Unbelievable Stat Puts Matt Ryan in All-Time Great Company Among Elite QBs

Max Staley
This stat proves Matt Ryan is in some pretty elite company.
This stat proves Matt Ryan is in some pretty elite company. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Matt Ryan is criminally under appreciated. He's been one of the league's top seven highest-graded quarterbacks in four consecutive seasons, per Pro Football Focus. That stretch also includes back-to-back top-two campaigns (2016-17).

And this one key stat proves that Ryan is not only among the league's elite right now, he's actually in some all-time legendary NFL company.

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Ryan joins NFL superstar Peyton Manning as the only two quarterbacks in NFL history to have tallied at least 50,000 passing yards and 300 passing touchdowns through 12 seasons, per CBS Sports. Notably, Ryan actually has Manning beat in passing yards (51,186 to 50,128), though Manning has his number in touchdowns (366 to 321).

There's also some real distance between these two and the rest of the pack. Even if we drop the threshold to 45,000 passing yards and 275 touchdowns, there are only four quarterbacks (Ryan, Manning, Dan Marino and Drew Brees) who have reached those marks through 12 years. Those are all either Hall-of-Fame passers, or locks to make it eventually.

To be fair, the benefits of playing in the modern era certainly have a lot to do with this accomplishment, but it's impressive regardless. Any way you slice it, Ryan appears to legitimately be on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory.

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