He then pulled out a letter from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, which congratulated him on being among this year's inductees. Ryan was a defensive end, as was twin brother Rob for the Bulldogs, and he graduated from the school, located in Weatherford, Okla., in 1986.
"I'll say this: Anytime I got a letter from the office of the president, it's usually not a good thing," Ryan said.
"It boils down to two Hall of Famers butting heads," Ryan said. "So, that's why I'll wear the jacket today."
Belichick is in Wesleyan University's Athletic Hall of Fame after a standout career as a center and tight end, and as a captain on the lacrosse team.
"We know he's going to have a bust in Canton and all that in that other minor Hall of Fame," a smiling Ryan said. "Two great athletes, obviously. I think I could've held my own with him on the football field, but I also saw that he was a lacrosse player, and I have no idea what I'm doing in lacrosse. I do like the idea, though, of hitting people with a stick, so I think I might've been all right.
"So, he clearly has it."
So, Rex, who's going to present you on that big day? Maybe Rob, and add this to the sibling rivalry?
"Well," Ryan said smiling again, "unfortunately I found out my brother got the same letter."
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