Matt Ryan will eventually be inducted into the Falcons Ring of Honor and hopefully the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He’s the greatest quarterback in franchise history and has done more for the organization than just about anyone. He spent 14 seasons in Atlanta and holds team records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, attempts, completions, passer rating, and wins after being selected third overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.
He immediately took the Falcons to the playoffs en route to the Offensive Rookie of the Year award following one of the most tumultuous eras in franchise history. Michael Vick was arrested then Bobby Petrino left the team high and dry; Matty Ice immediately settled the waters.
During his tenure, he led the club to six playoff appearances and three NFC South titles, to go along with four Pro Bowl selections and an MVP award. His career didn’t end the way he or Falcons fans probably had hoped after nearly bringing the franchise its first Super Bowl victory in 2016, but he’s landed on his feet.
Ryan will still be around the game. Following the 2022 regular season, he spent time on the CBS pregame show, where he looked like a natural. A career in the broadcasting booth isn’t easy; plenty of big names have flamed out in this space.
The most notable being Jason Witten, but Ryan seems like he is going to do very well in that role, as he embarks on the next chapter of his life in the booth with CBS. However, if he ever wishes to return to Atlanta in any capacity, Arthur Blank would welcome him back with open arms.
“Matt is welcomed back to the organization.”
Added he had dinner with him after the season and views him like one of his own children.
— Daniel Flick (@DFlickDraft) August 1, 2023
Now, I doubt he means as a player, but who knows? It could be as a player coach as the team moves forward with Desmond Ridder. The Falcons owner probably just means in some sort of consulting role. Either way, this will forever be home for Matty Ice.