Matt Ryan is the winningest quarterback in Atlanta Falcons history. He’s won an NFC Championship, has been victorious in numerous regular season and playoff games, and won NFL MVP honors in 2016. His latest victory comes off the field, however, as Ryan is doing his part to help Atlanta’s black community in a time of need.
Ryan took to Instagram Friday morning to announce that he is starting a GoFundMe fundraiser for Atlanta’s black community with the goal of raising $2 million. The signal caller kicked it off with a pledge to donate $500,000 himself.
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Last week I made a commitment to listening and learning, and one of the messages that hit home for me was the difference between reacting to a situation and responding to a situation. For far too long I have reacted to social injustice with empathy and silent support but failed to follow through with active support. I feel the time has come to RESPOND. For ALL of us to respond.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ I see my city hurting, which is why I'm starting a fundraiser to help improve the community for people of color in the city of Atlanta. I'm kicking it off with a $500K donation and am asking you to consider donating as well. Whether big or small, you will be joining me in making a difference.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Over the next few weeks/months I’ll be really listening to the needs of the community and working with black business leaders, sports figures, activists and local grassroots organizations to get guidance on how these donations can be most impactful.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ The link is in my bio and let’s rise up as a community. It’s time.
Ryan is putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to social issues surrounding his community, and he’s using his platform to further the cause.
A few days ago he was one of the first NFL athletes to speak out about the death of George Floyd, letting it be known that we all have an obligation to “listen and learn with all humility and compassion.”
Ryan has often made the city of Atlanta proud for his performance on the field over the past 12 years. He’s also represented the franchise well by never putting himself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. Today, Ryan has delivered one of his greatest performances, and it’s was one which comes off the field.