Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is an easy guy to root for. He’s been rock solid since entering the league back in 2008 and continues to put up insane stats each and every season. When the former NFL MVP isn’t throwing touchdowns, however, he is at home with his family.
Matty Ice, a Pennsylvania native, is a big family man. He has a pair of loving parents (Michael and Bernice), two brothers (John and Michael) and a sister (Kate). He also has a wife and two twin boys of his own.
Watching him play at Mercedes-Benz Stadium is always a treat. Watching him off the field is as well.
Who is Matt Ryan’s Wife Sarah Marshall?
For all that Matt Ryan has accomplished as an athlete, his wife is pretty darn awesome, too. Sarah Marshall was a star basketball player before they started their family.
Born in Portland, Maine, Marshall was a two-time Maine Gatorade Player of the Year in high school and played point guard for the Boston College Eagles women’s basketball team. She was a full-time starter for three seasons and found her forever love in process.
Matt and Sarah Marshall Ryan met while at BC, where he was a college football quarterback. More specifically, they met in the weight room, of all places, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. Their first date was at the movies.
“Me and three of my teammates, so four girls were going to a movie and I invited Matt along to see Man on Fire,” she said. “I felt bad because it was Matt and all these girls. But he was a good sport about it. Right then, I knew I had a good one.”
After volunteering daily with the Boys & Girls Club after-school program, Marshall was hired as a sponsorship sales consultant by the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream in 2013.
Given her name is the same as Kristen Bell’s character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (great movie, by the way), she used to take pictures under the “You Suck Sarah Marshall” and “My Mom Hates You Sarah Marshall” signs about the film.
Ironically enough, Matt’s brother, Mike, is married to Sarah’s sister, Maggie, and have three children.
Sports is obviously a big part of the family, and you better believe Matt and Sarah’s two kids will be athletes, too.
Matt Ryan’s Kids
Matt Ryan, a former first-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, and his wife Sarah Marshall-Ryan have two children together: twin sons named Marshall Thomas Ryan and John Matthew Ryan, who they call Johnny.
The Ryans announced Sarah’s pregnancy in November 2017, but there were some complications along the way. Sarah was put on hospital bed rest in January 2018 due to pregnancy complications. Marshall and Johnny were born six weeks later.
Sarah Ryan didn’t post on social media, where she is very active, until the boys were able to leave Northside Hospital and go home for the first time in April.
“I have been MIA on here for awhile so I wanted to give a little update on what’s been going on the past few months,” she wrote on her Instagram post. “On January 9th I was placed on hospital bed rest due to complications with my pregnancy. After 6 weeks under the watch of the amazing doctors and nurses at Northside Hospital, our twin boys decided they were ready to make their arrival into the world. They were small but tough and fought their way through their time in the NICU to get strong enough to come home. Our first born, Marshall Thomas Ryan, was sent home after 5 weeks in the NICU. His brother John (Johnny) Matthew Ryan followed a week later. To say that having Marshall and Johnny at home is a dream come true for Matt and I would be putting it mildly. We are endlessly thankful for their doctors and nurses in the NICU who gave them the most incredible care and will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We are so grateful for our family and friends who we couldn’t have gotten through this journey without. And we thank everyone/all of you who checked in on us over these past few months. We so appreciate it. Now after a lack in posting I will be flooding your timelines with baby photos. Exactly what I said I would never do.”
Everyone is now happy and healthy in Georgia and continue to cheer dad on as he tries to lead the Falcons to another Super Bowl.
This post was originally published on August 27, 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak.