Matt Ryan wants a “15- or 20-year career”

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Matt Ryan still is only 32, but Roddy White’s retirement has made the NFL’s MVP consider the end of his career.

I still feel pretty young,” Ryan said, via Matthew Tabeek of the team website. “It puts things into perspective, for sure. I had eight (seasons) together with Rod, and I’ve never had a better teammate. He was such a great player, a warrior, unbelievable in the locker room, such a good leader by example, brought energy to the facility, to the practice fields, to the games every week.

“And probably no one has meant more to my career than him.”

Ryan enters his 10th season believing he still has a lot of football left in him. He had a career-best season in 2016, throwing for 4,944 yards with 38 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.

“I still feel really good,” Ryan said. “I still feel like I got a lot of football in front of me, and hopefully I can play for a long time. …You hope for one of those 15- or 20-year careers for sure. That’s what the hope is. With the one thing that I’ve found during my time in this league is that if you project too far out, it’s tough to do that because things change constantly.”

Ryan said he has benefitted from the nutritionist the Falcons added in the offseason. He is trying to eliminate sugar from his diet.

9 responses to “Matt Ryan wants a “15- or 20-year career”

  1. “I had eight (seasons) together with Rod, and I’ve never had a better teammate….”

    See the article from yesterday about Knighton and the coaching he got on dealing with the media. Nothing against Matty Ice but this is a perfect example. By heaping such praise on White others on the team could take it as a slight on them – why aren’t they as good a teammate?

    By having the best of intentions and providing the media with a quote they are looking for, it can result in introducing unintended issues in the locker room.

  2. He really blew it in the Super Bowl. Not even Julio could make up for his mistakes and poor judgement while leading the biggest free fall in Super Bowl history. He thinks he’s going to make it how long? Gimme a break.

  3. patsbrat said: By heaping such praise on White others on the team could take it as a slight on them – why aren’t they as good a teammate?

    Matt Ryan actually said, “…I’ve never had a better teammate.”

    That could mean many teammates have been/are just as good. He didn’t say Roddy was “the best.”

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