Greetings, Falcoholics, I’m back with one more edition of The Falcoholic’s “Fan Spotlight.” This segment highlights Atlanta Falcons fans from about the globe and shares how they became a fan of the group and their thoughts on the franchise.
This week’s Fan Spotlight is on Landen Prather. Landen’s been an Atlanta Falcons fan considering that 1996, the early days of Jamal Anderson, Terance Mathis and Jessie Tuggle. He was born in Atlanta in 1985 and moved to Kansas with his loved ones just before at some point moving back to Georgia in 1996, the summer time of the Olympic Games. Landen’s been hooked on watching the Falcons considering that then, and was heartbroken but proud like the rest of Atlanta in 1998 when the group went to the SuperBowl. Landen has a wife of 15 years, Ashley Prather and 5 crazy Falcon Fanatic young children Landen Jalen (11), Chloe (9), Quinn (eight), Griffin (five) and Colette (three). They all cheer on the Falcons from Loganville, GA. I asked Landen some inquiries on the state of the franchise and some of his additional private stories as an Atlanta Falcons fan. Let’s get began.
How did you turn into an Atlanta Falcons fan?
As I described above, I have been a fan considering that 1996, but my wife and I got married in 2004. For my very first birthday present in the course of our marriage, my wife Ashley purchased us two tickets to the Falcons versus Buccaneers game and also purchased us matching genuine Michael Vick jerseys to put on to the game. She grew up a Browns fan as she is from Cleveland, OH, but immediately turned to be a Falcons fan following that day. She genuinely purchased terrific seats in the finish zone and very first section of the Georgia Dome. When we began getting young children we started going to instruction camp in Flowery Branch and we have not missed a camp considering that 2010. The young children like getting capable to be so close to the players, in particular in the course of the years of 2010-2014 when these camps weren’t incredibly busy, it was simple to have an interaction with Roddy White, Julio Jones and Michael Turner without the need of a crowd. We would also frequent the Friday Evening Light scrimmages in the course of these years as effectively. This previous year we joined the remarkable group, the ATL Cast, the most die challenging, loyal, rain or shine group of Falcons Fans I have ever encountered. These men and women really speak my language. My loyalty to the Falcons has just been amplified by how I have noticed every single member of the organization we have encountered treat my young children. They all have such remarkable memories and experiences, I like the way the Falcons attempt to choose players that can play on the field, but have character off the field as effectively.
Who is your preferred Atlanta Falcons player of all-time?
My preferred Falcons player(s) would have to be a tie, and you will see the purpose why. I was really excited when we picked up Michael Turner as a cost-free agent and he did not disappointed, he is my private preferred. Final in the line of the bruiser operating back I was also fortunate sufficient to interact with him on various occasions in the course of his playing days at the restaurant I worked at, close to his property. A incredibly down to earth individual and I am so content he is nevertheless involved with the organization. The Prather Loved ones preferred is Damontae Kazee. Through the final open practice of 2018, Military Day, my daughter was just focused on watching quantity 27 intercept balls, lead to deflections and just flat out hustle. My daughter Chloe kept screaming “Good job!” “Great Interception!” “Go Kazee, you can do it!” She even told me this was her new preferred player just before the most remarkable factor occurred. I do not know if Kazee has remarkable hearing, or if the stars just aligned for the reason that following practice, Damontae Kazee ran straight to her , took off his Military Day jersey, signed it and gave it to her! We have been all in shock. We had no concept he was going to have the season that he was going to have, we just knew we have been his most significant fans that year.
What’s your preferred Atlanta Falcons memory?
Our loved ones became season ticket holders in 2017 – and a lot of of these experiences have been remarkable. I consider the greatest for us was the atmosphere of the inaugural typical season game at the Benz against the Packers on Sunday Evening. The power in the stadium was amazing, the roof was open, we beat Aaron Rodgers and it was remarkable! It was amazing to be about so a lot of fellow Falcons fans and there have been only a couple of men and women in the green and yellow, and even they have been in awe of the state of the art stadium. A higher scoring game with a win (hopefully we can get back to that this year) was a incredibly enjoyable time and unquestionably worth it.
Thoughts on the 2019 NFL Draft?
For two years we have been saying we require to guard our quarterback, so we went out to address that situation. With Lindstrom and McGary, they may well not be the most “popular” picks nationally and to the casual “fan” who only plays Madden, but everyone who really knows the roster of this group and has noticed the players develop and create more than the years, and watched every single snap of every single game, knows that they are needed. I also like the addition of Qadree Ollison to the backfield group of Freeman, Smith and Hill. I really feel like he could give us some size like the days of Michael Turner that we have been missing in our arsenal. We addressed requirements this draft, and I have complete faith in Vic Beasley, Devondre Campbell, Jack Crawford, Kazee and getting Deion Jones and Neal back. I have purpose to be excited for this season, I consider we have some genuine depth right here.
What’s your record prediction/outlook for the 2019 season?
At least 10-six. I see us owning the division this year. It appears like every single member of the organization is on the exact same web page and on a mission. I consider we have challenging games this year, but I like that. To be the ideal, you gave to beat the ideal, and that is what we will have to do for confident this year. The Falcons also have a lot of property games this year which must play to our advantage and we are not traveling a lot of miles. It appears like the finish outcome will genuinely come down to us. I see a Super Bowl in our future and would like to see the Falcons win in Miami this upcoming February.
Something you want to inform your fellow Atlanta Falcons fans?
I am thankful for the Falcons organization and what Arthur Blank has completed considering that taking more than. The ATL Cast is the greatest fan organization, and we are usually welcoming new members. Please come across and join us at ATLCast.org. You can come across me at every single property game and adhere to me on Twitter @lprather1. Thanks for the chance to share my like for this group!
I appreciate Landen and the complete Prather loved ones for sharing thoughts on the Falcons, telling us some stories and for getting the concentrate of this week’s ‘Fan Spotlight’ post. Once more, make confident to give Landen a adhere to on Twitter @lprather1.
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