Five Little Known Facts About Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan


Matt Ryan came out of Boston College with a lot of hopes pinned on his potential. He didn’t disappoint either, quickly establishing himself as one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. Here is a look at five little known facts about Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons.

Long Term Commitment

Matt Ryan wore jersey number 12 while playing college football at Boston College. When he joined the Falcons as a rookie in 2008, number 12 was being worn by wide receiver Michael Jenkins who was in his fifth season with the team. Ryan dropped the number one and chose jersey number 2 for himself. He is just the fourth player in Falcons team history to wear number 2 in a regular season game, and the only one to have worn it for more than one year. The others who have worn jersey number 2 in Atlanta include kick returner Clarence Verdin in 1994, and kickers Tony Zendejas in 1995 and Todd Peterson in 2005.

His Very First Penalty

The very first penalty Matt Ryan would have called on him in the NFL was for Delay of Game in a December 28, 2008 game against the Rams.

Hi Again, Roddy!

Five of the first seven TD passes Matt Ryan threw in the NFL were caught by Falcons receiver Roddy White. His first ever though was a 62 yarder caught by Michael Jenkins.

His Very First Interception

In the second game of his NFL career, Matt Ryan threw his very first interception. It came in a Falcons loss to the Buccaneers when he threw a short pass intended for Harry Douglas that was picked off by Tampa Bay’s Aqib Talib.

Have Another Pepsi, Matty Ice!

As a rookie in 2008, Matt Ryan was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week three different times.

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