Remarkable story ... played in a live football game last season for the first time since he was in high school ...originally came to UVa on a soccer scholarship ... played one year of soccer before joining the football team during the 2004 campaign ... did not get into a game that season ... was diagnosed with cancer after the 2004 season and underwent chemotherapy treatments while still fulfilling his responsibilities with the football team ... lettered after starting eight games as a freshman goalkeeper at UVa in 2003 ... posted 20 saves and three shutouts while compiling a 1.45 goals against average.
HONORS: 2005-Recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award as the most courageous player in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
AT VIRGINIA: 2005-Was a steady contributor in the secondary and on special teams ...made his debut in the second game against Syracuse ...played in the nickel and dime packages ... also saw action on the kickoff coverage team and the punt and kickoff return units ... 14 tackles, including eight solo stops ... made his first tackle against Maryland ...saw extensive action against Florida State and finished with a career-high five tackles ... also broke up a pass in the upset win ...had two tackles vs. North Carolina and three against Georgia Tech ... earned his first football letter. 2004--Walked onto the team after the start of the season ...in uniform for four games but did not see any action.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in soccer, football, and track at Williamstown HS ... ranked No. 30 in the nation by Rivals.com ... earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com ... named first-team Tri-County Royal Division All-Conference by the Gloucester County Times ... honorable mention honoree by the Courier Post and Philadelphia Inquirer ... three-year letterwinner as a running back, defensive back, kick returner, and kicker ... ran for over 100 yards in first full varsity game as a sophomore, while also having a 70-yard reception for a touchdown ... recognized as one of South Jersey's elite running backs by the Courier Post ... captained the team as a senior ... played on the Olympic Development Program State and Regional teams in soccer ... named a two-time Adidas All-American and was an ESP participant ... member of the U-18 U.S. National Team ... lettered and was named first-team All-Conference three consecutive seasons in football and track ... received the track MVP award ... set the school record in the triple jump ... Tri-County scholar-athlete ... member of the National Honor Society.
PERSONAL: Ryan Arnell Best ... born 2-6-85 in New Hartford, N.Y. ... son of Elaine and Al Best ... has a younger sister, Rebecca ... sociology major.