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Matt Ryan is up for an ESPY for NFL Player of the Year

Richly deserved, if he gets it.

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It has been a year of honors for Matt Ryan, who went from arguably the worst season of his career in 2015 to an MVP award and plenty of recognition in 2016. He may not be done getting those awards just yet.

The ESPYs are coming up, and Ryan is one of five nominees for the honor. Chances are decent that Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady will edge him out—this is ESPN—but perhaps Ryan can take home one more award ahead of the 2017 season.

If he does, it’ll contribute to the already sky-high expectations for Ryan in 2017. While I think it’s fair to expect some pullback from his historic, career-best season in 2016, Ryan cemented his place as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL last year even for those who spent years doubting him, and he’ll be considered one of five or so quarterbacks who are legitimately in the running for the MVP award. May he beat the odds (more on those later this weekend) and get it.

Now go get that ESPY, #2.