Matt Ryan talks about former Falcons ball boy Deshaun Watson, the national champion QB…

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan took a moment from talking about Saturday’s playoff matchup against Seattle to recognize a familiar face from the past: Deshaun Watson.

The Clemson quarterback, who guided the No. 2 Tigers to a 35-31 victory over No. 1 Alabama for the national championship Monday night, is a native of Gainesville, Georgia. He used to be a ball boy for the Falcons.

“Yeah, for sure, I remember Deshaun being here,” Ryan said Tuesday. “He’s a great kid. It was impressive. I was pulling for him this entire season. Last night, for sure, he played extremely well. So I’m really happy for him.

“He didn’t say much when he was here. He was quiet. He kind of went about his business. He was good for me, though, because he saved my arm a little bit. He would throw to our wideouts during camp and give me a little bit of a rest. I always appreciated that from him.”

Matt Ryan talks about former Falcons ball boy Deshaun Watson, the national champion QB…
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