The Matt Ryan soccer ball used to cross 60,000 yards contains a 28-3 reminder

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Some references to Atlanta advancing 28-3 in the third quarter in Super Bowl LVI to intended Patriots, such as diamond number on the ring. (to melancholy for hawk-owner Arthur Blank.) or the average value of one of Tom Bradycontracts. ($28.3 million.)

Other references just kind of happen.

Here is one. via Stephen Holder of ESPN.com, The Ball Blowing Quarterback Matt Ryan Sunday is used when crossing the 60,000-yard traffic barrier displayed at the Hall of Fame. It has a prominent serial number under the team crest.

283.

“I had no idea,” Ryan said when asked about it on Friday. “I don’t even look at the serial number.” (He sure would have been happy to have asked him that question.)

Ryan became the eighth quarterback in NFL history to throw 60,000 yards or more. He has done so in 223 matches. Only Drew Bryce achieved the feat faster, in the year 215.

Ryan (60,087) ranks eighth on the all-time yards list. Unexpectedly, Dan Marino (61361) will pick up this season, along with Philip Rivers (63,440), and possibly even Ben Roethlisberger (64,088). Ryan has a lot of work to do to get to the next rung on the ladder – Brett Favre, with 71,838. If/when Ryan does, he’ll only need another 103 to jump Peyton Manning.

Whether Ryan ends in 65,000, 70,000, 75,000, or other thousands, hopefully the three numbers following the comma aren’t 283.

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