NFL’s red carpet night will have to do without Matt Ryan — he’s busy

February 2, 2017, Houston: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is surrounded by the media during Super Bowl media availability at Memorial City Mall ice arena on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, in Houston. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is surrounded by the media during the final media availability of Super Bowl week at Houston’s Memorial City Mall ice arena on Wednesday. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

HOUSTON — When Matt Ryan looks on his career one day, this weekend has the potential to sit at the top of all others.

On Saturday night, there’s a chance Ryan will be announced as the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. The next day, he and the Falcons will play New England in the Super Bowl. But it should be obvious that Ryan values one event over the other, and that he won’t be walking on the red carpet Saturday at NFL Honors.

Asked Thursday whether he would attend the awards event, Ryan laughed and responded: “No. We’ve got our routine on Saturday night. I was there last year. It’s a great event. They do a great job with it. But we’ll be in our normal routine on Saturday.”

A television reporter persisted, saying, “But you might win. How would you find out if you won?”

Answer: “Uh, I’m sure I’ll find out one way or another. We’ve got something a little bit bigger the following  day that were all going after. I think that’s where my focus will be.”

He chose well.

For what it’s worth, Thursday was the last media access to players and coaches for both teams. All parties are just fine with that.

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9 comments
E983
E983

Great article on Marty Ice.

E983
E983

MVP? He's really made the next step this season. Let's close it out on Sunday night with the Red and Black confetti after the game. RISE UP!!!

TOJacket
TOJacket

Matty Class is a Team player....he's a winner regardless of the score Sunday.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

He's a Jacket!

He doesn't claim the Dawgs, and we don't claim him.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawgNole @TOJacket He is not a Jacket....he tries hard to give that illusion...but he is a mutt and I don't blame you if you don't claim him.

GTroller
GTroller

Can The Patriots possibly even compete with the great Atlanta Falcons? 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@GTroller

Beat it, fool!

You've already stupidly announced that the Falcons couldn't compete with the "great" GB Peckers:

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GTroller January 20, 2017

This will be an easy game--- for Green Bay:  GB 38 ATL 17.  Falcons are a poor football program . . . .