Ryan Curtiss | Muhlenberg College | TE/H/Slot WR
Twitter: @curtiss_ryan | Instagram: @ryancurtiss11
Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Muhlenberg College?
A: My College career was very unique and an experience I would never trade away or forget. My recruiting process was actually pretty interesting. Out of High School I decided to go to Pace University (D2) and played outside linebacker. After my freshman year I decided to enter the transfer portal and head to Muhlenberg College (D3). I chose to transfer to Muhlenberg because I few of my teammates from high school were on the team and had very good feedback about the coaches and the program.There was an opening at the TE position and I knew I would be able to benefit the team at that position. The team was very fitting and quickly I was able to make an impact for the team and the school. By the end of my college career I was able to experience a lot of different positions and schemes which makes my very dynamic. I was able to finish my career as a 3 year All American and was able to break some records on the way as well.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest personal sports accomplishment is becoming a 3 year All American at Muhlenberg College. With hardwork and dedication I was able to achieve All American at Muhlenberg all 3 years I attended. In my 3 years at Muhlenberg I was able to help lead the program to back-to-back conference championships and an Elite 8 placement and a Final 4 placement. Being able to be recognized as an All American 3 straight years was a special accomplishment that I am proud to have.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Muhlenberg?
A: The coaching staff at Muhlenberg College is one I will never forget. They taught me how to become a better person on and off the field while teaching me to be the best football player I can be. One thing that really I really learned from my coaching staff is patience and work ethic. I found myself rushing my routes and not trusting my ability early in my college career. As I learned more and more from my coaches, I became more patient and began to trust my ability and my instincts. Hard work ethic is something that this program is built on. We worked harder in practice than any other team day in and day out and had a “Dig In” mentality.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out
A: My major is Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Football is my main goal right now but my plans after football are to stay in the sports area. I am interested in sports marketing and sports analytics and want to be able to find a career in those fields. I do not know much about what type of job I would like but, I would like to continue with sports and marketing and find a way to connect them.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: My teammates would describe me as a determined and hardworking person. I enjoy having fun with my friends and family but my best qualities are my work ethic and my determination to win and get better. I see myself as a very competitive person and when I accomplish something, I always look to do better. My teammates would say that I am a very good teammate and always have their backs no matter the circumstance.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: One of my most memorable plays of my career actually happened in the last game of my college career. In the semifinals of the D3 Playoffs, in the 3rd quarter I caught a 5 yard out route and turned it into a 75 yard TD. This play was the most memorable for me because it was my final catch and TD of my career. With it being my last catch and TD, it also was my 15th receiving TD of the year which allowed me to break the schools record for most receiving TDs in a season.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: One of my biggest challenges was Transferring after my freshman year. I wanted to make sure that I was making the right decision with the next school I was going to because of how crucial this point in time is in my life. This decision was the hardest decision or challenge I came across and managed it very well. I knew when coming to Muhlenberg I had to work even harder to get on the field because I was a transfer to a D3 school.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I see myself as a very unique football player. I feel as if I could be put in many different positions on the field and succeed. Kyle Jusczyk is a player who I see myself comparing well too. He is capable of running the ball, catching the ball, and blocking. He is able to do so many things on the field and it makes him very dynamic. I have the same size as Kyle and see many of the same strengths and skills that he has in me.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength that I can bring to a professional team would be flexibility and being able to be dynamic. I am capable of playing many positions on the field and have a lot of experience in all phases of the game. I have played both sides of the ball at different levels in college and have succeeded very well in special teams. Pro scouts should consider me because I am capable of being moved around and used in various different ways and positions.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?
A: Yes, here at Muhlenberg we participate in Be The Match every year. Mike Donnelly who passed away from Leukemia and was our head coach for 20 years. We collect donations of cheek swabs and the purpose of Be The Match is to build a system of people who have matches of bone marrow with people who are suffering from Leukemia. We raise money for the charity and help create matches for people who are in need.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: To prepare for the 2020 National Scouting Combine, I am working out at Muhlenberg College with My QB and WR’s. I have a trainer who is helped me work on my combine drills and working on techniques to improve my scores. I spend a good amount of time in the weight room improving my strength and flexibility. My goals for the combine are to improve my on field testing scores and to be able to do the TE/H/WR drills smoothly.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be to make an NFL roster. It has been a goal of mine since I began playing football and I will be giving it my all to make this achievement become reality. I have been working hard for the past 8 years, in high school and in college, to get the opportunity to prove myself and complete my ultimate achievement. I believe that I have the skills and knowledge to achieve this goal and im excited to push myself towards this achievement.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: When I am not playing football, I enjoy being with my friends and family. I love having people around me to make me laugh and have a good time with. Football is where I push myself to limits but when It comes to outside of football, I enjoy being relaxed and enjoying my time with the people around me.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: The most influential person in my life is my father. Ever since I started playing sports when I was young, he would go out of his way to make sure he would put my success on the field or for any sporting event in front of his own well being. He would be at every single game I have ever played and spent a lot of his time driving me all over the country to play football, basketball, and baseball. My father has been helping me with my sporting career since day one and their has not been another person who has been more helpful and encouraging towards me. Whatever goal I want in sports or even in life my father has backed me and has supported me through all my ups and downs.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: Something unique about me is that I played my high school state championship at Metlife stadium and was able to catch a TD in Metlife when I was a Senior in high school.