True grit pays off for Falcons quarterback Ryan (AFP)

A decision to overhaul his off-season training program has paid dividends for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as he prepares to crown the best year of his career with victory in Sunday’s Super Bowl. The 31-year-old Falcons star has long been regarded as one of the National Football League’s top quarterbacks, while never quite managing to force himself into the same elite bracket as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger.