2011. For years, Diem truly was an underrated, under-appreciated tackle. His play eroded significantly in recent years, but his presence in the locker room made up for his declining skills.
Diem was a tough player who always gave 100%. We wish him well in retirement. Perhaps, in the future, one of his twins can get drafted to play right tackle for new Colts quarterback Marshall Manning.
Congrats on retirement, Ryan. Wish you nothing but the best.