Matt Ryan says Tom Brady is his longevity role model

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Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is 31, eight years younger than the other starting quarterback in Super Bowl LI, New England’s Tom Brady. Ryan wants to emulate Brady by continuing to play at an MVP level for as long as Brady has.

Asked today if he can see himself playing at Brady’s age, Ryan answered, “I hope so.”

Ryan said he has gotten to know Brady and studied the way Brady stays in shape in the offseason.

“He’s set the bar for longevity, aging well and playing at a really high level for a really long time,” Ryan said. “I know that he’s incredibly dedicated off the field, in terms of taking care of himself both mentally and physically and training all year round. He’s at it all year round and he’s kind of shown the way on how to do that, how to take care of yourself, and how to approach this the right way so you can play for a long time and play at a high level for a long time.”

Few players have played at Brady’s level at any age. Doing it at age 39 is incredible, and Ryan will need a lot of hard work and more than a little luck to keep doing it for eight more years.

47 responses to “Matt Ryan says Tom Brady is his longevity role model

  1. electricboogalo says:
    Jan 25, 2017 4:00 PM
    Uggs and legwarmers, Matt. Uggs and legwarmers.

    You would endorse Uggs if they paid you what they pay him

  2. Brady has an unwavering commitment to his fitness. It is remarkable and commendable. I’m committed to fitness pizza in my mouth. With extra cheese.

  3. He follows an incredibly healthy and very strict diet as well as a heavy year round workout regimen.

  4. You mean he won’t be following Big Ben’s meat/cheese/bread diet as the “go to” example for increased longevity?

  5. Brady’s diet, workout regimen, and lifestyle aren’t for everyone. Neither is avocado ice cream or special electolyte drinks. He’s not eating chicken parm or pizza with Peyton. He won’t even endorse that stuff. Brady is playing with a different deck of cards and more power to anyone who can do that.

    Contrary to what others write here about his ethics, I believe he is about as clean as you can get. He is loyal to his friends and cheating or air pressure preferences don’t break that deal for any normal person. People are jealous of him and go after him because everything seems to go right for him. Brady could very easily defend himself and go after other people, but he chooses to walk away from public confrontation. That’s his style. What our culture likes to do is to build people up and then take them down.

  6. electricboogalo says:
    Jan 25, 2017 4:00 PM
    Uggs and legwarmers, Matt. Uggs and legwarmers.

    You would endorse Uggs if they paid you what they pay him

    I would drape myself in Uggs 24/7 to get paid what he does

  7. Pretty uses a strict diet and fitness regimen to stay at the top of his game at the late stage of his career. Peyton Manning use HGH sent to him and his wife’s name of course. Too bad they started testing for HGH in October 2014. Coincidentally his sudden and steep decline started a few months later. Peyton apologist be free to check those facts.

  8. First thing he has to do is. Pay off the refs th throw a flag whenever he hit.also wouldn’t hurt to throw them a few more $$$$$ .so the o.l. Can hold on virtually every play .

  9. Matt Ryan took a dive after 2013 and disappeared for a while. Suddenly theres resurgence. That doesnt happen with New England and I dont think they will be back to a Superbowl for a very long time.

  10. Matt Ryan is a lot smarter than the vast majority of his supposed supporters on this board.

    Live right, work hard, play long, Matt. Just like TB12

  11. Contrary to what others write here about his ethics, I believe he is about as clean as you can get.
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    Destroying requested evidence in an ongoing NFL so as not to incriminate himself?? If there was nothing to hide, why destroy it? Not a good look for your Super Prince. It got him suspended without pay!

  12. .
    so he is training to whine at the refs every single time a player touches him?
    whine at the refs every single time a receiver is tackled?

    Whine on secret social media that Goodell is telling the refs to stop making all the calls in favor of the Pats?

  13. homerhunter says:
    Jan 25, 2017 4:52 PM
    Contrary to what others write here about his ethics, I believe he is about as clean as you can get.
    ________________________________________
    Destroying requested evidence in an ongoing NFL so as not to incriminate himself?? If there was nothing to hide, why destroy it? Not a good look for your Super Prince. It got him suspended without pay!

    Why destroy it? Simple reason that has been said over and over again, Ted Wells told him they were all set with the phone and no longer needed it. It was destroyed months after the fraud that was the Wells Report was done.

  14. Don’t forget to buy TB12 GOAT pajama. It heals your body while you sleep. UGGS too. Good for pampering your feet and for toes protection.

  15. Matt Ryan is pure class. He’ll never say anything to embarrass himself, the organization or league. Has total respect for his teammates, opponents, everyone. Good to see a guy like him excel.

  16. i’m not a falcon fan, but i respect Matt Ryan for that comment.
    elsewhere: geno smith can learn from Matt. Is geno still in the league?

  17. Something tells me that Matt Ryan won’t be facebook live streaming a shirts-optional yacht trip this upcoming weekend. The guy emulates humility, respect and passion for the game. It’s been a pleasure watching him these past nine seasons. Here’s to nine more to come. Go Dirty Birds!

  18. Favre indeed had a terrific age 40 season (in a dome), but the problem is he didn’t have the consistency. Look at the years before and after his age 40 season.

    36-20TD/29Int
    37-18TD/18Int
    38-28TD/15Int
    39-22TD/22Int
    40-33TD/7Int
    41-11TD/19Int

  19. Great ESPN article on Matt’s role model:
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    Bradyhas become, especially in recent years, one of the game’s most ardent whiners when it comes to lobbying for flags. There is scarcely a back judge in the NFL who hasn’t felt his verbal wrath after what he perceived to be a missed call. And while Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers have certainly unleashed their share of blistering screeds at Ed Hochuli and friends, when Brady does it, it seems to bug his peers more. “I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady,” Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith told reporters last year. “Every time he gets sacked, he looks at the ref like, ‘You see him sack me? Was that supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined.'”

  20. Love how people mock Brady for being an Uggs endorser. If someone offered you a 7 figure deal, I am willing to be you would endorse just about anything.

  21. To all of the haters

    Thank you all for making Tom Brady the most popular sports icon in the world, due to all the haters and supporters constantly gossiping over the G.O.A.T. makes him by default the most iconic athlete in the world. Yes, because you love to hate him so much that you spend more time posting comments on anything related to Pats or Brady than whatever team you are actually a fan of, this means Brady is on your minds 24/7 and probably in your dreams (or nightmares) as well.

    Keep up your crying and spewing hatred, it only makes Brady that much stronger.

  22. My Bears were letting me down, so in 1999 I was watching this quarterback for the Patriots and he got hurt and some guy named Tom Grady came in. I’ve never wavered since.

    I’ve been reading the comments at this site for a long time and never commented myself until very recently. I don’t think I have ever seen the jealousy and envy that I have seen with Tom Brady. He had nothing to do with Spygate and as far as Deflatgate goes, look what he did in the second half against the Colts.

    I understand if you don’t like the guy. Myself… I have always appreciated excellence. I love to live vicariously through others. I grew up on military bases and played sports until I left home. Even at 40 my friends and I used to travel through VA and play black teams on sandlot fields. It was a blast! I had dreams of being a major league baseball player and my chances were good until my elbow separated (I was a pitcher). LSD got in the way too (grin).

    I don’t care what your reasons are for hating Brady. You might even have good ones but no matter what you or anyone says, he’s got true grit. I consider him a hero and I love him for doing what I can’t. Stop being so small minded. Stop being a punk, a complainer and a whiner; no one is impressed and you just make yourself look small. Enjoy the game! Marvel at the amazing things that happen! Regenerate your innocence, instead of becoming senile. Learn objectivity, instead of being a subjective zombie. Tom is good at what he does. Enjoy the damn game.

    The level of immaturity I see these days just blows my mind. You are only cheating yourselves. You are robbing yourself of having fun and have no one to blame but yourselves. What is wrong with you people? Have fun! Life is too short to waste it; acting like your biased opinion matters. It reminds me of all the pretty girls who run around thinking the camera is always on them, flipping their hair and thinking the attention of the world is on them. Last time I looked there were hundreds of millions of pretty girls and all of them imagining that the world only has eyes for them. Try to see the beauty inside yourself and reflect it outwards on everyone you meet. Strive for excellence in something! Jesus Christ!!! Make a difference. Let’s lift each other up instead of tearing the world around you down. In every moment we have the chance to make somebodies day better than it might have been. I’d really appreciate it if you would put the effort in. You really have no idea what a difference that would make.

    Tom Brady is a great quarterback. If you weren’t spending so much time saying negative things about him that no one pays any attention to, you might, all by yourself, moment by moment, (because moment by moment ,life gives you that opportunity) you might make people smile and laugh and feel good about themselves. Why not? Why not?

  23. bemylovetractor says:
    Jan 25, 2017 4:34 PM
    No amount of money would make me wear chick boots or carry a man purse. I wouldn’t want my man card revoked like Tommy’s.

    I’m sure he’d prefer a manly beer gut, neck beard & double wide.

  24. No amount of money would make me wear chick boots or carry a man purse. I wouldn’t want my man card revoked like Tommy’s.
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    But “Tommy” is 5x the man you will ever be. So how does that correlate? Are you married to a supermodel? Are you paid millions of dollars a year for endorsements? Are you regarded as the best to ever play QB in the history of the NFL? Maybe time for some self-reflection.,

  25. The way these 2 are sucking up to each other is annosiating. Brady is the biggest fraud who ever lived. He even lies about his fake hair plugs, that’s what a fake fraud he is

  26. smokingmirrors says:
    Jan 26, 2017 2:10 AM

    My Bears were letting me down, so in 1999 I was watching this quarterback for the Patriots and he got hurt and some guy named Tom Grady came in. I’ve never wavered since.
    —————————————-
    2001

  27. You know who you’ve never seen in the same room at the same time?
    Crybaby Nation and Hatriot Nation

    CryCryCry, whinewhinewhine, insultinsultinsult.

    JealousJealousJealous

    That’s about it

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