Ex-BC QB Ryan not one of re­gion’s en­e­mies

Fal­cons All-Pro re­mem­bered as great per­son at Heights

Pawtucket Times - - SPORTS - By JIMMY GOLEN As­so­ci­ated Press

BOS­TON — The en­e­mies list is long in New Eng­land, and it grows with each tweet that dares to doubt Tom Brady's supremacy or call coach Bill Belichick a cheater.

But there's one op­po­nent who has es­caped the fury of the Foxboro fans, and even has a con­sid­er­able amount of good­will in the heart of New Eng­land. In fact, it's hard to find any kind of an­i­mos­ity to­ward At­lanta Fal­cons quar­ter­back Matt Ryan, who built his rep­u­ta­tion — per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally — at Bos­ton Col­lege.

“It's hard to think of any­thing bad to say about Matt,” said former BC sports in­for­ma­tion di­rec­tor Chris Cameron, who was in the ath­letic de­part­ment when Ryan led the Ea­gles to a No. 2 rank­ing in The As­so­ci­ated Press poll in the mid­dle of the 2007 sea­son.

“I think there are many peo­ple at Bos­ton Col­lege who are die-hard Pa­tri­ots fans who are some­what torn. But I can't think of any­one who will wish any ill will on Matt Ryan.”

Pey­ton Man­ning is per­sona non grata in New Eng­land be­cause he had the nerve to win a cou­ple of Su­per Bowls. His orig­i­nal team, the In­di­anapo­lis Colts, earned the Pa­tri­ots' ire for ques­tion­ing whether the team's foot­balls were prop­erly in­flated in a 2015 play­off game.

The Bal­ti­more Ravens and New York Jets were also sucked into the two-year “De­flate­gate” scandal, draw­ing the wrath of the lo­cal fans. And don't get the Foxborough Bros started on com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell, or on ESPN.

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