Son of NFL Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott, Ryan Nece has spent his entire life in the place where sports and business intersect.
Nece received his Bachelor’s Degree in business economics from UCLA, where he starred on the football field as a linebacker for the Bruins in the late 1990â€™s, when they were nationally ranked and Pac-10 Champions.
After graduation, Nece signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on April 22, 2002.Â During his rookie season, NeceÂ was awarded Rookie of the Year honors with Tampa Bay the same year they won the World Championship at Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego.Â What followed wasÂ seven seasons in the NFL, including six years with Tampa Bay and a year with the Detroit Lions. Nece was a three-time team elected Captain and served four years as the team elected NFLPA Player Representative while with the Buccaneers.
In Detroit, Nece was the only player in the NFL to be a starter and lead his team in special teams snaps and tackles.
“NeceÂ has often beenÂ praised for his hard work and consistently earned the respect of his teammates, not just for what he did on the field but also for hisÂ good worksÂ off the field.”
Nece has stayed active in business and charity life in parallel with his NFL football career. He sits on the board of the Tampa Bay Sports Authority and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.Â He has alsoÂ completed NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School.
In 2006, he created The Ryan Nece Foundation