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 Kelsey Sutton. Kelsey was born and raised in Gwinnett County, and now resides in Buckhead. She typically drives to OTP where she works as an IT recruiter. In her free time, you can find her at any Atlanta sporting event, throwing takes on Twitter dot com or hanging out in the Highlands or West Midtown with all her favorite pals in the world! I asked Kelsey some questions on the state of the franchise and some of her more personal stories as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Let’s get started.
How did you become an Atlanta Falcons fan?
I grew up in a college football only household so I had to venture into pro sports on my own. Sundays were always for spending 10 hours of the day at church. I didn’t start watching the Falcons until I was in high school. Being just from outside of Atlanta, it was easy to root for the Falcons. I take GREAT pride in our city so becoming a fan was the easiest thing I ever did. Is it emotionally great? Not always. But worth it.
Who is your favorite Atlanta Falcons player of all-time?
My all-time favorite Falcons player is such a close race, but I have to go with Julio Jones. My entire dad’s side of the family went to the University of Alabama, so when Julio got drafted it was so exciting for me. I have a large cut out of Julio’s head that I take to every single game with me. He is such a freak athlete and I always wait in anticipation for what he is going to do every Sunday. Such a selfless, team player. It also helps that he played for my favorite college team and coach ever. :)
What are your thoughts on the 2019 Offseason?
The 2019 offseason is one that has definitely captured my attention more so than others. We are coming off such a disappointing season, so it is very important to me that the right roster moves and staffing moves are made. I completely trust TD and DQ to draft well, and I hope they live up to that trust. I hope this offseason that our guys are pissed off with the season they had and they can shift their mindset to try everything to not have that type of season again. Can’t be like those dirty rivals and go 7-9 for three seasons in a row.
What’s your favorite memory as an Atlanta Falcons fan?
My favorite memory as a Falcons fan is tied. The first half of that game we do not speak of is first. I know I will probably catch so much crap, but I have never been so happy watching a game. We played a damn near perfect half. Any Falcons fan can admit that was the greatest time of their life. Obviously, we all slipped into a life changing depression after the first half but I can still remember the good moments of that game. The second is obviously the game that put us there. The 2017 NFC Championship when Matty Ice threw for almost 400 yards and 4 TD’s. My man Quintorris Lopez Jones with 2 of the best TD’s of the day. That was all around a perfect game. Fathering Aaron Rodgers was such a joy to watch, and a moment I will never forget.
Who should the Atlanta Falcons select in the 2019 NFL Draft?
The 2019 draft is so interesting because the Falcons are in the awkward mid-round pick spot with many needs to fill. My dream pick would be Quinnen Williams but we all know he will not be available. I would like Ed Oliver to really help the defense out or Jonah Williams on our offensive line.
Where can your fellow Atlanta Falcons fans find you?
Thanks everyone for reading! If ya’ll would like to read my terrible sports takes, then you can find me on twitter at @kelseytaysutton. You can also follow my personal Instagram account @kelsey.sutton. Remember that cut out of Julio’s head I was talking about? He also has an Instagram account and you can find him at @bigheadjetjones. If yall ever see me at a game then please come get a picture with him!
I will leave all of my fellow Falcons fans with this message. We don’t recognize Gucci Mane anymore since he played at the New England Patriots Super Bowl party. Also remember it could always be worse. We could be Saints fans living in New Orleans.
I greatly appreciate my friend Kelsey for sharing her thoughts on the Falcons, her personal stories and for being the focus of this week’s ‘Fan Spotlight’ article. Make sure to give her a follow on the accounts she listed above!
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!