|Born:||December 21, 1995|
Highland Lakes, New Jersey
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Pope John XXIII Regional|
(Sparta, New Jersey)
|NFL Draft:||2018 / Round: 7 / Pick: 250|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Ryan Izzo (born December 21, 1995) is an American football tight end for the Philadelphia Stars of the United States Football League (USFL). He played college football at Florida State, and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Izzo grew up in the Highland Lakes of Vernon Township, New Jersey and attended Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta, New Jersey. Izzo began his high school career at Vernon Township High School, where he anticipated playing tight end but ended up playing quarterback. He transferred to football powerhouse Pope John to play tight end.
Initially, he drew little attention from NCAA Division I football programs until Virginia Tech expressed interest and 20 other schools followed thereafter before he graduated in 2014. As a senior, he tallied 766 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Along with football, he also played basketball. Izzo committed to play college football for the Florida State Seminoles on September 23, 2013.
As a redshirt freshman in 2015, Izzo played in all 13 of Florida State's games, catching 14 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 146 yards and one touchdown on 12 attempts.
In 2016, Izzo once again played in all 13 games, catching 19 passes for 227 yards, tallying one touchdown.
Prior to the 2017 season, Izzo was named to the John Mackey Award watch list. As a redshirt junior, he played and started in all 13 games for Florida State, having 19 receptions for 306 yards and three touchdowns.
After the season, Izzo declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Izzo was drafted by the New England Patriots in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. On September 2, 2018, He was placed on injured reserve. Without Izzo, the Patriots reached Super Bowl LIII where they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13–3.
He made his NFL debut and had a three-yard reception in the Patriots' 2019 season-opening 33–3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Izzo became the 73rd different player to catch a touchdown pass from Tom Brady, scoring on a 10-yard play in the Patriots' week 5 33–7 victory over the Washington Redskins. Izzo missed multiple games in 2019 because of illness and various injuries including a concussion.
Izzo entered the 2020 season as the Patriots starting tight end. He started the first 12 games before being placed on injured reserve on December 10, 2020.
On March 18, 2021, Izzo was traded to the Houston Texans for a seventh round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He was waived on August 31, 2021.
On September 3, 2021, Izzo signed with the New York Giants practice squad. On September 21, 2021, Izzo was released from the practice squad.
On September 29, 2021, Izzo was signed to the Seattle Seahawks practice squad.
On January 5, 2022, Izzo was signed by the Tennessee Titans off the Seahawks practice squad. He was released on June 1, 2022.
On August 11, 2022, Izzo signed with the Carolina Panthers. He was waived on August 17, 2022.
On January 5, 2023, Izzo signed with the Philadelphia Stars of the United States Football League (USFL).