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March 22, 2024 9 mins

In this episode of Conversations with a Legend, LaVar Arrington sits down with Matt Ryan to discuss various topics. They start by talking about Ryan's support for the Ice Bucket Challenge and his personal connection to ALS. They then discuss the importance of continued support for causes like ALS. The conversation then shifts to the topic of Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) in college sports, with Ryan expressing his support for players getting paid. They also touch on the complications of the transfer portal and NIL. The value of game management in quarterback play is also discussed, with Ryan sharing his perspective. The episode concludes with a discussion about Ryan's commentary career.

  • Supporting causes like the Ice Bucket Challenge is important for raising awareness and funds for diseases like ALS.
  • Continued support is crucial for finding cures and making a lasting impact.
  • There is a need for players to be compensated for their contributions in college sports.
  • The transfer portal and NIL can complicate the college sports landscape.
  • Game management is an important aspect of quarterback play.
  • Matt Ryan has transitioned into a successful career in commentary.

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
This is up on Game Presents Conversations with a Legend
with LeVar Arrington, and LeVar is sitting down with some
of the legends you have watched on and off the field.
This is up on Game Presents Conversations with a Legend.

(00:24):
And now here's LeVar Errington.

Speaker 2 (00:28):
What's up?

Speaker 3 (00:28):
Everybody's LeVar Arrington here? This is up on Game Conversations
with a Legend. And that is just what I have
here with me today as a guest. My man, Matt Ryan,
quarterback extraordinary. You know who he is, man, one of
the dopest to ever do it in the game. It's
a pleasure to have you on the show, my guy.
It's good to be appreciate you being here. Man, you

(00:50):
do some pretty awesome things, and you've done some awesome
things in your career. But you're continuing to keep the
Bucket Challenge alive going.

Speaker 2 (01:01):
You know, a lot of.

Speaker 3 (01:01):
These things have phases and they phase out and stuff
like that. I think it's really commendable and super cool
that you are continuing to support the Ice Bucket Challenge,
and obviously that supports al less yep, and all those
things that go along with it. Just tell me, like,
what you got going on with that right now, and
what you got going on post career so far.

Speaker 4 (01:22):
Yeah.

Speaker 5 (01:22):
So you know with this with the Ice Bucket Challenge,
it's been ten years since it started, which is kind
of wild because I remember.

Speaker 4 (01:28):
That thing blowing up yeah and just go yeah viral. Yeah.

Speaker 5 (01:31):
But there's there's a personal attachment to it for me.
One of my classmates at Boston College, good friend of
mine was Pete Frady's who was kind of instrumental in
getting the Ice Bucket Challenge going and suffered from that disease.
And I saw what it did to him, saw what
it did to his family, and you know, as a.

Speaker 4 (01:48):
Buddy, right like, this is the thing hits home.

Speaker 5 (01:51):
It hits home, and so you're going to continue to promote,
to fight, to try and find a cause because I
saw the courage that he had through it.

Speaker 4 (02:01):
You know, he was he was a beast, you.

Speaker 5 (02:03):
Know, fighting that and uh, and for me, it's like, Okay,
whatever I can do to help, you know, moving forward,
I'm going to try and do. And so here today
trying to keep that that momentum going. Uh, there's no
cure for it, yet, we've got to find a way
to get it done. We got to keep going. And
that's the thing with these diseases like this, right, there's
there's the initial kind of outburst, but it's really the

(02:24):
follow through.

Speaker 4 (02:24):
It's it's the continued follow serge.

Speaker 5 (02:26):
Yes, correct, And it takes time and so hopefully resources.

Speaker 4 (02:30):
And I mean it takes money.

Speaker 2 (02:33):
It takes money, Yes, it takes money.

Speaker 4 (02:34):
We've got to keep it going.

Speaker 3 (02:36):
So the bucket challenge, and is there is there a
website that that they can go to? I don't see
a website here? Is there is there a website?

Speaker 4 (02:43):
I mean, you can find it anywhere.

Speaker 5 (02:45):
If I put you put in als Ice bucket challenge,
you're going to find a way to be able to
promote this and to get money out there.

Speaker 4 (02:51):
So you heard, we make it very easy for the
people you hurt.

Speaker 3 (02:53):
Mat Ryan, all right, make sure you look up als
Ice challenge so that you can support uh, the fine
dancing and the resourcing of of getting a cure for.

Speaker 2 (03:03):
For the disease. That's that's super awesome man.

Speaker 3 (03:07):
And And to take what you've been able to do
and accomplish and leverage who you are as a person
to be able to shine light on this is amazing.

Speaker 2 (03:17):
And speaking of that.

Speaker 3 (03:19):
How give me your your kind of your feedback on
N I L I'm so, I'm so curious because your
your QB and obviously having the college career that you
were able.

Speaker 4 (03:33):
To have, NIL would have been nice.

Speaker 2 (03:37):
Tell me about tell me about what what's your take
on it? All?

Speaker 4 (03:41):
Right? So, so my take is I really don't have
much of a problem with the NIL.

Speaker 2 (03:44):
Okay, the portal.

Speaker 5 (03:47):
The portal is the issue to me, right, And so
you know, I like that there is flexibility for the players.
Right forever coaches were in the position of power where
they could they could just up and leave and then
and then you'd.

Speaker 4 (04:00):
Be in a position as a player coach.

Speaker 5 (04:02):
You get a new coach, you don't know what's going
to happen, you don't know, you'd be gone, right, And
so that part I think they've got to figure out.
But the NIL portion of it, I believe for a
long time, players, you know, should should be getting paid
in some capacity, right, whatever your worth is and whatever
you're you're helping contribute to it in some respect, you
should get it. And everybody was not at Boston College.

(04:27):
I'll be honest with you, BC, you weren't really getting it.

Speaker 3 (04:29):
But everybody, but they were still that was your market, correct, right,
and there's money to be made in that market.

Speaker 4 (04:36):
There is money to be made in that market.

Speaker 5 (04:38):
And so I'm cool with the players, you know, using name,
iage image and likeness and and you know, getting money. Honestly,
I think in some respects, you know, they should just
just make it like semi pro right, like sign a
sign a contract with the school where you've got to
you've got to keep up certain things on your end

(04:58):
of the bargain and they've got to do the same
on and if anything gets voided, you get out of it,
and then you can hit the transfer portal.

Speaker 3 (05:04):
I think the portal n nil is what makes it complicated,
because it's like, if I can leverage money, then I
can use the portal. Outside of that, these guys using
the portal, Matt are ruining their lives, man, They're ruining
their careers because they're prematurely taking taking a solution that
is seemingly a greener on the other side solution. And

(05:28):
a lot of these guys are are not finding landing
spots when they entered the portal.

Speaker 5 (05:34):
You know, I agree with you. I mean, it's it's
an unknown world that you get into. But I also
believe there's I mean, you would probably say the same thing.
There's a lot of success that comes from the struggle, sure,
from grinding through it.

Speaker 2 (05:45):
I didn't get in them right away. Yeah, I didn't
get my go right away. I did. I had to
struggle through it.

Speaker 3 (05:50):
I had to have those moments where I didn't know
if I was good enough to win a position. Yes,
you know, and and and how is this going to
all work out? That's a part of your development.

Speaker 5 (06:00):
One hundred percent believe that. For two and a half
years at BC, I was sitting on the bench man
just itching to get that what am I doing?

Speaker 4 (06:08):
What am I doing?

Speaker 2 (06:09):
Absolutely?

Speaker 4 (06:10):
You know?

Speaker 5 (06:10):
But but there's a level of of of grit or
whatever you want to call it, of working through that
and then finally getting your opportunity and actually being ready sure,
because you know, here's the thing, Like, you can have
all of these opportunities, but you got to maximize them,
and sometimes it takes time to be ready for that opportunity.
And I think that's what is missing a little bit
in college college sports right now.

Speaker 3 (06:31):
I love that I can dig him. Last question, uh,
Rock Party? Is he is he a game manager? Or
is he a game changer?

Speaker 4 (06:39):
Listen, I think both. You know, amen, And here's my thing.

Speaker 5 (06:44):
I don't think there's anything like For a lot of
my career, I was managing the game.

Speaker 4 (06:48):
Oh you got that's what.

Speaker 2 (06:50):
You're supposed to talk about. Say. Isn't every QB supposed
to manage the game? Correct?

Speaker 3 (06:55):
I've always wondered when it's used as something to be.

Speaker 2 (06:59):
Theory it does?

Speaker 3 (07:01):
It just has never made sense to me, And that's
why I wanted to ask a QB, an established one
as well.

Speaker 2 (07:07):
So you're supposed to be even if.

Speaker 3 (07:09):
You're a game changer, you're still supposed to be managing
the game as a game changer.

Speaker 4 (07:15):
Correct o correct?

Speaker 5 (07:16):
Like good quarterback play to me is the guy that
you're not sure if he's being aggressive or conservative. He's
just making the right decisions and and and ultimately that
that's what you've got to do. You've got to go
out there. Sometimes you got to check it down, throw
the ball away, avoid a sack. Sometimes you got to
go make a play. And I think if you look
at what he did in the fourth quarter of the

(07:36):
NFC Championship game, yep, like that that. I think it
was third and four maybe on the drive that McCaffrey
runs the next play, but it's third and four. If
you stop it at the top of his drop, there
is no one open, no one open. And I love
Kyle Shanahan played for him, awesome coach, but he didn't
do anything to help Rock in that situation, right, right,

(07:57):
and so he.

Speaker 4 (07:58):
Had nothing to manage.

Speaker 5 (07:59):
He had a make a play, goes out, uses his legs,
gets the first down, creates a little bit of momentum.
Two run plays later, they're in the end zone. When
you can do those kind of things on the biggest
state of play, you made a play. You didn't manage
any game, correct, you didn't manage anything.

Speaker 4 (08:13):
You made it.

Speaker 5 (08:15):
But I think I think part of his strength, honestly
is being an excellent game manager, making good decisions over
and over and over.

Speaker 4 (08:23):
Uh, there's a lot of value to that.

Speaker 2 (08:24):
Are you doing media?

Speaker 4 (08:25):
I am.

Speaker 5 (08:26):
I'm doing calling games with CBS, which has been a
lot of fun.

Speaker 4 (08:29):
Yes, it's it's been cool.

Speaker 2 (08:32):
Dude. You are a rock star. You very well, bro,
you are.

Speaker 3 (08:37):
I mean, I appreciating your commentary and your delivery is
freaking amazing.

Speaker 2 (08:41):
Bro.

Speaker 3 (08:43):
I mean, I'm watching from here on out I'm make
sure whatever game Matt Ryan is on, I'm watching that
game just to hear your commentary. Make sure you guys
support ALS the Ice Bucket Challenge. Look it up. It's
out there. It's online. Support it, Matt Iron, does we
do too?

Speaker 2 (09:01):
All right?

Speaker 3 (09:02):
This is up one games Fox Sports Radio Conversations with
a Legend.

Speaker 2 (09:06):
I'm LeVar Harrington. We'll be right back.
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