Legendary quarterback destined for the Hall of Fame

NFL quarterbacks, perhaps the most important athletes in the history of sports, must live up to the highest standards in-order-to qualify for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The third overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft has been nothing short of a quality candidate for this achievement.


The Atlanta Falcons drafted a 6’4” quarterback out of Boston College, Matt Ryan. During his senior year, Ryan finished in the top-10 of the 2007 Heisman Trophy candidates. Known for his clutch performances during his college tenure, he earned the nickname “Matty Ice.” Ryan was the first of two quarterbacks to be selected throughout the first round of the draft.

Ryan, at 35-years-old, continually excels by posting Pro-Bowl caliber statistics each- and-every season. Despite Atlanta finishing with a 4-12 record during the 2020 season, Ryan finished with a QBR of 67. With 50 being the average rating, Ryan remains well above that mark.


Instead of discussing the current version of Ryan, which remains nothing short of exceptional, lets dive into the prime seasons of the future Hall of Fame quarterback.



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Prime Seasons


During the 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 seasons, Ryan was at the very least, a top-five quarterback in the NFL. In all four of these seasons, Ryan was honored as Pro-Bowler. Despite having only one top-10 defense in 13 seasons, Ryan has taken Atlanta to two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl. Ryan’s Passer Rating of 144.1, which ranks fourth all-time in Super Bowl matches, still wasn’t enough for his defense to protect a 25-point lead at the end of the third quarter against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.



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Accolades


With time remaining in the career, Ryan has an opportunity to improve his already stellar resume. Not only has the Atlanta quarterback earned four Pro-Bowl selections, but during the 2016 season, Ryan was First-team All-Pro and league-MVP. His 347 touchdown passes currently sit at 10th in the history of the NFL, along with his ninth all-time ranking in completion percentage, qualify as legendary accolades.


The Scale


League MVP = 20 points

First Team All-Pro = 15 points

Second Team All-Pro = 10 points

Super Bowl MVP = 8 points

Super Bowl Championship = 6 points

Pro Bowl = 4 points

Playoff win = 3 points

Judging whether-or-not a quarterback is worthy of the Hall of Fame can be an extremely difficult task. Passionate football fans have their own versions on who is, and who is not worthy of this status. In-order-to achieve Hall of Fame status, I like to see a quarterback collect at least 60 total points. A no-brainer would be a quarterback scoring anywhere from 65-70 total points.


The verdict

While his name very rarely comes to the surface, Matt Ryan exceeds all expectations. With 73 total points, there is no doubt Ryan should be accepted into the most prestigious club of all-time greats. With over 100 regular season victories, being named league-MVP, a First-team All-Pro award, four Pro-Bowl selections and four postseason victories, Ryan will one day find himself on a ballot. My hope is that with the lack of defensive help throughout his career, voters take this into consideration and make the right decision.

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