Greetings Falcoholics, I’m back with another edition of The Falcoholic’s Fan Spotlight. This week’s Fan Spotlight is on a guy many of you know if you’re active on Falcons social media, namely Vineeth.
He is a first-generation immigrant from the land of sports fanatics, India. Outside of cheering for the Atlanta Falcons, Vin’s a cancer biologist and is currently finding novel therapies for glioblastoma. He became a fan of the team during the 2009 NFL season, when he enrolled in a graduate program in cancer biology in Atlanta.
“Atlanta is very dear to me and I consider it as my adopted hometown. I am a proud ATLien – this city fascinates me and the people are so welcoming!” I asked Vin a couple questions about his fandom, so let’s get started!
Who is your favorite Falcons player of all-time?
My favorite Falcon is a no-brainer, it’s Matty Ice! To be honest, I idolize him and couldn’t be prouder to call him the leader of our team. One of the reasons I became a fan was because of him. I have a couple of Matt Ryan jerseys and should my wife approve, I am looking to add a few more to my collection. Takk McKinley would have to be my next favorite.
What’s your favorite Falcons memory?
There are so many memorable moments during my time as a Falcons fan. The Seattle Seahawks divisional playoff game comes to my mind right off the bat – as I personally witnessed the historic game winning kick by Matt Bryant. The Deion Jones interception against the New Orleans Saints in the end zone, and the Osi Umenyiora fumble recovery for a touchdown are also classic.
What’s your thoughts on the 2018 season?
The 2018 season was largely frustrating for most of us. It’s a case of what could’ve been had we not dropped like flies. There were flashes of a team that could be dominant, such as we are used to in the Dan Quinn era, but instead we got “oh no, not again” moments from the Mike Smith era.
Any specific thoughts you have on the upcoming 2019 offseason?
I feel like we should go all-in next year to somehow, someway get the Lombardi trophy to Atlanta. The Philadelphia Eagles seemed to go all-in before they won the Super Bowl, and the Los Angeles Rams have done the same this year. By this I mean, leave no stone unturned. Go after free agents who would make immediate impacts on our roster, instead of role players who could be useful, but not impactful. I firmly believe we could make noise next year and possibly be hoisting the Lombardi trophy down in Miami. No one deserves it more than Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Let’s get it done Atlanta! Rise Up!
I greatly appreciate Vin being the focus of this ‘Fan Spotlight’ article. He’s a loyal Falcholic reader who is doing wonderful things for this world, and you can follow him on Twitter at @Vincruze. If you want to be the next ‘Fan Spotlight’ or know of someone who deserves to be, let me know on Twitter where you can find me at @EvanBirchfield. Thanks for reading!