The awards have begun to roll in for Falcons QB Matt Ryan, who today was named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Season. He was the third overall pick of the 2008 draft out of Boston College, and helped the Falcons go from a team that was 4-12 to a team that is going to play in the postseason.
“I’m certainly flattered,” Ryan said. “There’s a number of guys who had great rookie seasons this year, so to even be mentioned in that light is nice. It’s certainly a great honor, and I think it speaks to what we did as a team this year.” Ryan joins He joins Ben Roethlisberger (2004) and Vince Young (2006) as top rookie quarterbacks.
Ryan collected 44 votes, ahead of Titans rookie back Chris Johnson, who had three votes. Broncos tackle Ryan Clady had two votes, and Bears RB Matt Forte had one vote. Ryan ranked 11th in passer rating at 87.7 and had 16 touchdowns to go with 11 interceptions.