The greatest player to take the field for the Atlanta Falcons is quarterback Matt Ryan. Prior to his arrival in Atlanta, the Falcons’ history consisted of losing seasons with playoff appearances sprinkled in. Ryan immediately changed that and brought the city sustained success.
Moreover, Ryan is also atop the record books in many different statistics. While he doesn’t have a Super Bowl win, even though he should, he has done everything needed to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Despite that, Falcons owner Arthur Blank thinks that Super Bowl loss cost him any chance he had to make the Hall of Fame.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank believes Matt Ryan won’t make the Hall of Fame
Falcons legend Matt Ryan, as it stands now, has thrown for the ninth-most touchdowns, passed for the seventh-most yards, won the 14th-most games, and completed the fifth-most passes in NFL history. He has also been league MVP, the offensive player of the year, been an All-Pro, and made four Pro Bowls. Ryan’s resume says he should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Arthur Blank—who is Matt Ryan’s biggest fan—thinks that he lost his shot at making the Hall of Fame when he walked off the field as the losing quarterback of Super Bowl LI. He said the following during an interview with The Athletic:
"Matt is like a son to me, he is the description of what a franchise quarterback should be. If we win that Super Bowl, I would argue he’s got a shot at the Hall of Fame, an incredible career."
Everything screams Hall of Fame when looking at Ryan, but unfortunately, Arthur Blank might be correct in his statement.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee has their own view and bias. If they have the opportunity to vote for a quarterback who might not have the stats that Ryan has but has won a Super Bowl, or vote for Ryan, they will likely vote for the Super Bowl winner.
While great quarterbacks win championships, they can’t do it without a great team. Matt Ryan has really only had a couple teams that had the talent to win it all but they let him down both times.
Super Bowl LI was not his fault, he should have a Super Bowl ring and have a straight shot into Canton, but this world isn’t fair and things don’t always go as they should. Even without that championship to his name, he should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, nevertheless, he will be lucky to even make it into the exclusive club.