Greetings, Falcoholics, I’m back with another edition of The Falcoholic’s “Fan Spotlight.” This segment highlights Atlanta Falcons fans from around the globe, and shares how they became a fan of the team and their thoughts on the franchise.
This week’s Fan Spotlight is on Rachelle, a 29-year-old fan from Leeds, England. She has supported the Atlanta Falcons since she was 13 years old. She was a cheerleader, and she watched a television show that followed a girl from the United Kingdom who moved to Atlanta to train and perform alongside the Falcons Cheerleaders. After that, she began to learn about the game, and fell in love with the sport. From that day on, the Falcons have been a massive part of her life.
Her family and friends aren’t really into American football, but they have put up with her talking about it all the time. It’s been a lot of late nights, cheering (and sobbing) on her own, but she wouldn’t change a thing.
Who is your favorite Atlanta Falcons player of all-time?
Always a hard one to answer because when I started watching the Falcons and learning about the game, I watched and admired Roddy White. He was incredible, but my favorite player of all time has to be Matt Ryan, how can you not love the man?!
What’s your favorite Falcons memory?
Forgetting completely about what happened two weeks later, my favorite Falcons memory has to be the 2016 NFC Championship win against the Green Bay Packers. Everything about the game makes me smile and I re-watch it sometimes. The perfect way to end an era at the Georgia Dome.
What’s your thoughts on the 2018 season?
Disappointing to say the least. Obviously, the injuries played their part and that’s beyond our control but we were inconsistent in places, too. It wasn’t our year and I’m glad it’s behind us now so we can move on! We can take some individual positives though, seeing how wide receiver Calvin Ridley performed in his rookie season was a personal highlight, and I’m excited to see more!
Any specific thoughts you have on the upcoming 2019 offseason?
I try and stay as positive as I can, but I’m feeling quietly confident about the 2019 season. Getting players like safety Keanu Neal and linebacker Deion Jones back to full health will give us the strength we lacked on defense last year. I’m relatively happy with the coaching changes, something had to give and we were never going to get Gary Kubiak. Dirk Koetter already knows what we’re about here, and what we’re expecting. Building around what talent we already have shouldn’t be a difficult job but then again, when is it ever easy for us? Let’s hope for an injury free, championship winning season, and I can’t wait for it to start!
I appreciate Rachelle for sharing her thoughts on the Falcons, and for being the focus of this weeks ‘Fan Spotlight’ article. You can find her on Twitter at @ellehcar_x, where she tweets about all things Atlanta Falcons. 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!