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Austin Blythe (born June 16, 1992) is an American football center and guard for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Iowa, and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Austin Blythe
No. 66 – Los Angeles Rams
Position:Center / Guard
Personal information
Born: (1992-06-16) June 16, 1992 (age 26)
Williamsburg, Iowa
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:298 lb (135 kg)
Career information
High school:Williamsburg
(Williamsburg, Iowa)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 7 / Pick: 248
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:40
Games started:18
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR


College careerEdit

Blythe was a four-year starter at Iowa, appearing in 52 games. As a senior, he aided the Hawkeyes to a 12–0 start, earning a spot in the Big Ten Championship and the 2016 Rose Bowl. He was a finalist for the Rimington Award, which is given annually to the nation's top center, in his senior season.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
291 lb
(132 kg)
30 14 in
(0.77 m)
9 38 in
(0.24 m)
5.36 s 4.53 s 7.52 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
8 ft 3 in
(2.51 m)
29 reps
Bold denotes Combine top performer
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Blythe was drafted in the seventh round (248th overall) of the 2016 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts.[3] He signed his rookie contract with the Colts on May 5, 2016.[4] As a rookie in 2016, he served as a backup center behind fellow rookie Ryan Kelly. In the 2016 season, Blythe played in eight games with one start.

On May 15, 2017, Blythe was waived by the Colts.[5]

Los Angeles RamsEdit

On May 16, 2017, Blythe was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams.[6] He played in all 16 games in 2017 and earned his first start of the season in Week 17 at left guard.[7][8]

Blythe entered the 2018 season as the starting right guard after incumbent starter Jamon Brown was suspended the first two games of the year. Upon Brown's return, Blythe maintained his starting role.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Blythe is a graduate of Williamsburg (Iowa) High School, where he was a two-time all-state football player at center and a three-time state champion in wrestling.[10] He married Kylie Ritchie, daughter of his high school football coach, in 2015. The two had known each other since elementary school but did not begin dating until college. [11] In June 2016, he and his wife had a son.


  1. ^ "Indianapolis Colts: Austin Blythe". Archived from the original on May 19, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Austin Blythe". National Football League. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Bowen, Kevin (May 5, 2016). "Colts Agree To Terms With Four More Draft Picks". Archived from the original on August 3, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Bowen, Kevin (May 15, 2017). "Colts Make Several Roster Moves Following Rookie Minicamp". Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  6. ^ Langer, Travis (May 16, 2017). "Rams Make Moves to Construct 90-Man Roster".
  7. ^ "Austin Blythe 2017 Stats". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "49ers vs. Rams - NFL Week 17 Game Highlights". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  9. ^ "Austin Blythe remains Rams' starting RG, Jamon Brown to be backup". Rams Wire. USA Today. September 21, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Batterson, Steve, "Iowa's Blythe an ironman on the offensive line," November 4, 2015. Sioux City Journal, November 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2018.[1]
  11. ^ Letistkow, Chad, "Hawkeye leftovers: Blythe is married, Greg Davis talk and more," Hawekeye Central, August 3, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2018. [2]

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