Ryan, who was born March 17, 1985, made an immediate impact as a college football player and a team leader. In fact, he led his squad to three straight bowl game appearances and, in 2005, was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the MPC Computers Bowl, a game that his team won.
During his illustrious college career, Ryan was also named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the year in 2007, the same year in which he was named a first team All American.
Clearly, as his college record indicates, Matt Ryan was destined to become a star in the National Football League (NFL). And, in truth, he got off to a terrific start in his rookie year which was in 2008. Ryan was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons prior to the start of that professional football season. The team from the south chose the quarterback from the northeast in the very first round of the NFL Draft. He was the third player chosen.
In the years since he became a professional football player, Ryan has led the Falcons to postseason play with regularity. Importantly, his performances on the gridiron have been noticed. That is why he has already been selected to participate in three Pro Bowls in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Matt Ryan was also named the Rookie of the Year in 2008 by the Sporting News and the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press (AP).
And as if that wes not enough to prove his on-field worth as a top-tier quarterback, Ryan has been ranked in the “Top 100” as a NFL Football Player in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Remarkably, he was ranked as the seventh best player in professional football in 2013.
From the day he began taking snaps for the Atlanta Falcons, Matt Ryan has performed brilliantly on the field and the squad from “the Gateway to the South” has profited by making appearances in the playoffs every season.
While it is true that the Falcons have been unable to make it to the Super Bowl or even to a conference championship game, it is also true that as long as Matt Ryan continues as its “franchise quarterback” the future remains bright and promising for Atlanta.
A capable quarterback is generally “requirement number one” for success in the National Football League.” The Falcons certainly have that in Matt Ryan.
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