Former Pirate Johnson Finishes Second To Ryan For Rookie Honor

NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Ryan is more than the face of the
sensational turnaround by the Atlanta Falcons, he's also the best
member of a superb rookie crop. The former Boston College
quarterback is the winner of The Associated Press 2008 NFL
Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Ryan, who was selected third overall in April's draft, was a
landslide winner in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports
writers and broadcasters who cover the league. He collected 44
votes to easily outdistance Titans running back Chris Johnson, who
was listed on three ballots. Broncos tackle Ryan Clady had two and
Bears running back Matt Forte got one.

Ryan was brilliant in leading the Falcons to the playoffs with
an 11-and-5 mark a year after going 4-and-12. He ranked 11th in
passer rating at 87.7 and had 16 touchdowns to go with 11
interceptions.

Ryan is the third quarterback in five years to win the award;
before that, no QB ever took the honor. Pittsburgh's Ben
Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) was the 2004 rookie of the
year and Tennessee's Vince Young was the winner in 2006.


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  • by George Location: Kinston on Jan 2, 2009 at 05:11 PM
    Hey chris johnson I have a pacifier for you.
  • by Jay on Jan 1, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    Chris Johnson sounds like Mushmouth from Fat Albert.
  • by I don't know on Jan 1, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    Chris Johnson's comments are going to get him hurt in a bad way.
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 1, 2009 at 03:59 PM
    joepirate: Again student from the famous #206 academic institution learn the difference between allegations, rhetoric and facts, thank you. Please don't do like your blood brother Sam. Regarding the starting FB he messed-up academically and declared ineligible to play that simple. That is an academic issue NOT a legal issue. Where are the players suspensions? You don't have any proof of any illegal financial dealings. Be careful with your allegations. The FB loss is NOT a big deal as the half time score indicates: #5 USC 31 #8 PSU 7. Rest my case. Mr. joepirate, Sir you don't have a case, period. Mr. Chris Johnson needs to learn to be a sportsman and act professionally instead of bellyaching like a pre-teen. His comments are NOT justified nor warranted. Thank you
  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Jan 1, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    deadfish..lets open up that can of worms....does reggie bush ring a bell?? i think pete carrol and the boosters gave him 206 dollars for every rushing yard he had while at usc...or how bout oj mayo?? or maybe your starting fullback??? oh know, its opened!!
  • by deadfish Location: NC on Jan 1, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    jp: Doesn't ECU have two players suspended because of their off the field issues? Should I be more specific and state legal issues? You opened a can of worms that you will regret. OJS legal problems were way after he left the Land Of Troy! Do you have anymore cop jokes? I think NOT! For the record I love that #206 number. I did NOT make that stat. It rhymes with fact!
  • by Disappointed Location: Greenville on Jan 1, 2009 at 11:12 AM
    Man oh man I lost a lot of respect for Chris Johnson after reading that article.
  • by Dave on Jan 1, 2009 at 10:21 AM
    There is also a link where CJ was whining that the rookie of the year voting was bogus. http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/12/31/chris-johnson-calls-rookie-of-the-year-voting-bogus/
  • by joepirate Location: greenville on Jan 1, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    uh...yeah he's faster than oj, unless a cop is behind him....and please stop using the same stats over and over and over again to sound smart. i think thats the 206th time you used that stat in a comment dave jr.
  • by EC Location: Sanford NC on Jan 1, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    Congrats to CJ for a great year. Nice to hear and see ECU mentioned during each Titan game as he ran his way into Pro Bowl recognition. He was a winner at ECU and a winner in Tenn. Proud to have been able to watch him for 4 years... Hope he has a long successful career!
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