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Falcons Weekly Round-Up 7/8

July 8th, 2011 Comments off

Recapping the news and headlines involving the Falcons from the week of July 3…

Gonzo goes Hollywood

The humor website Funny or Die published a spoof on the 1989 film Field of Dreams entitled Field of Dreams 2: Lockout which featured several NFL players including current Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. The short film stars Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame and features other NFL players such as Ray Lewis, Dwight Freeney, DeSean Jackson, Shawne Merriman, and Antonio Cromartie among others. Actors Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert, and Kevin Costner also make appearances.

 

Spoon works out with former Mizzou teammates

Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has been working out with fellow University of Missouri teammates this off-season to help stay in shape due to the NFL lockout. This weekend he along with other former Tigers will be in Springfield, MO, participating in a celebrity golf pro-am tournament, youth football camp, and NFL players autograph session sponsored by Lorenzo Williams. WIlliams played defensive end at Missouri (2004-07), before being an NFL undrafted free agent in 2008, and spending some time on the Carolina Panthers practice squad that winter. Other ex-Tigers in the NFL participating at Saturday’s youth camp will include two first round picks from this past April’s draft: QB Blaine Gabbert (Jaguars) and LB Aldon Smith (49ers), along with WR Danario Alexander (Rams), TE Chase Coffman (Bengals), WR Jeremy Maclin (Eagles), TE Martin Rucker (Cowboys), and WR Brad Smith (Jets). (Source: Jon Poorman, Springfield News-Leader)

DeCoud hosts local charity event

Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud will be co-hosting a charity event called Fresh Steps, designed to benefit Kennedy Middle School in Atlanta. It will be a fashion show featuring sneakers, including a “Battle of the Brands” between Nike and Reebok shoes. It will take place at the nearby 595 North Event Venue & Lounge on Friday evening from 8:30 pm to 11. Along with DeCoud, former Falcon and current Denver Bronco cornerback Chevis Jackson and current Chicago Bear wideout Earl Bennett will be hosting the event. (Source: Jenna Herb, NBC 11Alive.com)

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Falcons Weekly Round-Up 6/17

June 17th, 2011 Comments off
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Ryan and White celebrate the game-winner in 2010

Recapping news and headlines involving the Falcons from the week of June 12…

Roddy shows up

Roddy White participated in his first player-organized workout on Tuesday this week. White had been absent at the player-organized Falcons workouts this off-season thus far this season. Per quarterback Matt Ryan, White showed up in good shape and was productive in his first practice. Last week, White was in his hometown of James Island, SC for a youth football camp. (Source: D. Orlando Ledbetter, AJC)

Sanders to represent Falcons in HOF

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that 2011 inductee and former Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders sent in his Falcons helmet along with a game ball from 1990 to Canton as part of a special exhibit that will be devoted to the 2011 inductee class.

Sanders was a first round pick by the Falcons in 1989, starring for five seasons with the Falcons before joining the San Francisco 49ers in 1994. He then played five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and then joined the Washington Redskins in 2000. Sanders initially retired, but came out of retirement to spend two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens in 2004 and 2005. Sanders made 8 Pro Bowls during his 13-year NFL career, including 3 in Atlanta.

When he left Atlanta in 1993, he was the team’s all-time leader in punt return touchdowns, kickoff return touchdowns, and kickoff yardage. Those records have since been eclipsed. He currently sits seventh all-time on the Falcons interception leaders list with 24, as well as tied for the lead with 3 interception return touchdowns.

The gameball comes from a 38-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on a Sunday Night matchup on October 28, 1990. In that game, he returned a 79-yard punt for a touchdown, which continues to hold the record for longest in team history.

The 2011 class will be enshrined at Canton’s Fawcett Stadium on August 6, 2011. Sanders will be inducted along with defensive lineman Richard Dent, running back Marshall Faulk, linebackers Chris Hanburger and Les Richter, tight end Shannon Sharpe, and NFL Films founder Ed Sabol. (Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame)

Falcons promote Polk

The team announced that they had promoted pro scout DeJuan Polk to pro personnel coordinator. Polk first joined the organization in 2006 where he worked as a pro personnel assistant. He became Midwest regional scout in the college scouting department in 2008 and then moved back to pro scouting the following year.  (Source: Jay Adams, AtlantaFalcons.com)

Babineaux gets a Day

Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux is being honored by the Atlanta City Council for his off-field and charity work. Monday, June 20 will be declared “Jonathan Babineaux Day.” Babineaux contributes to over 50 Atlanta-area charities and non-profit organizations. He made donations exceeding $50,000 worth of Falcons home game tickets, some of which were awarded to deaf and blind children in order to experience their first NFL game. Babineaux, along with his brother Jordan, a defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks, established the Babineaux Family Foundation in 2005, which raises funds for lupus research. The brothers’ foundation will host its seventh annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 25 in Beaumont, Texas. Proceeds will benefit the Lupus Foundation, area student scholarships, and local community development. (Source: Sarah Baldwin, CBS Atlanta)

Dunn awarded with Jefferson

Falcons minority owner and former running back Warrick Dunn has been honored with the Jefferson Award, one of the country’s highest honors for community service. They were created in 1972 to be a Nobel Prize for public service. Along with 16 others, Dunn will receive the award in the category of Outstanding Athlete in Service and Philanthropy at a gala in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 21.

Dunn started his Homes for the Holidays program in 1997, his rookie season in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to honor his late mother’s dream of homeownership. Through his foundation, Dunn has awarded over 100 homes to single-parent families in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Tallahassee, and Tampa areas. Dunn’s mother was a Baton Rouge police officer that was gunned down while off-duty in 1993, two days after Dunn’s 18th birthday, leaving him in charge of the care of his five siblings.

Dunn joined the Falcons in 2002, and played six seasons with the team. He retired after the 2008 season, a year after re-joining the Buccaneers. He bought a minority stake in the Falcons organization from Arthur Blank in December 2009.

Last year, Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was honored in Dunn’s category, and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning won the award in 2006. (Source: Heather Dinich, ESPN)

Vick donates $10K to VA Tech families

April 19th, 2007 Comments off

The Associated Press reports that Michael Vick will donate $10,000 to assist and support the families affected by the massacre at Virginia Tech. Vick is an alumnus of Virginia Tech. His charity organization, the Vick Foundation, is collecting donations from local communities in Atlanta and Virginia for the United in Caring Fund for Victims of the Virginia Tech Tragedy and also a special fund of the United Way in counties surrounding the Blacksburg, VA area. The money will be used to aid in the costs of funeral expenses, transportation, and other support services.

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Crumpler part of USO tour

February 28th, 2007 Comments off

Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler will be among four NFL players that will travel to U.S. military bases throughout the Persian Gulf as part of the league’s annual NFL-USO tour. Joining Crumpler will be Patriots tight end Ben Watson, Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Shelton Quarles.

The NFL began this in 1966 during the Vietnam War. Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney was part of the tour last season.

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