When Matt Ryan was selected by the Atlanta Falcons third overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, he was the highest draft pick to ever come out of Boston College. After a remarkable college career and many years of quality play for the Falcons, Boston College has announced it will retire Ryan's jersey number.
During his Boston College career, Ryan won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given to the top senior quarterback in college football each year. Ryan also won the Manning Award, which goes to the best quarterback in college football. He set the single-season passing yards record at BC when he threw for 4,507 yards and 31 touchdowns in his senior season with the Eagles.
"Boston College is an amazing place," Ryan said via a release from Boston College. "I am very fortunate to have had so many great memories during my college years at BC. I continue to be so fortunate with the retirement of my jersey and I am humbled that it will hang in Alumni Stadium with BC legends Doug Flutie, Mike Ruth and now Luke Kuechly. I'm so thankful for the guidance of all my coaches and the support of all my teammates during my time on campus. Football is the ultimate team sport and without their contributions none of this would have been possible."
Boston College will also retire the jersey of Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. Kuechly and Ryan mark the 11th and 12th jerseys retired in Boston College history, including Heisman winner Doug Flutie.