FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the NFC offensive player of the month for November on Wednesday.
Ryan, who hasn’t thrown an interception over his last 165 attempts, guided the Falcons toa 4-0 record in November, including three wins over teams with winning records.
Over that four game span, Ryan has completed 106 of 153 passes (69.3 percent) for 1,001 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
Ryan compiled a passer rating of 102.3 during the month and led the Falcons on game-winning drives in the final minute of play against Baltimore and Green Bay.
Wide receiver Roddy White was named the NFC player of the month for October.
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Matt Ryan nominated for 2011 PULSE Award
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is one of the five players nominated for the Fan’s Choice “Emerging Player” award. It will be given out at the first annual PULSE Awards, sponsored by the NFL Players, the licensing arm of the NFLPA.
Ryan is probably hoping that he will not be able to attend The PULSE Awards as they will be held in Dallas on Feb. 3 at the Hyatt Regeny, a few days before Super Bowl 45.
The awards show is designed to honor excellence on and off the field. It will be hosted by CBS Sports’ James Brown (Aside: In college I kept stats for J.B. and Phil Chenier, back when they were doing games on BET. Before he went BIGTIME!), along with celebrity co-host Jay Mohr.
NFL fans will decide the winners of three coveted awards: “Emerging Player,” “Comeback Player” and “Heart of the Game.” Fans can vote online at www.pulseawards.com up to five times per day now through Friday, Dec. 24, 2010.
Registered voters will also be entered to win prizes including a trip to Dallas to attend the PULSE Awards, have the opportunity to participate in the award presentation, as well as backstage access and autographed memorabilia.
Others nominated for the “Emerging Player” award include St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford, Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman.
The award recognizes a player who has demonstrated a combination of great performance, character and maturity on and off the field, which has distinguished him a rising star of the next generation of football greats.