The Atlanta Falcons had to be very careful in the 2008 NFL Draft. They were trying their best to move on from former franchise quarterback Michael Vick. They had a new GM and a new head coach. The fan base was uncertain and disgruntled. But then they did. With the third overall pick, they took Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan.
Ryan now has eight years of professional football under his belt. He's had his ups and downs, but overall, Ryan has met and exceeded expectations. Looking back, the team doesn't have any regrets. Owner Arthur Blank had this to say about the decision to draft Ryan.
"Sat at dinner and was so impressed. Not just at how articulate he was [but that] his answers were thoughtful. They had meaning behind them, he was very sincere in what he said. So just as a young man, we were very impressed with him ... I saw his leadership ability. I saw the mature young man. I saw a guy that had poise, that answered questions thoughtfully, that didn't sweat under pressure. I mean, I saw the 'Ice,' ya know, the 'Matty Ice' part of him was clear to me. And the rest is history. His history is not done."
Is it just me or have these eight years just flown by? I like how Blank ends by noting that Ryan's "history" is not yet written in stone. Cue the goose bumps.