Who is Matt Ryan's wife? Atlanta Falcons QB met fellow athlete Sarah Marshall at Boston College

Ryan while visiting his alma mater in 2016 said that meeting Marshall was 'probably the most important thing that happened during my five years here'


                            Who is Matt Ryan's wife? Atlanta Falcons QB met fellow athlete Sarah Marshall at Boston College
Matt Ryan and his wife, Sarah Marshall (Photos by Kevin C Cox/Getty Images and Instagram/@sryan03)

New Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith will make his head coaching debut on Friday night, August 13, against his former team, the Tennessee Titans. But will Matt Ryan, the quarterback for the Falcons, be a part of his opening roster?

“We're going to make that decision (Thursday)," Smith told FanNation. "So, feel pretty good about where we're at, some of those veterans. We got to make roster moves after this game and the next one, so you're kind of sitting there weighing the options and the risk-reward, certain guys we need to see so we can make sound decisions on next week.”

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CBS Sports speculated that Ryan likely won't play, but “Atlanta can feel good about veteran AJ McCarron (quarterback) guiding the offense.” The report added that like the Falcons and like many other teams in Week 1 of the NFL preseason, the Titans will be holding out several key players. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry are both expected to sit.

Who is Matt Ryan’s wife?

Sarah Marshall Ryan and the quarterback both attended Boston College and got married in 2011. Like her husband, she too is an athlete. She was dubbed Maine's Female Athlete of the Year when she was just a junior in high school. 

In college, she became a starting player on the basketball team for three years. In an interview, she said, “I played point guard at Boston College and I was kind of your prototypical point guard. I got everyone where they needed to be, set people up, a playmaker, assists. I tried to involve my teammates.” She added, “I played basketball, soccer, and ran track. I didn't run track my last two years. I ran long-distance in track, the mile, and two-mile.” It was in college that she met her future husband. 



 

The two met during freshman year at Boston College. “All the athletes there and all the teams worked out in the same building. So as cliche as it sounds, we first met in the weight room,” she said. “It started out as a friendship. We’d see each other in the hallways and we had the same group of friends and one thing led to another.”

She said of their first date: “Me and three of my teammates, so four girls were going to a movie and I invited Matt along to see ‘Man on Fire’. I felt bad because it was Matt and all these girls. But he was a good sport about it. Right then, I knew I had a good one.”

When Ryan visited his alma mater to retire his jersey on Nov. 19, 2016, he told the crowd of students that meeting Marshall at Boston College was “probably the most important thing that happened during my five years here.”



 

In November 2017, the pair announced that they were expecting twins. But Sarah experienced complications with her pregnancy and was put on bed rest in January. Six weeks later, she gave birth to Marshall Thomas Ryan and Johnny Matthew Ryan. “It has been a long and challenging road but it has all been worth it,” she told People magazine. “Matt and I couldn’t be happier to have them home.”

“To say that having Marshall and Johnny at home is a dream come true for Matt and I would be putting it mildly,” Sarah said. “We are endlessly thankful for their doctors and nurses in the NICU who gave them the most incredible care and will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We are so grateful for our family and friends who we couldn’t have gotten through this journey without.”

As per CheatSheet, Ryan’s brother Mike is married to Marshall’s sister, Maggie, and they have three children together. “They’re a perfect complement for each other … Matt is so lucky to be with Sarah because she gets it -- the whole life of an athlete,” Maggie said of the couple in 2017. “She totally is right in sync with him.”

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