Where do you start with Matt Ryan and what he did for the city of Atlanta and the Falcons organization?
There is so much that he did that it is so difficult to sum it up in a single article but we will try hard to cover most of the achievements that Matt Ryan accomplished.
Matt Ryan should be seen as the greatest Atlanta Falcons player ever
While someone like Brett Farve can claim that his first NFL pass —which was with the Atlanta Falcons—was a pick-six, Matt Ryan can claim the opposite as he completed a 62-yard touchdown to Michael Jenkins.
That was just the start of his greatness as an Atlanta Falcon.
Ryan went on to lead the organization to multiple winning seasons after the debacle of Michael Vick. It was not supposed to be that easy for a rookie quarterback in the NFL, but yet, Ryan made it look easy.
He went on to break the Falcons franchise record of career completions, passing yards, and so much more. All of this was done pretty early on in his career, which shows how different he was from the other quarterbacks in the franchise’s history.
He also was selected to the Pro Bowl four different times and also was first-team All-Pro in 2016.
Speaking of his 2016 season, it was pretty special, to say the least. He managed to complete 69.9% of his passes, passed for 4,944 yards, threw 38 touchdowns, and had an outstanding 117.1 quarterback rating on the season.
With all of those spectacular stats, he was also able to lead the team to their second-ever Super Bowl, which we know how it ended but he did play incredibly during Super Bowl 51.
In his 14 seasons as an Atlanta Falcon, he started 222 games, won 120 games, completed 5,242 passes for 59,735 yards, 367 touchdowns, and had a 94.2 quarterback rating.
Anybody who downplays what Ryan did as a Falcon is simply wrong, he put an organization on his back for 14 seasons. He routinely did not benefit from a good defense or running game, it was regularly on his shoulders to guide the team to victories.
Yet, his most impressive stat might just be that he only missed three games during his 14 years with the Falcons. As they say, no ability is better than availability, and Ryan was the perfect example of that.
Not enough can be said for Matt Ryan, he was an amazing player and person for a Falcons team that was in dire need of someone like him back in 2008. He will be missed.
Hopefully, he is able to get a ring with the Indianapolis Colts. No doubt, he will be able to win many games with such a talented team. Nothing but the best for him moving forward!