Perhaps best know as the poetry writing fireman Trista chose on ABC’s first season of The Bachelorette, Ryan continues his pursuit of the poetic life. Born, raised, educated and currently living in Colorado, Ryan embodies the adventurous spirit of the place he loves more than any other.
Ryan’s Colorado inspired path began as a child in the outdoor community of Fort Collins. From there he went on to study architecture and play football at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he graduated with a degree in environmental design and all-Conference honors as a member of the Golden Buffaloes. Ryan’s accomplishment’s on the football field resulted in him being selected in the 5th round of the NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens. Ryan eventually settled in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers. He played only one season before suffering a career ending shoulder injury.
After football, Ryan joined the fire service as a member of the Town of Vail Fire Department. He quickly advanced up the ranks to the Lieutenants position where he currently serves out of Vail’s busiest firehouse #2. Ryan holds instructor level certification in technical rope and swift water rescue and serves as a member of the Vail Mountain Rescue group. Recently, Ryan received his Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University.
Ryan’s interests remain true to his adventurous nature. Among other things, he has completed two Ironman triathlons, seven Leadville 100s and the New York and Boston Marathons. Recreationally his spare time is spent in the wild – skiing, biking, hiking or paddling towards the next adventure. Often relating his experiences in the wilderness to “church” and routinely partaking in “Random Acts of Kindness,” Ryan’s daily life is heavily influenced by his environmental and social conscious. The combination of his scholastic, athletic, adventurous and conscientious attributes has lead Ryan’s focus towards the development of heroic potential – his own and others. The keys to which Ryan believes lay in embracing two simple values, Courage and Kindness.
In 2003, Ryan married Trista Rhen after receiving her “final rose” on ABC’s first season of The Bachelorette. Trista and Ryan Sutter currently reside outside of Vail, Colorado. They have two kids, Max and Blakesley, and two dogs, Tank and Sophie.