Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has plenty of reason to celebrate right now. Not only will he be gunning to take home Atlanta’s first ever Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night, but he’s also just been named the NFL’s most valuable player. Not that it came as much of a surprise – Ryan had been the firm favorite to walk away with the accolade for some time, which was confirmed at the NFL Honors the night before the Super Bowl is scheduled to get underway in Houston.
In addition, Ryan was also named as the NFL’s top offensive player of the year.
If he manages to do a number on New England’s defense later today, he could see himself taking home another big MVP accolade to round off a pretty epic season. This would be an achievement that nobody has managed to accomplish since Hall of Famer Kurt Warner was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV and the official NFL MVP of the season in 1999.
Atlanta’s offense ranks among the best in the history of the NFL. Over his past six games, Ryan has thrown 18 touchdowns with zero interception, with the Falcons having scored an average of 39 points in every game throughout this six-game period.
Having previously faced heavy criticism for his poorly-timed reception, Ryan’s turnaround proved to be nothing short of mind-blowing and he’s carved out a name for himself as one of the greats. And if he manages to pull off the double later today, he’ll take that critical step from one of the greats to a true NFL legend.