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,1commentLet’s hear from the fans!ESTShareTweetShareShareThe Falcoholic’s Falcons Fan Spotlight: Meet DavidGreetings, 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 David Hicks, a lifelong Atlanta Falcons fan from Iowa. In 1980, David was “drafted” to the Falcons through his town’s little league football program. Through the program, he got the full Falcons uniform — jersey and helmet, and they instantly became his favorite NFL team at age nine. The 1980 season also happened to be a great season for the Falcons, with players like Steve Bartkowski, William Andrews, Lynn Cain, Alfred Jenkins, etc. and going 12-4 after years of struggling. Like most die-hard Falcon fans, David’s had to endure many hard-to-watch teams over the last 40 years. For each of the past four seasons, David and his son Evan have flown from Iowa to Atlanta to see a game. While they always sit in the nosebleed sections, it doesn’t matter to them as long as they are there! David and Evan have been able to see games in Minneapolis and Dallas as well. As they prepare for the 2019 schedule release date, they’re already looking forward to seeing the Dirty Birds play in Minneapolis again, as well as picking a game to see in Atlanta. His wife Alyson married into the fandom, and their daughter Jillian has also flown down with them to see a game as well.Who is your favorite Falcons player of all-time? Steve Bartkowski is my all-time favorite Atlanta Falcons player. As a kid, I learned that he was born in Des Moines, Iowa – just an hour away from where I live. I thought that was really cool as I didn’t think anyone famous would be from Iowa, let alone my favorite team’s quarterback. I was the only kid wearing Falcons gear in my town – I still have my Falcons stocking hat that I wore in elementary school. Being a Falcons fan in Iowa is pretty lonely... but I know of another Iowa-based super-fan, Dennis Bown, who lives about thirty minutes from me. Josh Rand Vic Beasley Jr Jersey 2019
, of Iowa-based hard rock band Stone Sour, is also a super-fan and is a great guy too! We enjoy talking Falcon football on occasion.What’s your favorite Falcons memory? I think I can narrow it down to three memories. Watching a game in the Georgia Dome for the first time (Falcons winning in OT vs. the Washington Redskins on an Alford interception). Julio Jones’s 300-yard performance against the Carolina Panthers. Lastly, Robert Alford’s pick-six in the Super Bowl. I could watch those on repeat for hours.Who should the Falcons target in the 2019 NFL Draft? At this point, we have several key players to replace. I think we should draft for the trenches, with an emphasis on the defense. Pressuring the QB and stopping the run is critical as we struggled with that last season. While we know the names of all the likely first-round picks, I have to push for a few local ‘sleeper’ picks – Anthony Nelson, DE, 6’8, 295lbs is a massive kid with over 100 career tackles for the University of Iowa. He doesn’t get mentioned nationally at all, which is a shame. My son Evan just graduated from Iowa State University this past December and he’d like the Falcons to pick up one of his classmates – David Montgomery, RB, who had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons or Hakeem Butler, 6’6 big body WR, who would be one of the tallest receivers in the league. Thoughts on the upcoming 2019 season? The Falcons have re-tooled the coaching ranks so the pressure is on them to put together a winning team. Barring major, long-term injuries like 2018, the Falcons will be in the mix in December for the playoffs. It’s great to be a Falcon fan with so much talent waiting to be unleashed. It will be fun to watch this fall.Any tailgate, game day rituals?Back in January of 2012, while on a Caribbean cruise, I happened to run into someone, Jerry Wiese, who was decked out in Falcons gear – hat, jersey, etc. I had to say ‘hello’ of course and let him know how much of a fan I was. He was from Atlanta and was a season ticket holder Black Alex Mack Jersey
, which I thought was the greatest thing ever. While on the cruise, his family and mine joined up and watched the Falcons beat the Seattle Seahawks on a game-winning field goal. He said, “If you ever want to fly down to a game, you can tailgate with us anytime.” I kept in touch with him for a few years and I’ve held him to that promise ever since -- each time we fly down for a game, he plays host to a great tailgate. Last year, we partied in the Home Depot Backyard with the tailgate guys. Amazing experience! Evan and I really like walking around the Gulch just to take it all in. In fact, we were featured in the early seconds of a Falcons based rap video several years ago. When we are in Iowa, it is Sunday Ticket on the TV with our home or away jerseys, depending on the game. Where can folks find you?I’m the director for YSS (Youth and Shelter Services) of Marshall County in Iowa. We work with young people who need therapy, counseling, skill development, and support. I’ve been with the agency for 24 years and have been the director for the past 14 years. It’s an honor to work in the social services field, and help the members of my community. Several of our programs work with youth in transition – either they are homeless or are turning 18 and facing leaving state-funded foster care. Despite the challenges our young people face, we provide hope and opportunity by putting kids first! Last July, my town was ravaged by an F3 tornado, which destroyed my office building. My staff and I have continued to help rebuild our community – one person at a time, and one building at a time. Much like the young people we serve, my staff learned to be strong in the middle of uncertainty and chaos. Falcons football was a great diversion for me last season, as I worried about the recovery of my community and agency. I can be found on Facebook. We look forward to another trip to the Benz this fall!I really appreciate David for sharing his thoughts on the Falcons, and for being the focus of this weeks ‘Fan Spotlight’ article. You can really tell he’s got a great heart, and is a loyal fan based on his comments. Again, you can find David on Facebook by clicking here. If you want to be the next ‘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! After parting ways with franchise legend Matt Bryant, the Falcons will be relying upon Giorgio Tavecchio to take over kicking duties in 2019 and perhaps beyond."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Library FalcFans Podcast on The FalcoholicContact The FalcoholicFalcons StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Falcons NewsYahoo Falcons Team PageYahoo Falcons ReportYahoo Falcons Depth ChartYahoo Falcons TransactionsYahoo Falcons PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub 鉁旻alcons Free Agency 2019Giorgio Tavecchio will be the Falcons kicker in 2019New Alex Mack Jersey 2019
,33commentsAfter parting ways with franchise legend Matt Bryant, the Falcons will be relying upon Giorgio Tavecchio to take over kicking duties in 2019 and perhaps beyond.ESTShareTweetShareShareGiorgio Tavecchio will be the Falcons kicker in 2019Brett Davis-USA TODAY SportsFalcons fans received some sad news today when it was announced that Atlanta would be moving on from legendary kicker Matt Bryant. It’s a move that had been foreshadowed for awhile, but it was still difficult to swallow considering that Bryant had been a stalwart on the team for an entire decade. Bryant will be dearly missed, but the show must go on for the Falcons. That leads us to the question of who will be taking over for Bryant in 2019, and that player is more than likely already on the roster.Atlanta signed ex-Raiders kicker Giorgio Tavecchio in Week 7 of the 2018 season to fill in for an injured Matt Bryant. Tavecchio acquitted himself well in limited action, going 5/5 in FG attempts and hitting all eight of his XP attempts over three games with the Falcons. Perhaps most famously, Tavecchio hit a 56-yard FG on Monday Night Football against the Giants that gave the Falcons an 11-point lead. Atlanta ended up winning that game 23-20.Tavecchio was born in Milan, Italy, making him one of the only Italian football players in the NFL and earning him the nickname of “Italian Ice” among fans. He got his first NFL opportunity with the Oakland Raiders in 2017, where he started all 16 games. Unfortunately, Tavecchio had a rather uninspiring rookie season, finishing 16/21 in FG attempts (76.2%) and 33/34 in XPs (97.1%). That caused the Raiders to part ways with him once Jon Gruden arrived, and Tavecchio became a free agent just before the end of the 2018 preseason.The Falcons first signed Tavecchio for the fourth preseason game, but didn’t end up keeping him on the 53-man roster after Bryant recovered from his preseason injury. Bryant ended up aggravating that injury prior to Week 7, which meant the Falcons needed to find a replacement kicker. Curiously, Atlanta ended up giving Tavecchio a 2-year contract at that time.That 2-year deal ended up being a harbinger of what was to come with Matt Bryant. Tavecchio kicked very well for the Falcons in limited action, and the team clearly felt confident enough in him to be able to move on from Bryant. Financially, the move makes some sense: the team saves $2.8M by cutting Bryant, and Tavecchio only costs $645K in 2019. The deal also gives the Falcons control of Tavecchio in 2020, where he will become an RFA.It’s always sad to see a franchise great depart, but hopefully this will be the beginning of a nice career for the next Falcons kicker. What are your thoughts on Giorgio Tavecchio taking over kicking duties in 2019? Are you reasonably confident in his abilities, or do you think the Falcons will be looking for other options in free agency and the draft?