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No escape: Ryan’s HOF ball has 28-3 reminder

5: 14 PM ET

  • Stephen HolderESPN

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan will need to relive an agonizing memory whilst marking one of is own greatest milestones.

The ball Ryan used to surpass 60,000 career passing yards on Sunday contrary to the Houston Texans was placed on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, this week.

But there’s an unfortunate coincidence: The serial number on your golf ball was “283,” lots that’s quite reminiscent to the 28-3 number that Ryan and his former team, the Atlanta Falcons, are infamous. Atlanta led the New England Patriots 28-3 in the 3rd quarter of Super Bowl LI prior to the Patriots pulled off a comeback for the ages and won 34-28.

Not used to the Pro Football Hall of Fame

This last weekend, @Colts QB @M_Ryan02 became only the eighth QB in NFL history to attain 60,000 career passing yards.

The ball with which he passed this milestone is currently in display in Canton. pic.twitter.com/gZmhdCLk68

Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) September 14, 2022

Ryan was blissfully unaware until he was approached in the locker room on Friday. “I had no idea,” he said. “I never even consider the serial number.”

The Colts, like all teams, prepare numerous footballs for every game and rotate them in to the action throughout. Consequently, the ball Ryan used to surpass 60,000 yards was completely random, a team spokesman said. The ball was immediately removed from rotation and reserve before being delivered to the Hall of Fame earlier this week.

Ryan became just the eighth quarterback to attain 60,000 passing yards. He could be the next fastest to attain the mark (223 games), behind only Drew Brees (215 games).

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