Matt Ryan likes to undersell his athleticism in a self-deprecating manner.
The Atlanta Falcons' fifth-year quarterback doesn't talk much about it publicly, but Ryan is usually among the first to poke fun at his speed and arm strength.
''Matt is a very humble guy, and Matt is a better athlete than you think,'' Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday. ''We'll just let everybody think Matt's not a very good athlete, and I think that's something people will find out when they play him.''
Despite a 43-19 record in the regular season, Ryan knows he will be judged on winning and losing in the playoffs. He is 0-3 in the postseason and until he guides the Falcons to a playoff victory, Ryan understands he must live with the results.
But has this assumed lack of pizazz affected his level of respect outside the Falcons' complex? He shrugged when asked why the NFL Network last month left him off its list of top 100 players for 2012.