Matthew Thomas Ryan, nicknamed "Matty Ice," is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League.
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After playing college football for Boston College, Ryan was drafted by the Falcons with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
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Ryan was Boston College's starting quarterback from 2005 to 2007, leading them to three bowl victories and a 25-7 record in 32 starts.
He threw for 200 or more yards 15 times and is third all-time in school history in passing yards and in pass completions.
He earned MVP honors at the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl.
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In 2007, Ryan led his team to an ACC Atlantic Division championship and was named ACC Player of the Year.
During his rookie year, Ryan started all 16 games for the Falcons and led them to the playoffs with an 11-5 season record.
He has also earned honors as the 2008 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.