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NFL Twitter Recalls Blown Super Bowl Lead After Matt Ryan HOF Ball Was Numbered '283'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 15, 2022

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Even when Matt Ryan is being recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he is still the butt of the joke.

The Indianapolis Colts quarterback topped 60,000 career passing yards on Sunday, making the game-used ball a piece of memorabilia as the eighth player to reach the milestone.

Pro Football Hall of Fame @ProFootballHOF

🗣 New to the Pro Football Hall of Fame<br><br>This past weekend, <a href="https://twitter.com/Colts?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Colts</a> QB <a href="https://twitter.com/M_Ryan02?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@M_Ryan02</a> became only the eighth QB in NFL history to reach 60,000 career passing yards.<br><br>The ball with which he passed this milestone is now in display in Canton. <a href="https://t.co/gZmhdCLk68">pic.twitter.com/gZmhdCLk68</a>

The problem is the football was numbered "283," causing many to recall the 28-3 lead Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons had before losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Matt Ryan's 60,000 career passing yards ball is now on display in Canton.<br><br>Can't escape it 😅 <a href="https://twitter.com/brgridiron?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BRGridiron</a><br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballHOF?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ProFootballHOF</a>) <a href="https://t.co/FiJd6eHUME">pic.twitter.com/FiJd6eHUME</a>

David Gardner @byDavidGardner

The ball number is 283 hahahahaha <a href="https://t.co/MoLFIrr1bH">https://t.co/MoLFIrr1bH</a>

Pats Pulpit @patspulpit

Fitting <a href="https://t.co/w8cANmeEQY">https://t.co/w8cANmeEQY</a> <a href="https://t.co/T9kyFMTIVd">pic.twitter.com/T9kyFMTIVd</a>

AY🇸🇴 @ayyouneverknow

Matt Ryan seeing the number <a href="https://t.co/07uUERmsDo">pic.twitter.com/07uUERmsDo</a>

Jack Patterson @JPattersonTV

You can take him out of Atlanta. <br>You can't take the Atlanta from him.<br>That is such an unfortunate number. <a href="https://t.co/rfhm3DfAuk">https://t.co/rfhm3DfAuk</a>

Dave Worlin @daveworlin

Matt Ryan getting torched by the HOF with that ball number is the amusement I needed today. <a href="https://t.co/xrxXo3TMDC">https://t.co/xrxXo3TMDC</a>

It's unlikely this was an intentional troll job by the Hall of Fame, but fans on social media won't let a moment like this pass without getting in their jokes.

Ryan has four Pro Bowl selections, an MVP award in 2016 and is in the top 10 of NFL history in both passing yards (60,087) and passing touchdowns (368), but he likely won't be able to live down his team's epic Super Bowl collapse.

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