"It's pretty special, for sure," Ryan said soaring into the top 10, via ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "I've been fortunate to play for a long time and to have some success. To be mentioned with all those other guys that are up there is special. I've always dreamed of being in that spot as a kid. To be there is good. There's a lot of work to do. But when you kind of hit milestones like that, it's always more fun when you do it in a win so you can celebrate with the guys."
While playing in a passing era affords Ryan the opportunity to gobble up stats, the accomplishment underscores his durability and often overlooked consistent play-making ability. For comparison, Ryan has more than 3,700 more yards than Aaron Rodgers -- who many consider the most talented QB in the NFL -- even though the two both became starters in 2008 (Ryan as a rookie and Rodgers in his fourth season).
Obviously, passing yards aren't the be-all-end-all stat, and it takes circumstance combined with the talent to lead to a boatload of yards, whether hollow or otherwise. However, it can be a way to highlight Ryan's career accomplishment that often goes undersold.
"He's been a top-10 quarterback in every sense for a very long period of time," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "I'm thrilled for Matt. I'm thrilled for the team. I'm sure glad we've had him since 2008."