Matt Ryan will always be one of the, if not the best, player in the history of the Atlanta Falcons franchise. He simply did so much for the team and city at a time that they most desperately needed it following the Michael Vick saga.
On Monday, Ryan was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a third-round 2022 draft pick. Still easy to say that it was not enough in return for him but at least they sent him where he wanted to go.
Matt Ryan gives his final goodbye to the Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan has been nothing but class for the Falcons and he continues to show his class by deciding to take out a full page in the newspaper to say his goodbye.
It has been a remarkable journey for Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons together. From him being drafted, throwing his first NFL pass and it being a touchdown, to him getting married, to his family having a set of twins, it is certainly sad to see him leave, but it was bound to happen one day.
It is disappointing that he had to leave under such bad circumstances, especially since the Falcons did not end up with their end goal—Deshaun Watson.
However, Matt Ryan knows it is a business and you can be shipped out at any point. Just look at all the stars that have been traded recently.
Ryan has nothing but respect for the Falcons as he said during his opening press conference with the Indianapolis Colts.
As the Falcons look forward, it seems like they will be rolling with Marcus Mariota as their starting quarterback. It gives reason for excitement but also reason to expect a dropoff in the team’s passing game.
As sad as it is to see Matt Ryan leave, do not let it overshadow his spectacular 14-year career with the team. Hopefully, he finally gets a ring with the Colts, he certainly deserves one.