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Falcons QB Matt Ryan says he wants to play past 40 years old

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan turned 34 years old on Friday, so he has a long way to go before he hits the big 4-0, but that does not mean he hasn’t thought about what it would be like to play football into his 40’s.

“Yeah, I think so,” said Ryan when asked back in December if he wants to play past 40 years old, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “I think, No. 1, I’ve got a long way to go until I get there. But if you can stay healthy, and you’re still playing at a high level and all those things, I don’t see why not.”

One thing is for sure: Ryan does not seem to be showing any signs of slowing down.

The former MVP is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he threw for 4,924 yards, 35 touchdowns, and seven interceptions while completing 69.4 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 108.4, numbers that were not far off from his MVP season back in 2015.

Ryan, who played his collegiate football at Boston College, was originally selected by the Falcon with the third overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft.

He immediately became the Falcons’ starting quarterback during his rookie season, finishing with 3,440 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 picks while completing 61.1 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 87.7.

Overall, the Exton, Pa. native has made four Pro Bowl appearances and led the Falcons all the way to the Super Bowl during the 2015-16 campaign, only to blow a 28-3 lead over the New England Patriots in an overtime loss.