Lilja with the Colts during
Super Bowl XLIV in 2010
|Position:||Center / Guard|
|Date of birth:||October 15, 1981|
|Place of birth:||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||290 lb (132 kg)|
|High school:||Shawnee Mission (KS) Northwest|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
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Ryan Matthew Lilja (born October 15, 1981) is a former American football center and guard. He played college football at Kansas State, and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2004, and later played with them from 2010 to 2012. Lilja also played with the Indianapolis Colts from 2004 to 2009, with whom he won Super Bowl XLI over the Chicago Bears.
Ryan and his brothers were raised in Kansas City. Lilja attended Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and was a student and a letterman in football and golf. In football, he was a three-year starter.
He was a two-year starter at Coffeyville Community College before he transferred to Kansas State University, where he was a two-year player who started 14 of 23 career games. Lilja was named to the second-team All-Big Twelve squad in 2003.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed Lilja as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2004 season. He was waived on September 5, 2004, with the intention of signing him to the practice squad if he cleared waivers.
On September 6, 2004, Lilja was claimed off waivers by the Indianapolis Colts soon after the Chiefs waived him.
The Colts re-signed Lilja on February 19, 2008, to a five-year deal worth $20 million.
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