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Be like Matt: Falcons’ Ryan featured in new television sitcom – NFC South- ESPN

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The season might be over for the Atlanta Falcons (7-9), but Matt Ryan is still getting some air time.

Sort of.

Ryan’s high school persona will be featured in the new ABC sitcom “Schooled,” which debuts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The show’s creator and executive producer, Adam F. Goldberg, attended the same William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia where Ryan starred as a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball. Goldberg also created the popular 1980s-based sitcom called “The Goldbergs.”

In Wednesday’s episode, entitled “Be Like Mike,” there is an exchange between Coach Rick Mellor, played by Bryan Callen, and Matty, played by Hunter Doohan, in which Matty talks about wanting to be a basketball star, following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan. Mellor, who has been at Penn Charter more than 40 years as a teacher and coach, coached Ryan in baseball.

Ryan played small forward on the Penn Charter basketball team. His football coach, Brian McCloskey, once said he wouldn’t have counted Ryan out had the 6-foot-4, 217-pound Ryan decided to pursue a professional basketball career.

It’s safe to say Ryan fared rather well sticking with football.

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