On Thanksgiving, we take the time to reflect on all of the things we’re grateful for in our lives. And yes, one of those things is the Falcons.
We polled our writers about why we’re thankful for the Falcons in 2019. Share what you’re thankful for in the comments.
For the community of fans we can endure this with
This season would be absolutely unbearable if it weren’t for the community of Falcons fans commiserating, yelling along with us, and obviously cracking jokes about this disaster of a season. Maybe the real Falcons season was the friends we made along the way. - Jeanna Thomas
For the players who show up every week
Having watched this team since the 1980s, I have quite a few scars from horrid seasons of the past. The one thing I always appreciate, though, are the players who show up and play hard regardless of the circumstances. I’m thankful for guys like Matt Ryan and Grady Jarrett. For a receiver like Julio Jones, who defies the NFL mold of diva receivers. Seasons like these are tough on fans and likely doubly so on these professionals. The fact that they still show up week in and week out should never be overlooked. - David Walker
The Falcons are making us more family focused
In Thanksgivings past, we might drown out the family with the latest football game. Instead of taking this time to connect with our loved ones, we watched play after play of ultimately meaningless football. Now faced with either talking to that weird aunt or watching the Falcons, it is clear that I need to catch up with Bertha. The biggest gift the Falcons could give fans across the nation is to be so unwatchable that people will bail entirely on football. - Matt Chambers
The team itself hasn’t provided a whole lot to be thankful for, but I will say if you’re reading this, good for you, you’re a loyal fan. It was easy to see Falcons fans in 2016 when the team was nearly unstoppable. We find ourselves here in the late stages of the 2019 season, who really knows what the future holds, but if you’re still onboard with this team, your loyalty cannot be questioned. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. – Evan Birchfield
The moments of greatness
Being a fan of any football team aside from the Patriots is difficult. They disappoint you. They tax you. They take away your Sundays and sometimes your Mondays and Thursdays, too, and you have to live with the fact that most of the time, they will ultimately fall short of where you want them to be.
So in this lost Falcons season, hell, I’m thankful for the great stretches. I’m thankful for Kenjon Barner whirling his way into the end zone for an unexpected punt return, Desmond Trufant for grabbing a frankly stunning career-high four interceptions in just 11 games, the insane grabs by Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, and Grady Jarrett wrecking some fools. Being a fan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the little things, and today at least, I’ll be thankful for those. - Dave Choate