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 Isaac. Isaac has lived in Davenport, Iowa his entire life. He’s 25 years old, and has been married for almost a year and a half to @taylor_beitzel. They have a dog named Randall, and he dominates in fantasy football leagues. I asked Isaac some questions on the state of the franchise and some of his more personal stories as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Let’s get started.
How did you become an Atlanta Falcons fan?
I became a Falcons fan in kind of a weird way. We don’t have a professional team of any sport in Iowa which is a shame so when I was younger I didn’t really have a favorite team, just players I liked. I watched the Kansas City Chiefs a lot, and liked Larry Johnson and Tony Gonzalez. When Matt Ryan came into the league and was on a 4th quarter comeback, it was hard not to watch. When the Falcons added Tony G to the team, that’s pretty much when I declared my fanhood and it won’t ever change.
Favorite Atlanta Falcons player of all-time?
Because I haven’t been a fan for too long, my favorite players list is short. But obviously Tony Gonzalez would be up there. I also really like Deion Jones and think Keanu Neal is the hardest hitting safety in the NFL.
Favorite Atlanta Falcons memorabilia?
One of my buddy’s out of the blue gave me a Falcon’s helmet signed by Vic Beasley, and even with the hate spewed by Falcon’s fans on Twitter, I still think it’s awesome. Vic is about to show out this year. 10+ sacks, count on it.
Thoughts on the Offseason?
As far as the offseason goes I’m somewhat happy. Losing Teco will hurt. But the biggest loss to me is Brian Poole. We don’t have the depth at slot corner and he would’ve been cheap to keep. Money Matt should’ve been retained too. I can’t believe he hasn’t signed somewhere yet, the dude was automatic. Addition wise, I really like the Stocker pickup with the ties he has to with new coaches. I’ve also really liked Kenjon Barner. The guy is lightning quick and can get around anyone but Matt Bosher. Adding Clay, Davison, Brown and Carpenter set us up nicely for the draft. I believe we stay at 14 and go best player available. Dream picks for me are Devin White dropping to 14, I like defensive line or Rock Ya-Sin in the second, OL (Powers or Samia) in the 3rd and if David Montgomery dropped to us in the 4th I may poo my pants in excitement. Overall, I think we had a money well spent offseason so far.
2019 Record Prediction/Outlook?
I think the Falcons can go 12-4, maybe 13-3. Depends on how fast they can get going. The extra preseason game might help them get ready for a tough set of games. MIN/PHI/IND/HOU are all tough. The Titans and 49ers later in the season look like trap games to me. But the season in my opinion is going to come down to the 5-game division stretch at the end of the year. If we can win 3 or 4 we’ll make the playoffs.
I appreciate Isaac for sharing his thoughts on the Falcons and for being the focus of this week’s ‘Fan Spotlight’ article. If you’re interested in reading some of Isaac’s stuff, you can find it at the Atlanta Sports Page. Additionally, you can find him on Twitter @IE_SportsBureau, and his dog Randall even has an account @MrRandallTheDog.
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!