DANGER! Favorite Ryan Long has fans raving about his radiant looks in a new photo.
The Philadelphia-based Uber driver looked unrecognizable from when he won $300,000, 16 games and the hearts of fans in 2022.
Ryan, 38, took to Twitter for a rare update earlier this week.
The danger! Champion who boasts tenth longest His all-time winning streak looked completely different from when he competed last June.
He wrote: “Just stopping by planet earth and I hope you are all doing well today. #clean.”
Ryan wore a Superman necklace, a black baseball cap and was clean-shaven. He gave up his goatee from his competition days and looked completely slimmed down.
Flashing a peaceful smile, he left fans stunned by his winning transformation.
When someone asked what’s new in his life, he joked, “I’ve just been working on myself… although it seems like this app has gone through more changes than me. Lol.”
‘YOU LOOK FABULOUS!’
Other fans raved about the new look, with one commenting, “Looks good champ!”
Another wrote: “I was wondering how you were doing…I’m glad you reached out! You look healthy (and young!) with that clean shave.”
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A third wrote: “Wow! At first I thought this was your son. You look fabulous!!!”
A fourth wrote: “So lovely to see your face! You look very good. I hope you are doing well and enjoying life!”
A fifth wrote: “You look amazing! Good for you!”
A sixth wrote: “Hello from Australia, I’ve seen you on Jeopardy and you are by far my favorite champion. Your humility and modesty were inspirational. I hope You are fine.”
Ryan started training after his big winning streak aired.
Last summer he wrote on Twitter: “It took quite a bit of work up but I finally took my shirt off at the beach. #fitnessjourney,” alongside a suntanned one snap.
RYAN’S INCREDIBLE RIDE
Ryan stood out from the crowd as he competed throughout his 38th season. His run began just days after Mattea Roach’s 23-day streak ended.
His big personality, pop culture category sweeps, and modestly hilarious question-and-answer stories endlessly wowed fans as he entered competitions.
Ryan would look down at his winning tally at every game and shake his head in confusion — beginning his run by evoking an impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
More seriously, Ryan once opened up about the backstory of his working-class son and single father, which brought Mayim Bialik to tears in a moving segment of the interview.
Ryan shared while raking in the big bucks, “He wants to come to California, he wants to go to the theme parks — the best thing is I have time to do those things with him now.”
“I don’t have to, you know, work and say ‘I can’t do this,’ now we can just go wherever we want,” Ryan shared, having had so many odd jobs in Philly before winning his life. changing income.
Ryan’s Other Odd Jobs Before Jeopardy! These included jobs as a bouncer, airport security guard, parcel handler, clerk, piano maker, ice cream vendor, UPS operator, cashier, and street sweeper.
“I felt like I wasted my life”
The broad-shouldered mental patient opened up about his traumatic childhood in Philly in an interview after his appearance on This American Life.
He described himself as a “stocky” kid with a multiracial identity – his mother is black and his father is white, who died when he was 17.
Uncomfortable with being placed in gifted classes, he downplayed his intelligence to fit in and dropped out of community college.
“I’ll oversleep, or I’ll be late or I won’t show up, something like that,” Ryan said on the podcast.
“It happens a lot, especially with things that could potentially benefit me. Because part of me is like, ‘that’s stupid’ or ‘you don’t deserve it’ or something like that.”
And I’m pretty sure that’s depression.
Ryan had $200 left over to travel to California to compete.
“There was a certain satisfaction with the class that I had to overcome. People like my mom, like me, we always watched the show but were never represented by the show.”
“I had to admit I wanted it, give myself permission to want it. ‘We’re not going to screw it up.’”
He didn’t prepare, saying, “No tech tutorials, no learning. I had no time. I worked until I left.”
Ryan had a near-death experience with COVID just prior to his film Jeopardy! The run was taped, so apart from being able to afford it, his health was in question.
He was hospitalized and given oxygen to stay alive. After his release, his knee gave out and he was diagnosed with diabetes.
Ryan told him Danger! Property: “It went bad pretty quickly. I ended up in the hospital for two and a half weeks…”
“The hospital staff made it clear to me pretty quickly that they weren’t sure I was going to make it.
“I still have the picture my doctor gave me of my saturated lungs on my phone as a reminder of how close I came to never seeing my son again.”
Ryan hinted that until the game show, no one — most notably himself — had given him a chance.
He told This American Life: “I felt like I had wasted my life so far. I felt like I didn’t have much time left. My father died young, his father died young.
“I didn’t want to do that to my child. I found my father dead.”
“I don’t look smart, whatever that means, I look like a thug. People underestimate me. I know I’m kinda smart. i know what i can do
Ryan returned to the 2022 Tournament of Champions but didn’t snag the additional $250,000 and was eliminated in the first round.
But while everyone is smart on Jeopardy!, Ryan embodied the American Dream on screen.