Falcon pride

AAJA JCamp
Oct 13, 2022

By Joshua Mysore, J Camp 2019 — Atlanta

At the recent training camp for the Atlanta Falcons, fans poured into the practice facility in the early morning to watch and cheer for their favorite players. These fans view the Atlanta Falcons as an integral part of the Atlanta culture and community, and they especially love meeting the players and interacting with them.

Over 200 fans were in attendance for the last practice at the training facility.

Serving as the honorary captain for the upcoming preseason Falcons game, D’Eric Sadler (right) shows off his Atlanta Falcons prosthetic leg in a photo with an NBC interviewer, Peter King (left). Sadler, who lost his right leg to complications at birth, was invited by Julio Jones to serve as captain after the team learned about Sadler’s huge support for the team.
Falcons wide receiver Devin Gray signs a young fan’s football as other fans clamor around him for an autograph. Gray was just one of many football players who came to the sideline after practice to greet eager fans.
Smiling wide, rookie wide receiver Christian Blake takes a selfie with two fans after practice. Blake, who played in college at Northern Illinois, commented on how “meeting fans was one of the best parts of [his] job” so far.
After signing many autographs, former Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley asks a young girl to step out to him and signs her shirt. Ridley, now in his second year in the NFL, signed many objects from shoes to footballs for the fans.
A close-up of Calvin Ridley’s tattoos and gloves as he signs a fan’s football.
A fan presents one of his Jordan shoes to a football player to sign.

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