Writer and Draft Analyst, Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
Former Co-host of Football Debate Central Radio.
Developed a prospect ranking system using a weighted value metric. A key feature is the Dynamic Measurable Ranking (DMR) system which combines and ranks each NFL prospect's athletic tools. This can be seen exclusively at eDraft.com http://edraft.com/nfl/draft/risk-analysis-metric/
-Husband and father of two wonderful daughters.
-Graduated from the University of California
-Set the school's single-season sack record (14.5)
-College football 1st Team All-American
-Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 6th round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
-Played for the Raiders, New York Jets and briefly with the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens
-Played in the final year of the LA Avengers as a Rookie to (Arena Football).
-Work featured on CNN, TV appearances on CNN, ESPN and MSNBC.
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The words complement and compliment are commonly confused in English. Once you've read through this lesson, your friends will compliment you on your mastery of English.
Complement is a noun and verb. It also has a matching adjective, complementary. In any case, it refers to something that completes or goes well with something.
The sauce is a nice complement to the vegetables.
The sauce complements the vegetables nicely.
The sauce is nicely complementary to the vegetables.
He has a full complement of old books.
This book will complement his collection.
I'm looking for a special shelf complementary to my book collection.
Compliment is also a noun and a verb. It indicates the offering of praise or flattery to another person, as does the adjective complimentary.
He gave me a compliment about my dress.
He complimented me on my dress.
He was very complimentary about my dress.
Thanks for the compliment
Thanks for complimenting me
Thanks for being complimentary
Complimentary can also mean free.
The champagne was complimentary.
He gave me a complimentary copy of his new book.
The Bottom Line
The word pairs complement/compliment and complementary/complimentary are pronounced identically, hence the confusion in spelling. Just remember that complement with an E means "to complete" or "to enhance," while compliment with an I means "to praise" and complimentary means "free."
Your QB rankings kind of suck, man.
I am not sure which aspect of your writing disgusts me more, the fact that you ranked Russell Wilson number 3, when he should be 1, or your consistently idiotic writing.
Great article.Glad to see you've become a successful writer. I remember your first flag football game so many years ago. That little boy across the street is all grown up.
Mr. Riddle, yes, Mr., you have expressed a courage and strength very rarely seen in the world today and not only to your peers but to the entire world. As I read your recent article, "I was the team Weirdo", my skin crawled and could see my own life through your words. No, I have never stepped on an NFL field or even played on a football team, but in life as a whole you can see this very same trend amoung business groups, communties, and even within families. I have put myself into the very same emotional and peer situations that you have, even though we are worlds apart, I could connect with you and literally feel your anxieties. Thank You! Thank You for taking a risk and writing this article, like many others who have commented on your behalf, I too am now a fan, and if our paths ever crossed I would be honored to shake your hand.
Ditto...what others are saying about your article on bullying in the NFL. Arrogant as I am, I consider myself to be one of the best writers I've ever met.
But your article has humbled me. Terrific writing, from the heart, introspective, thoughtful, poignant analysis, simply amazing.
I've never commented on BR but had to sign up and say this.
Your article about your experience in the NFL is just about one of the greatest articles I have ever read, ever. I just wanted to say thank you for being brave enough to show your vulnerability. Your thoughts are so well crafted, well informed and articulately laid out. wow, simply fantastic! I am incredibly moved by your words and experience and it will affect the way I view issues in life in general. I am an instant fan and will be following your work from here on. May God bless you!
Great article regarding your experience as the "team weirdo". I'm a mother of two talented athletic boys. My husband couldn't understand why they didn't desire to play football in college. I did and you've explained perfectly what I couldn't. The boys loved the game but hated the locker room crap. You're a very talented guy in many respects. Kudos.
I found your piece on bullying to be incredibly well written. I'm not a huge football fan, but would definitely love to read a book about the NFL from your perspective. The reference to Darwinism was spot on.
Ryan, hi there! I truly enjoyed reading your article about bullying in the NFL. It was very well written and I congratulate you on that! That took a lot of courage. But, I'm thankful that you shared with us your very personal story.
Good luck to you and your family! Keep up the great work!