Legendary QB Says Goodbye (Video)

(StraightShooterNews.com) – Taking on a new chapter in his incredible professional career, amazing quarterback Matt Ryan has decided to hang up his cleats after spending most of his career with the Atlanta Falcons.

Watch the video below.

He shared his decision through an Instagram video where he looked back on his journey from dreams to reality.

“April 26, 2008, my lifelong dream came true,” Ryan recalled about the exact day he was drafted by the Falcons. His birthday is coming up on May 17, so this announcement comes just before he turns 39.

Ryan said he was thankful for the experiences and people that shaped his career, such as teammates Roddy White, Lawyer Milloy, John Abraham, Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones, with whom he shared a decade-long professional relationship

“For ten years I was lucky to be his teammate,” Ryan remarked about Jones.

Born in Exton, Pennsylvania, and a product of William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, Ryan’s football journey began early.

He shone as a quarterback during his high school years and carried his skill into his time at Boston College. His promising college football career caused him to be chosen as the third overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Ryan played 14 of his 15 NFL seasons for the Falcons, where he earned four Pro Bowl selections and secured the 2016 NFL MVP award.

Despite a heart-wrenching loss to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI — where his team led 28-3 only to lose 34-28 — his career remains remarkable. He ranks seventh all-time in passing yards with 62,792 and ninth in touchdown passes with 381.

Though some may recall the Super Bowl loss, Ryan’s era is celebrated for its impressive stats and impact, particularly during a time when NFL rules and gameplay have gone through significant changes.

Quarterbacks like Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger have left lasting legacies in the stats books.

Last season, Ryan dived into sports broadcasting to provide analysis for CBS Sports. As he transitions from player to commentator, his legacy as “Matty Ice” will continue to live on with NFL fans and especially those in Atlanta.

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