Where did Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan get his nickname?

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According to NBC Sports analyst Ross Tucker:

Matt Ryan's nickname "Matty Ice" not from clutch play but affinity for Natural Ice in high school.

Basically, he is named after a beer.

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    I saw the same tweet, but it looks like there are conflicting stories as to the actual origin of the nickname.
    – user527
    Jan 20, 2017 at 22:27
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    @ᴍᴀsᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴅ_ᴇᴅ Yeah, hard to tell which one can be considered viable. I ultimately chose the tweet because it was from seven years sooner, but really either could be true and a newer source doesn't necessarily dictate greater credibility.
    – Bob Smith
    Jan 20, 2017 at 22:43
  • You're saying kids drink beer in high school??? The shock!!
    – Joe
    Jan 20, 2017 at 23:05
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    Also, I've seen conflicting reports on high school vs. college. (Apparently Natty Ice is a big beer at Boston College, so that would make sense.) I definitely think the Natural/Natty Ice connection is relevant, even if it also came from the high school baseball context.
    – Joe
    Jan 20, 2017 at 23:09

According to his high school (William Penn Charter) baseball coach, Richard Mellor:

"Matt started his first varsity baseball game as a freshman, at third base against Malvern Prep. We were playing against his older brother, Motts. Matt had two hits, no errors, and we won. That's how he got the nickname Matty Ice."

Sources: (1) (2)

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    Pretty weird to get the "ice" from having two hits and no errors in a regular game... I've done that in my softball league numerous times and never got a nickname for it...
    – Joe
    Jan 20, 2017 at 23:10
  • I have a feeling this is one of those "stories high school kids tell adults so they don't admit to breaking the law." Mar 19, 2018 at 15:39

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