May 23, 2005 -- RYAN Sutter, who made a bit of TV history when he married Trista Rehn in prime time at the end of the first season of the ABC dating show "The Bachelorette," is trying out for the NFL.

He was invited to the New Orleans Saints rookie minicamp last week, according to published reports.

Sutter, a firefighter from Vail, Colo., was an all-conference defensive back during his days at the University of Colorado.

He even had an NFL career that lasted one play.

A fifth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 1998, he was eventually signed by the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers inserted him into the lineup for the opening kickoff of a December 1998 game against the Jets. He dislocated his shoulder on the play.

Sutter later played a season in Europe for the Barcelona Dragons.

Sutter's invitation to the camp came "from the front office," the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

It did not appear that he had been offered a contract yet, the paper said.

Efforts to reach Ryan over the weekend were unsuccessful.

Trista, a former Miami Heat dancer, also is back in the limelight.

She was just cast in a summer reality series called "Dancing with the Stars," which starts June 1 on ABC.

Rehn was the rejected TV suitor in the first installment of "The Bachelor" in 2002.

She was later cast as the first "Bachelorette," where she chose Ryan, and the romance blossomed.

Their nuptials in December 2003 were seen by more than 17 million viewers. Post staff writer
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