Power 100 rank: 50
Rank last year: 85
Sport: NFL/Atlanta Falcons—QB
Most recent notable achievement: 2011 Pro Bowl
Key sponsors: AirTran Airways, Nike
Why he’s on the list: From his first pass in the NFL—a 62-yard touchdown—Matt Ryan has been threatening to break into the NFL quarterback elite. This latest season saw his yards passing go up, to an Atlanta Falcons’ franchise record 4,177, though his interceptions also rose. He earned a ticket to his first Pro Bowl in 2011, but will have his work cut out catching up with the Breeses and Bradys of the league.
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