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Falcons' Matt Ryan nominated for ESPY NFL Player of the Year award

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Matt Ryan isn't quite done getting recognized for his stellar performance in 2016.

Atlanta's quarterback is up for the ESPYS NFL Player of the Year award which takes place on July 12 at 8 p.m. ET.

The four other nominees for the award are quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, running back Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, defensive end Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders and quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

After a year in which he led the league with his 117.1 passer rating, throwing for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns with just seven interceptions, Ryan was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player.

He also earned first-team All Pro honors and was given the Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year award.

Not only did Ryan put together the best performance of his nine-year career, he was the driving force for Atlanta's offensive success last season. The Falcons scored a league-high 540 points and owned the NFL's top-scoring offense that averaged 33.8 points per game.

To vote for Ryan for NFL Player of the Year, click here.

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