Matt Ryan says he’s proud to be mentioned with Dan Marino after passing him on yardage list

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Colts quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 389 yards on Sunday, and that put him ahead of Dan Marino on the all-time passing yardage list. That meant a lot to Ryan.

“I’m proud of that,” Ryan said. “I’ve gotten to know Dan since I got into the league back in 2008 and I love him. He’s a fun guy to be around. He was the ultimate guy when I was growing up, he’d sling it. And I remember the first time I met him he said, ‘Hey, no matter what happens man, keep slinging it.’ I was like 23 at the time, I was like, that’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard. And here I am 37 and still remember him saying that to me. Any time you’re mentioned in the same breath as Dan, it’s pretty cool, and I’m proud of that.”

Ryan now has 61,500 career passing yards, moving him into seventh place all-time and ahead of Marino, who retired with 61,361 yards.

Up next for Ryan are No. 6 Philip Rivers (63,440 yards) and No. 5 Ben Roethlisberger (64,088 yards), both of whom are within reach for Ryan this season. It’s definitely possible that Ryan will move into the all-time Top 5 this season.

To get higher than that on the career yardage list, Ryan will need to play at least another couple years. Brett Favre is fourth with 71,838 yards and Peyton Manning is third with 71,940. Drew Brees is in second place with 80,358, which is probably out of reach for Ryan.

Tom Brady is in first place all-time with 85,929 yards and counting, a record that is far out of reach and that Brady will surely own for many more years, maybe many decades.

7 responses to “Matt Ryan says he’s proud to be mentioned with Dan Marino after passing him on yardage list

  1. I don’t think anyone is going to catch TB because I doubt anyone else is going to play into their mid 40’s.

  2. Matty Ice has taken some major hits behind the Colts O-line and keeps ticking. He’s hard as nails and I’m glad to have to have on this team. When the O-line finally gave him some time, he did excellent.

  3. And if you’re not some gen z’er and have actually seen both play – then you know Matt Ryan doesn’t belong in the same neighborhood, zip code, world, galaxy as Dan Marino. Their talent level discrepancy is a gap measured in light years. Marinos arm talent might even still be the greatest of all time above Mahomes, Allen, Elway, Favre, Rodgers. And yet – the problem with the way the game has evolved, and society to a degree, is that a lot of simpletons will simply look at the numbers, and come to a simpleton binary conclusion and literally have zero idea

  4. 61K Is a nice milestone for Ryan but I will say doing it today compared to doing it in 2000 is a bit different. By the end of the decade there will be a half dozen decent to good qb’s who have top 10 numbers because of their respective era they played in but it doesn’t automatically mean they were a better qb. I will acknowledge how magnified and focused the game has become especially offensively the past 20 years. Also the evolution of the modern athlete is bigger and faster than they were then. The game also due to rule changes, isn’t as barbaric as it was then either. It does tend to favor todays qb but I don’t want to take anything away from Matt Ryan, he’s been a heck of a player, a Super Bowl Qb, NFL MVP and should garner consideration for Canton one day.

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