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Report: Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon draws inspiration from his family

Fact: Sean Weatherspoon eats his peas with a fork

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons knew what they were doing when they welcomed back veteran linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Notwithstanding his shaky injury history, the front office believes he can contribute and a make the LB corps better. I concur with their assessment. But let's be honest, this isn't the Spoon we once knew. (That isn't necessarily a bad thing.)

Spoon had to navigate free agency and found himself with a different franchise in unfamiliar circumstances. I don't imagine that was easy. In fact, I imagine he felt pretty slighted by the team that drafted him. But that's all been set aside now. What we have now is a mature, seasoned veteran, ready and willing to lead by example and help make this team better. So how'd this progression take shape? Well, to be frank, Spoon's decision to start a family didn't hurt. (Credit to Kelsey Conway over at The Mothership.)

"When I wake up, I don't hit the snooze button, let's just say that," Weatherspoon said of how fatherhood has changed his mindset. "I think about those little ones and I get up and do some work. It's pretty awesome. It gives you that extra motivation when you have others depending on you. I love it."

Spoon actually became a father for the second time earlier today. As for his football ability, I really hope he regains some of his prior form and makes his presence known in 2016. That said, this is a cutthroat business, and no amount of excellent leadership will cover up on-the-field deficits. This is certainly something to keep an eye one, but one thing is indisputable: Spoon's head is in the right place.

Your thoughts, Falcoholics?