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 Marco Oldenbuettel. Marco is lives in Oldenburg, Germany where he’s a branch manager of two casinos. He has a wife named Katrin, who he’s been married to for nearly 5 years, and a pug named Roddy. Despite living in Germany, Marco and Katrin are PSL and season ticket holders, and come over for two home games every season. The other tickets he gives to friends living in Georgia or elsewhere in the United States.
How did you become a Falcons fan?
Beginning in the 2000’s my wife Katrin (who was my girlfriend at the time) and I spent every vacation in the United States, most of the time visiting Georgia or the Carolina’s and became football fans. So, we had to decide between the Atlanta Falcons or the Carolina Panthers. But the both of us agreed and our hearts said, it must be the Falcons. So, our fandom started, and we went frequently to home games and the Falcons London game.
Who is your favorite Falcons player of all-time?
That’s an easy one for me. Without a doubt, it’s Roddy White. We loved watching him play, and his nature on and off the field. He was one of the toughest players and often played through injuries. The day he was cut was very hard, but I’m glad he never dressed for another team. I hope No. 84 will be in the Atlanta Falcons ring of honor soon. Also, we named our five year-old pug “Roddy” after him. My ambition is to meet him someday, I hope that dream becomes real.
If you were the Falcons General Manager, what moves would you make?
First, I would like to enjoy all that money as a GM. But seriously, I would build through the draft and develop my own players. Finding the RIGHT players is more important than finding the best. In the upcoming draft we should draft trench players such as defensive tackle Ed Oliver in the first round, and a guard or offensive tackle in the second round. Oliver is a freakish athlete and a unique prospect, despite being a little undersized. I hope he is still available when we are on the clock. In the later rounds, I would love if we can get wide receiver Andy Isabella for depth. Wide Receiver is nowhere near a priority, but I loved him in college. And hey, I’m the GM. But I think, he will be long gone before we think about a WR. Additionally, I would move on from Vic Beasley. With so many other players to pay, and tight cap space, it’s time to cut an underachieving player. The Falcons can fill other holes with his expected $12.8 million salary in 2019. I would also cut Ryan Schraeder, and moreover try to restructure Desmond Trufant’s contract to free up more cap space. But these are tough decisions.
Favorite Falcons memorabilia?
My favorite memorabilia are my miniature Georgia Dome, authentic turf from the Georgia Dome, and my huge collection of bobbleheads, McFarlane’s and Starting lineup Falcons.
Favorite Falcons memory?
I have to name two favorite memories. First, it’s the 2012 season divisional round game vs. Seattle Seahawks, when Matt Bryant kicked a 49-yard winner with eight seconds left. Second, it’s the 2016 NFC Championship game. It was such a great feeling and I didn’t stop smiling the next day, and then I called my great friend Matt Chumley in Dallas and the both of us met one week later at his parents’ house in Powder Springs. We watched the Super Bowl in the College Football Hall of Fame. Despite the outcome, we had a fantastic week.
I appreciate Marco for sharing his thoughts on the Falcons, and for being the focus of this weeks ‘Fan Spotlight’ article. Got to show respect to our overseas fans, who stay up late just to watch Falcons games. If you’d like to connect with Marco you can find him on Twitter at @FalconMarco11 and in Section 316 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
If you’d like to be considered for a future ‘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!