NEW YORK — Former Big Spring High School athlete Ryan Tannehill was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.
Tannehill was the eighth pick overall and the third quarterback chosen behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
The Dolphins must think highly of Tannehill. He is the first quarterback the organization has used a first round pick on since the legendary gunslinger Dan Marino.
That doesn't seem to be bothering the young superstar, as he told the Miami Herald, “I don't think there is any pressure or anything like that from that connection.”
Tannehill is ready to get to work.
“I'm just excited to get down to South Florida, get to the organization, get back to football,” Tannehill said.
With Tannehill being drafted, that makes the 19th athlete to play football at BSHS that has gone on to the NFL.
Jeff Ireland, general manager for the Dolphins, has high expectations for the Texas A&M grad.
“I didn't take him with the eighth pick in the draft for him to be a backup quarterback,” Ireland told the Miami Herald. “I picked him to be a starting quarterback.”
Mike Ritchey, BSHS principal has been following Tannehill's career and believes Miami is the perfect place for the rookie quarterback.
“I think (Tannehill) going to a place where there is a need at QB is a big advantage,” Ritchey said. “He can step in there and play as fast as he develops. His learning curve might not be so steep. I couldn't think of a better team for him.”
Ritchey said he would be among the first in the Big Spring area to don a Dolphins jersey.
“This is exciting for Big Spring and the community. We are excited to have another Big Spring alumni headed to the NFL” Ritchey added.
Tannehill's first official NFL start could be right here in Texas. The Dolphins' — who finished last season with a 6-10 record — first regular season game will be Sunday, Septh. 9 at Reliant Stadium in Houston as they take on the Texans.