After being selected with the 16th pick in the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, Ryan Kerrigan is ready to showcase what made him a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award this past season, given to the best college football lineman or linebacker. Needless to say, his final year at Purdue was a big one with Big Ten Defensive Lineman and Defensive Player of the Year honors to his name.

Before his big day at Radio City, we got with Ryan at his Alan David Custom suit fitting with Conversion Sports to see how Complex he really is.


What’s your favorite song at the moment?
Ryan Kerrigan: It would have to be “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band. 

What are your favorite sneakers to wear?
Ryan Kerrigan: I like to wear a lot of casual shoes, boat shoes, Sperry, and stuff like that. I’m a big tennis shoes guy. I love Jordans, and casual Nike shoes. 

What’s the most money you ever spent on an item of clothing?
Ryan Kerrigan: I bought a suit about seven months ago for the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards. That cost close to $800. [Laughs.] So that was the most I ever spent by far.

What celebrity is in your Wifey Hall of Fame?
Ryan Kerrigan: I would have to say Jessica Biel.

What is your opinion on Odd Future?
Ryan Kerrigan: I haven't heard of them. 

Favorite alcoholic drink?
Ryan Kerrigan: I don’t drink that much, but I guess that if I had to say, probably just a beer. A Coors Light. 

Favorite non-alcoholic beverage?
Ryan Kerrigan: Glass of chocolate milk. 

Glass of chocolate milk?
Ryan Kerrigan: Absolutely. You can't beat that.  

Current video game obsession?
Ryan Kerrigan: I don’t have one right now. I still like to play all the old systems, like the Super Nintendo and the Nintendo 64. I love Mario Kart, Mario Tennis, and all the Mario games for 64. I haven’t really gotten into the PS3 stuff yet. 

You think that after the draft, you may go out and get a PS3?
Ryan Kerrigan: I think I might ‘cause I actually do like the EA Sports NCAA Football games a lot. I actually play those quite a bit. 

When you play EA Sports NCAA Football, do you play as Purdue?
Ryan Kerrigan: Always.

And I assume you play as yourself when you’re on defense?
Ryan Kerrigan: Absolutely.

Do you think the game did you justice in the ratings?
Ryan Kerrigan: Yeah, I think for the most part, it’s pretty accurate.

Dream ride?
Ryan Kerrigan: Nothing in particular. I love SUVs. I like Escalades a lot, and I like Denalis. Those two are at the top of my list.

Coveted tech product?
Ryan Kerrigan: I guess my BlackBerry. I take it everywhere. I like my iPod, but I don’t use it as much as I use my cellphone. 

Favorite city to visit?
Ryan Kerrigan: St. Petersburg, Florida. My grandmother has a condo down there. I went down there a bunch of times as a kid for vacations.

Favorite campus, other than your own?
Ryan Kerrigan: My brother is University of DePauw. The university in Greencastle, Indiana is one of my favorites. 

Who is the most famous person in your cellphone?
Ryan Kerrigan: Good question. Probably Von Miller. [Laughs.]

What does it feel like to know you’ll be a millionaire soon?
Ryan Kerrigan: Well, I don’t think of it that way. I just think of it in football terms. I think of it as an opportunity to keep my football playing days going, and I’m really excited about that.