In today’s article, we have some fun in comparing the superhero world to our beloved Falcons. What could be a better title coming off a successful season, but with business left unfinished? Avengers! Our heroes are on a mission!
Let’s meet our personal Justice League. And if there’s truly any justice in sports, this squad will get theirs sooner rather than later.
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Captain America – Matt Ryan, QB
This Falcons team has many leaders, but the one slinging the rock, leading the team, and who you’ll always hear from post game, pre game, in-game – our version of Captain America. Clean cut and squeaky clean, Matty Ice leads the Falcons into battle weekly.
Iron Man – Alex Mack, C
Here’s a guy who single handily made a huge difference in his first year with the Falcon offensive line. His leadership and keeping the team gelling up front was irreplaceable. Who could make a better “Iron Man” than the guy who fought through injury in Super Bowl LI, where not competing was never an option.
Superman – Julio Jones, WR
This describes Julio nicely. There’s no fellow wideout across the league who matches Julio’s all around game: strength, speed, hands, Julio has it all. And if there’s any doubt if he can fly, watch a couple of career highlights like this one (though you might want to stop after the first play):
Another one being out-leaping Luke Kuechly and then strolling in for six. Or even more impressive, the toe tapping, finger tip grab in Super Bowl LI in a play that should have clinched the championship for the Birds (I’m not bitter… actually, yes, yes, I am).
Batman – Desmond Trufant, CB
Trufant is similar to Batman by hiding in the shadows. Trufant returns from injury ready to pick up right where he left off. Next level cornerback play is expected, and the repaired, new contract rewarded cornerback is ready to get back at it. Return of the Dark Knight! Trufant is due to make many opposing quarterbacks look like “jokers” when trying to throw his way.
Spider-Man – Vic Beasley, DE
Quick, agile, spring in his step? That sounds like Vic Beasley. He can use his swim move, spin move, or sling around offensive lineman to catch opposing QB’s in his web.
Thor – Keanu Neal, S
If someone is bringing the “hammer” to foes weekly, it’s a good bet Neal will be that player. Not only is Neal from a different planet, but he leaves opponents seeing stars.
Flash – Taylor Gabriel, WR
Who feels the need for speed? Well, you just missed it, but you can see the name on the jersey running downfield: Gabriel. Turbo Taylor slices through opposing defenses in a blur. He has a second gear that not many wide receivers possess. And yes, I know the aforementioned “Flash Gordon” exists, but I’ll take this version instead.
Hulk – Grady Jarrett, DT
Bulky, a force in the middle of the defense, throwing guys around like rag dolls? Grady is the man to fill that role. Ask Tom Brady if Jarrett posed problems for his offensive line.
Grady made Patriots fans “green” with envy for three quarters in Super Bowl LI, and then Falcons’ fans, unfortunately, spent way too much time soon thereafter praying to the porcelain gods based on the end result (final score).
Thing – Takk McKinley, DE
Takk fits the role because everything he does is a “thing.” Carrying a picture of his beloved grandma on draft night, dancing around based on your first NFL contract, predicting he’ll out sack the top draft pick Myles Garrett in 2017. Built like a rock, Takk brings so much fun and excitement. This “thing” is going to be a joy to watch for Falcons’ fans.
Falcon – The Falcon Statue
You can’t forget Falcon in the midst of superhero comparisons on a team of Falcons right? We’ll take the angle on this last hero to the Falcon Statue outside the stadium. Imposing teams will get a sense of doomsday with the large bird of steel that guards their home field.
Let’s get ready to sit back with popcorn in hand, sipping our sodas on Sunday game days. And try not to forget the brand new venue that this blockbuster will be viewed at as Atlanta will roll out the red carpet at the beautiful Mercedes-Benz Stadium for Falcons’ fans. My guess is a sellout or two will be the norm for this star studded cast. The Birds of Prey are ready to take on all villains this fall.