Matt Ryan
American football player, quarterback
Matt Ryan
Matthew Thomas "Matt" Ryan, nicknamed "Matty Ice" is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round as the third overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft after playing college football at Boston College. He was Boston College's starter from 2005 to 2007, leading them to three bowl victories and a 25-7 record in 32 starts.
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Tom Brady Can't Wear Five Rings At Once
Huffington Post - 14 days
The media is falling all over itself congratulating Tom Brady on winning his fifth Super Bowl championship ring. But what message are we sending our children about over-consumption and materialism when we idolize one man for his pursuit of five rings when practical science and rules of fashion have established he could never wear five rings at once? What do I tell my son when he asks why one man needs so many rings while Matt Ryan and Cam Newton and Andrew Luck have none? Not only does wearing five rings look ridiculous, but it's also dangerous. Super Bowl rings are bulky and heavy. Try wearing five thick bands and closing your hand into a fist. The hand won't close. The grip is ineffective. How many accidents will Tom Brady cause because he can't grip a steering wheel? How many forklift and heavy machinery accidents are we willing to ignore? And if you don't work in the forklift industry and need an example that hits closer to home, answer me this: Would you allow sh ...
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Matt Ryan makes history with perfect passer rating in first half of Super Bowl - New York Daily News
Google News - 16 days
New York Daily News Matt Ryan makes history with perfect passer rating in first half of Super Bowl New York Daily News Matt Ryan posted a perfect passer rating of 158.3 in the first half of Super Bowl LI, the first quarterback to do so in a Super Bowl ever. OK, four rings is more impressive. But still. Through two quarters, Ryan clearly outplayed Brady, who threw a ... and more »
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Matt Ryan and more: Locals from Philadelphia area to root for in Super Bowl LI
Yahoo News - 16 days
In Philadelphia, Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan may be a favorite to root for this Sunday because of his local connections, but he's not the only NFL player with ties to the Delaware Valley playing in Super Bowl LI.
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Falcons' Ryan named NFL season MVP
Yahoo News - 16 days
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the National Football League's Most Valuable Player, 24 hours before he attempts to crown a superb season with Super Bowl glory. The 31-year-old scooped the award after collecting 25 of the votes polled, while his opposite number in Sunday's showpiece, the New England Patriots' Tom Brady, finished with 10 votes. Ryan's award came after a dazzling season at the heart of Atlanta's free-scoring offense that saw the quarterback finish with 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
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Falcons’ Matt Ryan Is Named M.V.P. of N.F.L.
NYTimes - 17 days
The Atlanta quarterback won the award after a dazzling season in which he finished with 4,944 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
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Revenge of the Quarterback Nerd
Wall Street Journal - 17 days
Low-key, studious and almost bland, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan has turned the knock against him into his calling card.
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Amazing Super Bowl Facts For A Country Setting The Bar Low Lately
Huffington Post - 18 days
If our presidential election has taught us anything about America, it’s that we love setting the bar low.  And while some might be fascinated by Super Bowl facts and statistics that are genuinely unique or incredible, America’s not really into that. We like things simple. Not so much down-to-earth simple, more like six-feet-under simple.  Here are some insane facts about the nation’s most beloved game in the new low-bar era. - If you lay every yard on the field end to end, not including the end zones, it comes to EXACTLY 100! - The game is played Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern US time, when half of the world is sleeping! - When the first Super Bowl happened in 1967, there were still three whole years left in the 1960s! - The number of quarters in a single Super Bowl game is equal to amount of quarters in a single dollar! - No team has ever won the Super Bowl twice in one year!  - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has the exact same number of le ...
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Before Matt Ryan’s Ascent, a Quiet Grounding in the Quaker Way
NYTimes - 18 days
Penn Charter, a small Quaker academy, has produced many top athletes, including Ryan, who will lead the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Ryan
    TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 25
    Ryan was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl, for the first time of his career.
    More Details Hide Details He threw for 2 TDs in the Pro Bowl, one to Tony Gonzalez and the other to Larry Fitzgerald. Despite having one of his best statistical seasons yet, going 10-6, and clinching a wildcard spot in the playoffs, Matt Ryan and the Falcons once again came up short. They lost 24-2 against the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Matt Ryan led the Falcons to their franchise best start of the season starting 8-0. Ryan had statistically one of his best seasons of his young career setting personal records in completions (422), percentage (68.6), yards (4,719), and touchdowns (32). The Falcons finished the season 13-3, with the first seed in the NFC. Ryan, who was 0-3 in the postseason coming into the playoffs, won his first postseason game in the NFC Divisional Round against the Seattle Seahawks, with Ryan orchestrating the final scoring drive that led to Matt Bryant'a game-winning field goal. Ryan finished with 250 passing yards, 68.6% completion percentage, 3 TD's and 2 interceptions. In the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers, Ryan threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns, but also committed two turnovers in crucial portions of the game, and later sprained the AC joint to his non-throwing shoulder as the Falcons went on to lose 28-24. Ryan did not require surgical procedure to repair his shoulder and would have been able to play in the Super Bowl if the Falcons had advanced.
    Matt Ryan was ranked 52nd of the Top 100 players of 2011 and presented by Jerry Glanville.
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  • 2010
    Age 24
    He also led the NFL in fourth quarter comebacks for a quarterback in the 2010 season with six, including his victory against the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome in overtime 27-24, beating the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4 at the Georgia Dome 16-14, beating the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7 at the Georgia Dome 39-32, beating the Baltimore Ravens in week 10 at the Georgia Dome 26-21, beating the Green Bay Packers in week 12 at the Georgia Dome 20-17 and defeating NFC divisional rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium 28-24. In the divisional round of the 2010-11 NFL playoffs, the Falcons were defeated by the eventual Super Bowl champions, Green Bay Packers with the score 48-21.
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    In the 2010 season, Ryan led the Atlanta Falcons to an NFC best 13-3 record, second in the NFL behind only the 14-2 New England Patriots.
    More Details Hide Details He set career highs in touchdowns (28), completion percentage (62.5) and yards (3,705) while only tossing 9 interceptions, good for a 3:1 TD to INT ratio. Ryan set the single season franchise records, as well as career highs, in attempts (571), completions (357), and wins in a season (13).
  • 2008
    Age 22
    Still, he led the Falcons to two victories in the four games, in part thanks to Michael Turner returning to the form of 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In Week 12, Matt Ryan suffered a turf toe injury during the game against Tampa Bay. Chris Redman stepped in and managed to win the game by connecting to Roddy White for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Following this victory, however, the effect of Ryan's absence was compounded by injury to starting running back Michael Turner, and the Falcons suffered losses to both Philadelphia and New Orleans in Weeks 13 and 14. In Week 15, Ryan returned, despite not yet having fully recovered from his injury, and led Atlanta to a 10-7 upset win against the New York Jets. In Week 16, the Falcons defeated the Buffalo Bills in a 31-3 win. Matt Ryan threw for 250 yards with 3 touchdowns, two of them to Roddy White. In the last game of the season, the Falcons defeated the Bucs 20-10.
    Ryan was voted by his teammates as Offensive Captain alongside Todd McClure at the end of the 2008 Season.
    More Details Hide Details He was first on the depth chart and was the Falcons starting quarterback for the second consecutive season. In 2009, Ryan started off the season fast as he threw for 229 yds and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions as he led the Falcons to a 19-7 win against the Miami Dolphins in the 2009 NFL season opener. In Week 2, Ryan led the Falcons past the Carolina Panthers. Ryan had a career high in touchdown passes (3), completion percentage (78%) and touchdown passes in a half (3). He finished the game 21-28 with 220 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pick. In week 3, Ryan and the Falcons lost to the New England Patriots. Ryan completed 17-28 for 199 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. In Week 5 game against the San Francisco 49ers, he completed 15 of 21 passes for 258 yards in the first half, setting a new career-high for the first half of play. Ryan finished the game having completed 22 of 32 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns for a 110. passer rating. Ryan tossed a 31-yard strike to Roddy White and he connected to White again in the second quarter with a 90-yard touchdown. The pass and reception for Ryan and White set new career highs. The pass and reception also mark the third longest in franchise history and the longest pass play since 2001. The game was his third-career 300-yard passing outing as the second-year quarterback set a new career-high in total passing yards in a single game.
    He scored his first rushing TD against the New Orleans Saints on December 7 with a 12-yard touchdown scramble, Ryan also achieved 3000+ passing yards in the 2008 season being only the 2nd rookie to do so.
    More Details Hide Details Peyton Manning was the first. Ryan became the first Falcons rookie quarterback in franchise history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season after finishing with 206 yards against Tampa Bay, Ryan’s passing total also makes him only the 10th quarterback in club annals to hit the 3,000-yard mark and the first since 1998 when Chris Chandler threw 3,154. It was also his first overtime win as a starter. He was named the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played after his performance by the second time in his career. Ryan finished second amongst rookies in fan Pro Bowl voting (416,468 votes), behind only Titans running back Chris Johnson. Ryan threw for a season-low 134 yards Week 16 against Minnesota Vikings, ending a streak of nine straight games with at least 200 yards passing, he finished 13-of-24 passing, throwing an 8-yard touchdown passes to Jerious Norwood in the second quarter; however, with this win Ryan led the Falcons to their first playoff berth since 2004.
    He was drafted third overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 NFL Draft He was the second first-round pick of the draft to sign when he agreed to a six-year contract on May 20.
    More Details Hide Details The contract had an overall value of $72 million and contained $34.75 million in guaranteed money. The contract made Ryan the 4th highest paid quarterback in the NFL behind Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Carson Palmer, despite never having played a professional game. This helped fuel the discussion regarding whether rookies in the NFL were overpaid and if there is a need for a rookie salary cap. In addition, Ryan has signed endorsement deals with Nike and AirTran. On August 24, Ryan was named the starting quarterback for the September 7 regular season opener against the Detroit Lions Jamie Dukes and Jim L. Mora discuss the pros and cons of naming rookie QB Matt Ryan the starter for the Falcons, becoming the first rookie quarterback to start a season for the Falcons since Michael Vick in 2001. In the game, Ryan completed his first NFL pass for a 62-yard touchdown to Michael Jenkins, becoming the first quarterback to throw a touchdown on his first career NFL pass since Michael Bishop of the New England Patriots in 2000. Ryan was sacked for the first time by Lions defensive player Dewayne White in his first win. The second game of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers marked Ryan's first interception by rookie cornerback Aqib Talib and also by Sabby Piscitelli.
    Ryan scored a 32 on the Wonderlic exam, tying Louisville's Brian Brohm for the highest score by a quarterback in 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 21
    He also won the 2007 Manning Award awarded to the nation's top quarterback, beating out eventual Heisman winner Tim Tebow and eight other finalists for this year's award: Erik Ainge (Tennessee), Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Colt Brennan (Hawaii), Chase Daniel (Missouri), Dennis Dixon (Oregon), Graham Harrell (Texas Tech), Pat White (West Virginia) and Andre' Woodson (Kentucky).
    More Details Hide Details He also he was named "Eagle of the Year" alongside BC's first ever individual champion Kasey Hill, in November, he was asked to talk at the Boston College Multi-Cultural Thanksgiving celebration where he spoke of family, integrity and devotion. He is featured as the cover athlete for the PS3 version of NCAA Football 09
    Matt Ryan was awarded the 2007 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually in the United States to the Nation's most outstanding college football senior quarterback, the other finalists for the 2007 award were Hawaii's Colt Brennan, Louisville's Brian Brohm, Oregon's Dennis Dixon and Kentucky's Andre Woodson (all of whom were drafted at the 2008 NFL Draft) He was selected to play in the 2008 Senior Bowl.
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    Despite these records, he struggled with throwing interceptions throughout the year, and finished with 19 (2nd most among college quarterbacks).His five touchdown passes in the 2007 Wake Forest game are one shy of the school record of six, held by Doug Flutie in 1984 vs North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details For the maroon and gold, it was their first 10-win regular season since 1940 and the first time they had achieved back-to-back 10-overall-win seasons in program history. He led the Eagles to extend the nation's longest bowl winning streak to eight with a 24-21 victory over Michigan State Spartans in the Champs Sports Bowl on December 28, Ryan threw three touchdown passes, two to Rich Gunnell and one to Jon Loyte.
    Battling Virginia Tech through bad weather in Blacksburg, Virginia, Ryan led an amazing comeback for the Boston College Eagles, passing for two touchdowns with less than 3 minutes to play on October 25, 2007, including the game-winner with 11 seconds left to Andre Callender.
    More Details Hide Details However, Matt Ryan's chances to win the Heisman fell sharply after he threw three interceptions in a 27-17 loss to Florida State, an unranked team that had six wins and three losses. However with a strong performance against Clemson his chances were raised substantially. Despite 2 consecutive ACC losses, Ryan and the Eagles found themselves with a trip to the conference championship on the line. Down 10-3 in the third quarter, he led the offense on a game-tying drive, hitting on key passes to Rich Gunnell,Andre Callender and Ryan Purvis, landing the Eagles at the Clemson 2 early in the fourth. James McCluskey finished the job from there, running it in to even the score at 10-apiece. Shortly thereafter, a Clemson turnover resulted in a BC field goal and a 13-10 lead for the maroon and gold. On November 24, against ACC rival Miami, Ryan surpassed Doug Flutie for the most passing touchdowns in a single season by an Eagle QB with 28 TDs, ultimately ending the season with 31.
    In 2007, Ryan led his team to an ACC Atlantic Division championship and was named ACC Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details During his rookie year, Ryan started all 16 games for the Falcons and led them to the playoffs with an 11-5 season record. He has also earned honors as the 2008 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. Ryan, the third of four siblings, was born to Bernice and Michael Ryan, both Roman Catholics of Irish descent. One of Ryan's uncles, John Loughery, played quarterback at Boston College from 1979-82. He launched a website during his senior year at BC called Mattyice.com (a nickname derived from the beer Natty Ice), where fans and media have 24-hour access to video highlights, updated biographical information, statistics and other information about Ryan. He created an activity named "Folleyball" for NFL Play 60 at NFL Rush.com. Ryan is an avid golfer and has participated in such tournaments as the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship and the Augusta National. Ryan is part of the Falcons' online reading program, “Read with a Falcon”.
  • 2006
    Age 20
    His 57 pass attempts in the 2006 Wake Forest game tied Shawn Halloran vs. Syracuse Orange in 1985 and Frank Harris vs. Army in 1968 for the BC record his 40 pass completions in the 2006 Wake Forest game broke the old school record of 37 by Frank Harris in the 1968 Army clash.
    More Details Hide Details Before the season started, Ryan was named to the preseason All-ACC team. Against Wake Forest, he completed 32 of 52 passes for 408 yards and 5 touchdowns. Boston College also hired a new coach: Jeff Jagodzinski, a longtime NFL assistant. He continued his hot streak versus Georgia Tech, going 30-44 with 1 TD and passing for a career-high 435 yards against the staunch Tech defense en route to a convincing 24-10 road victory. After this game, Ryan was suggested as a potential Heisman Trophy contender.
    He led the Eagles to a close 25-24 victory on December 26, 2006 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy in Charlotte, North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details In the season opener against Central Michigan, Ryan sprained his ankle. Against Virginia Tech, Ryan broke his foot on the same leg. Despite these injuries, Ryan only missed one game (against Buffalo).
  • TEENAGE
  • 2005
    Age 19
    At the beginning of the 2005 season, Ryan was named the second string quarterback behind Quinton Porter.
    More Details Hide Details Porter had some success at the beginning of the year, including winning Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week for his performance in Boston College's 28 - 17 win over Virginia. After a 30 - 10 loss to third-ranked Virginia Tech, coach Tom O'Brien finally went to Ryan for good in the 4th Quarter of the next game against North Carolina. In ten games (five starts), he completed 121 of 195 passes for 1,514 yards. He had eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He also had five rushing touchdowns and 94 yards. He started his first bowl game in the MPC Computers Bowl versus Boise State. He completed 19 of 36 passes for 256 yards and a career-best three touchdowns. Ryan started 11 of 12 games. He completed 254 of 398 passes for 2,700 yards, 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He also ran for three touchdowns. He was All-ACC first-team and led the ACC in total offense (242.2 yards per game) and in passing yards (245.5 yards per game). He was named ACC Offensive Back of the week 3 times. He set career highs in completions (32 vs. Central Michigan) and passing yards (356 vs. Brigham Young). He led the team to a 9-3 record including double overtime wins versus Clemson and Brigham Young.
  • 2004
    Age 18
    He made his first collegiate start on November 27, 2004 in the final game of that season, completing 24 of 51 passes for 200 yards against Syracuse.
    More Details Hide Details He also played against North Carolina in the Continental Tire Bowl. He completed one of his two passes for 13 yards. Matt was also quite proficient in the classroom, and was awarded the 2004 Freshman Male Scholar-Athlete award that same year.
    He completed his first touchdown on November 20, 2004 against Temple on a 32-yard completion to Larry Lester.
    More Details Hide Details Replacing the injured Paul Peterson, he completed nine of 15 passes for 121 yards.
    He saw his first action on October 2, 2004 against the UMass Minutemen.
    More Details Hide Details He completed two of three passes for 16 yards.
    Before the 2004 season, he was named the starting quarterback for Boston College due to an injury to Quinton Porter.
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  • 2002
    Age 16
    He was quarterback of the football team in 2002, played small forward on the basketball team, and was a pitcher and a shortstop on the baseball team.
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    Ryan attended the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was a three-year starter, earned All-East honors from Larunt Lemming Prep Football Report. He captured All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a senior quarterback in addition to receiving All-City first-team honors in 2002 and second-team recognition in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details A three-time All-League selection, he threw for more than 1,300 yards with 9 touchdowns as a senior, finishing his career by completing more than 52 percent of his pass attempts during all three seasons at the helm. Ryan played football, basketball and baseball while in high school and was named captain of all three teams his senior year.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1985
    Born
    Born on May 17, 1985.
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