A graduate student from Whitehall, Pennsylvania...

Sean Ryan

Date of First Appearance:
October 8, 2003

Total Winnings:
$123,757 for six games, $5,000 in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Tournament of Champions: $128,757 total

Do you have a nickname associated with your performance?
I've been referring to it as either my lucky streak or my fifteen minutes, depending on whether I'm related to whom I am speaking.

Records held/Stats:
First person to win more than five consecutive games, quarterfinalist in 2004 Tournament of Champions.

Favorite anecdote associated with being on the show:
I have one that stands out as my favorite. My grandfather is a lifelong Red Sox fan and he attributes their winning the World Series to my appearing on Jeopardy! approximately a year before they won it all. He called me the night they won the Series to announce "Oh crap, now I have to die."

Did being on Jeopardy! have any affect your life?
I used the money that I won to work only part time and go back to Penn State to finish my degree. I'm also using the money to pay for part of my MBA program.

Have you done anything crazy with your winnings?
Does taking my wife and parents to hear the New York Philharmonic count as crazy? Other than that, I've expanded my jazz CD collection, but that's about it.

Is there anything else I'd like the viewers to know about me?
Yeah, I'd like you all to know that I'm still job hunting, so if you want to hire me, I'm sure the fine folks here at Jeopardy! will put you in touch with me (hopefully).

2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Nifty Nine (players with byes into Round 2) member: $25,000.
2004 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalist: $5,000.
Season 20 6-time champion: $123,597 + $2,000.

Sean was the first contestant to play six games and he was the first six-time champion following the "sky's the limit" rule change effected with the start of Season 20 on September 8, 2003. His records were broken later in the same season by Tom Walsh and Ken Jennings.

Jeopardy! Message Board user names: SRyan31, RedSoxsincebirth

Sean appeared in the following archived game:
#4759, aired 2005-04-21 Leah Greenwald vs. Sean Ryan vs. Jerome Vered 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions Round 2, game 7.
Sean previously appeared on Jeopardy! as Sean Ryan in the following archived game:
#4610, aired 2004-09-24 Sean Ryan vs. Anne Boyd vs. Jim Stalley 2004 Tournament of Champions quarterfinal game 5.

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