Matt Ryan is making sure he gets the right advice weeks before Super Bowl LI. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback admitted to having talked with both Eli and Peyton Manning and asked for guidance for the big game against the New England Patriots.
Ryan stated that he has asked Peyton’s advice and has also texted the retired QB regularly and his younger brother, Eli. Peyton has retired from the NFL while Eli plays for the New York Giants.
Matt Ryan asks advice from Eli, Peyton Manning about Super Bowl
“It’s one of those things — trust what you do and trust your process. Handle some of the things that you need to handle that go along with this game early. Get that stuff out of the way. And I’ve certainly done that,” Ryan stated when asked what kind of advice Peyton gave, according to ESPN.
Eli is a two-time NFL Super Bowl champion, winning in SB XLII in 2008 and SB XLVI in 2012. Peyton has also won two Super Bowl games, winning in SB XLI in 2007 and SB 50 last season.
“Obviously, I’ve gotten to know Eli throughout the years. He’s a great guy. You know I think his advice was, ‘You guys know yourselves and you know what you do.’ At the end of the day, that’s probably the best advice you can get is to trust what we do and trust our process and who we are and how we do things,” Ryan added.
Asking Mannings for advice is a good idea for Ryan
With four NFL titles between the Manning brothers, Matt Ryan’s decision to ask for advice about Super Bowls from both is the best thing to do when he’s going up against Tom Brady, one of the top quarterbacks in the history of American football. Peyton is 3-2 all-time against Brady in NFL Playoffs match-ups while Eli Manning famously has beaten the Patriots QB twice in the Super Bowl.
Ryan is already an NFL veteran but will be playing in his first Super Bowl game. He will try to lead the Falcons to their first SB title in franchise history. Atlanta has made the championship game once in the past, in 1999 when they lost to the Denver Broncos.
Ryan is the all-time passing leader for the Falcons. In the nine seasons from 2008 to 2016, he has registered a total of 37,701 passing yards on 3,288 of 5,064 completions with 240 touchdowns and 114 interceptions. He had an MVP-type year in this regular season with 4,944 passing yards on 373 of 534 completions with 38 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
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