Matt Ryan has been predicated on a lot of big moments as the Falcons quarterback – some of them are better than others. Ryan’s first pass with the Atlanta Falcons went for a touchdown to Michael Jenkins of all people. Matty Ice has also been clutch in some top moments, hence the nickname. (No, we won’t talk about the Super Bowl collapse.)
But here’s the crazier part – Matt Ryan has a twin. He and the Braves Freddie Freeman are the same people and it’s time fans of both teams start acknowledging that.
Let’s start with the obvious, the two players have the most common names you can have. Matthew and Frederick. No shade, but we can all agree that’s about as vanilla as you can get. That’s also been the crux of their careers. Neither player is going to do anything that gets them or their franchise in hot water.
Both Matt Ryan and Freeman just show up and play whether it’s for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday or Braves any day of the week. They are painstakingly each really good, with spurts of greatness to show for it.
From a personal standpoint, both Matt and Freddie have twin boys – “Ice Cubes” turned three back in February, while Freeman’s wife gave birth to twin boys this past February.
Matt Ryan has been a consistent stalwart for the Atlanta Falcons since he was drafted
Here’s where the comparison gets even crazier. Matt Ryan has been named to the NFL’s Pro Bowl four times. It’s the NFL’s all-star game. How many times has Freeman been an MLB all-star? You guessed it.
During his career, Ryan has won, count them, one MVP. It came during an unreal season. And how many MVPs has Freeman won? Why yes, one.
You can make the case that a Gold Glove is equivalent to an All-Pro selection. Ha! Both Ryan and Freeman have one of those apiece too. That’s what’s so frustrating about these two players. You can count on seeing Ryan under center every week, he just doesn’t miss games.
Despite having some exciting players around him and even Hall of Famers, Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, Roddy White, etc. he hasn’t been able to win a ring.
Freeman? He had or has Chipper Jones, Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies. Yea, this is starting to look scary. Both players will go down as some of the best to ever don Atlanta Uniforms. They even shook hands before Matt Ryan threw out the first pitch for the Braves game the other day.
But at the looks of it, neither player will be on a championship roster in this city.
Ryan’s window is much shorter due to the logistics of his sport. And Freeman is very clearly on the better team of the two. But for now, it doesn’t look like either team will be competing in a championship.
The Falcons would do the most good by giving Ryan the best team they can as his career winds down and by the looks of it, moving on from Julio Jones won’t do that.
But until then, Atlanta Falcons and Braves fans can take solace in knowing two of their most important pieces are the same person.