The First Touchdown

Joe WillettSenior Writer ISeptember 7, 2008

Almost every player in the NFL has that one play.  The play that you remember for the rest of your life.  For some it is that touchdown that won the Super Bowl or that great return where nobody could take you down.

However, for most, it is their very first touchdown.  The play that says, "I'm here, and I can score."

For Matt Ryan, that couldn't come any faster or any more exciting than the way it happened.

In his first pass in the NFL, he finds Michael Jenkins.  Just one thing, there isn't a single Lion who has a realistic shot at stopping him.  So Jenkins keeps running and running and running, eventually making his way to the cherished end zone.

And there it was, Matt Ryan's first career touchdown pass.

He can retire now one for one for 62 yards and a touchdown.

Quite a career, short but sweet.

However, we all know that he isn't calling it quits.  He has more money than Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to collect.

We all know that you never want to stop at one touchdown, but it's something that you will always remember.

Johnny Unitas tossed at least one a game for four years.

Peyton Manning added an extra 25 after his first in his rookie year.

Brett Favre has added 441 touchdowns after his first.

But you can't throw 442 touchdowns if you don't throw your first, you can't make it in the NFL at all if you don't throw your first.

It's just one touchdown, just like any other, but it is something more special.  You will always remember the receiver you threw it to, the man covering him, the defender in your face as you let the ball go.

So enjoy it Matt Ryan, because Michael Turner isn't going to be upstaged, as we found out on the very next possession.

Who knows, maybe Ryan's first will be his last.  If it is, he will always have that moment. 

Your first NFL touchdown.

I'm Joe W.

Joe also writes for, a basketball fan's site.