|Occupation:||Australian Rules Footballer|
|Birth Day:||March 14, 1988|
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He grew up playing for the Western Australian Football League and was the seventh overall pick in the 2005 AFL Draft.
Essendon secured Ryder with its first selection in the 2005 AFL Draft, which was the seventh pick in the league.
Ryder was awarded a NAB Rising Star nomination for his efforts in Round 1, 2007. He won the Anzac Medal in 2009 after teammate David Hille was injured in the opening minutes of the game, resulting in Ryder rucking unassisted for the rest of the game.
Ryder, along with 33 other past and present Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his team-mates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal, but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately 14 months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 AFL season.
In the 2017 season, Ryder became one of the best ruckmen in the league. He played his 200th AFL game in round 14, in which Port Adelaide defeated Collingwood by 31 points at the MCG. Eventually, he was named an All Australian ruckman and John Cahill Medalist as a best and fairest player for the club.
At the conclusion of the 2019 AFL season, Ryder requested a trade to St Kilda. The trade was finalised on 15 October and Ryder was traded to St Kilda along with Port teammate Dougal Howard and pick 10 and a 2020 fourth-round selection, in return for the Saints' picks 12 and 18 and a 2020 third-round selection. Ryder nominated to join St Kilda ahead of his former club Essendon. He chose to leave Port Adelaide due to a perceived lack of opportunity in the ruck division at the Power. Of the move, Ryder stated that "I guess the way things have panned out at Port Adelaide over the past couple of years is Port Adelaide’s brought in Scotty Lycett, who's a terrific ruckman, and they've got a couple of young blokes on the list that probably need a bit more time to develop. And I guess being my age and stuff I’m taking away that opportunity for them, so I'm very understanding of the football club and respect their decision. But I feel like I've still got a lot more to give, so I'll be going down to Moorabbin." On choosing to join the Saints ahead of his former team, Ryder admitted that he was leaning towards joining the Bombers initially until he toured their facilities; "I just didn't get like a really, really good feeling from going back there", said Ryder in October 2019. "But then I went down to Moorabbin and it was a sense of like excitement and in the end thats what I ended up basing my decision on." Ryder played in the winning elimination final against Western Bulldogs, but an injury sustained in the game ended his season.
Currently, Paddy Ryder is 34 years, 8 months and 19 days old. Paddy Ryder will celebrate 35th birthday on a Tuesday 14th of March 2023.
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