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The summers are hot, and the winters are actually cold. No really, like sometimes, it even snows and the whole city shuts down, which is not anything to be proud of, but still worth mentioning.

Where was I? Oh! Here we go. I am an Atlanta native.

I’ve walked down the streets where Dr. Martin Luther King marched, I’ve sat in the church he preached in, and I’ve met civil rights greats like Rev. Joseph Lowry.

As a child I was hypnotized by Outkast, Goodie Mob, and I even remember when the rapper/actor the world knows as Ludacris was a radio personality named Chris Lova Lova.

I even remember when Robin Roberts, yes the same Robin Roberts from Good Morning America, was a morning show host on one of the most popular radio stations in the city.

For me, Primetime wasn’t the time of day when your favorite TV shows aired. Primetime was Deion Sanders, the super athlete who did amazing things on the field, as an Atlanta Falcon and as an Atlanta Brave.

Speaking of the Braves, I’ve seen the gigantic Coca-Cola bottles fizz up and explode when the Braves made home runs, and I remember when dirty bird fever swept over the city when the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl for the first time ever back in 1998, when Jamal Anderson and Ray Buchanan were our team standouts.

I remember when Michel Vick flipped into the in-zone scoring a touchdown. I also remember how Vick would run and literally jump over defenders to get the first down or touchdown. Sometimes it seemed like he was just unstoppable; it was like I was watching a super hero! I remember the pride I felt wearing my authentic black and white Vick Falcons jersey with number “7” stretched across the front.

I remember T.I. and Migos before they were stars, and I also remember that time I ran into R&B superstars Jagged Edge in South Dekalb Mall.

I say all that to say this. For us, the Falcons are not just a football team. They represent a part of the cultural renaissance that took place in Atlanta back when Vick was our quarterback, T.I. was on the rise, and Atlanta was starting to be taken seriously as a major American city. They represent the world finally seeing our southern culture as excellence, so excuse me if I seem a little too proud, or loud, or maybe just plain out over the top.

Most of us Falcons fans have been waiting our whole lives for this moment, and just like Falcons, we plan to RISE UP.



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