Jason Snelling to lead National Walk for Epilepsy

 Falcons running back # 44 Jason Snelling is tackled by Saints defensive end # 94 Charles Grant as he picks up yardage during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons running back # 44 Jason Snelling is tackled by Saints defensive end # 94 Charles Grant as he picks up yardage during 1st half action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

SNELLING VILLE — Running back Jason Snelling was instrumental in helping the Falcons down the stretch last season.

His 147-yard effort in the season finale against Tampa Bay was key to the franchise posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time in team history.

Snelling, who has epilepsy, is set to lead the National Walk for Epilepsy for the second year in a row  on Saturday, March 27th on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Snelling wants to inspire youth with his condition.

In college, Snelling often suffered from migraine headaches and dizzy spells. He was diagnosed with epilepsy.

The National Walk for Epilepsy, hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation is a family-oriented, noncompetitive, two-mile walk in Washington, D.C. to raise money for research, education, advocacy and services for people with epilepsy and their caregivers.

“I am looking forward to leading my team in the National Walk for Epilepsy again,” said Snelling. “The Walk is an opportunity to connect with other people who are impacted by the condition and let them know that with courage and confidence they too can overcome any obstacles.”

Snelling has worked closely with the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia to raise funds for research. He regularly hosts kids with epilepsy at Falcons games and he recently filmed a public service announcement about his condition.

Some notes from the National Epilepsy Foundation:

  • When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy, which affects nearly 3 million people in the United States and 40 to 50 million people worldwide. This year, another 200,000 people in the United States country will be diagnosed with epilepsy. To date, there is no known cure.
  • The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. The Foundation’s goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and promote research for a cure.

Larry Fitzgerald hauls in a pass for a touchdown as Matt Giordano of the Packers tries to defend during the third quarter. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic)

Larry Fitzgerald hauls in a pass for a touchdown as Matt Giordano of the Packers tries to defend during the third quarter. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic)

THE BOOK ON GIORDANO: Got some additional intel from my man Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Matt Giordano, the safety the Falcons signed on Tuesday.

Last season at Green bay, he played just 18 snaps from scrimmage and 57 on specials teams. The Packers were not real happy with his play on special teams.

Giordano did learn the system quickly and can play both safety spots. The Packers were desperate at safety when they signed him on Sept. 23 because that didn’t like how Aaron Rouse was working out for

IRVING, TX - NOVEMBER 27:  Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Deon Grant #24 of the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter at Texas Stadium on November 27, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

IRVING, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Tight end Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against Deon Grant #24 of the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter at Texas Stadium on November 27, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


DEON GRANT IS AVAILABLE: Seattle released safety Deon Grant, 31, earlier this week.

Grant, an Augusta native who played at Tennessee, would like to play for the Falcons. He played for Falcons head coach Mike Smith in Jacksonville before signing a lucrative contract with the Seahawks in 2007.

Grant’s play dipped last season. He was set to make $4 million in 2010 and $13 million total for 2011 and 2012.

Grant did not miss a game in three seasons with Seattle and had eight interceptions.

29 comments Add your comment


March 18th, 2010
7:34 am

Kudos to Jason Snelling-a tribute of good will for the Falcons.


March 18th, 2010
8:27 am

It’s nice to have good character guys in the locker room. Anyone miss Vick and Meangelo? Not me.

Blue Fender

March 18th, 2010
8:47 am

I wonder if Grant comes cheap?

All I'm Saying Is...

March 18th, 2010
9:02 am

J-SNELL IS CLUTCH! Jason Snelling played well when we had to have it and made it possible for us to get that 40 year monkey off our back. Wish him the best and a long future with the Falcons!

Reads like Giordano was a warm and available body that was a quick learner filling the immediate need that Green Bay had but clearly not the long term answer and I suspect the same is true for the Falcons so SIGN GRANT, GET HIM INTO CAMP, AND LET HIM AND GIORDANO BATTLE FOR THE STARTING ROLE! Since he already earned and received his big money deal and was recently released by Seattle (not a playoff team), I suspect we can get him inexpensively.



March 18th, 2010
9:03 am

DOL, I do not think D.Grant would help the Falcons. Do you hear rumors that the cowboys are willing to trade for T.Clabo? Also, I hear the Falcons have put out “feelers” around the league to guage trade interest for J.Norwood. Also, please get off M.Pouncey, good player but not a first round pick.


March 18th, 2010
9:08 am

Good for Snelling, Deion Grant is 31 and we dont need him anyway. I sure hope the Cowgirls call on Clabo-we could really use the pick.

Matty Ice

March 18th, 2010
9:20 am

D-Led, no update on the Weatherspoon private workout with the Falcons? are you not invited to those? would love an update there. The workout was yesterday.


March 18th, 2010
9:41 am

Always good to hear stories like this. The sad thing is that there are actually a lot of unsung heroes but the media chooses to magnify the “bad” situations with players. Thanks for posting this D Led.


March 18th, 2010
9:42 am

Guys like Jason Snelling make me proud to be a Falcons fan! No, IceFan, I don’t miss either of those two shallow players. Give me a team of guys like Snelling anyday! I liked him as a player and now that I find out this about him, he takes on almost heroic proportions to me. Epileptic and still playing football. Going to UVA, a school that is highly thought of academically. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology. Leading the National Walk for Epilepsy. Any kid who aspires to be like Jason Snelling could do a whole lot worse. Thanks for bringing this to us, DOL.


March 18th, 2010
9:43 am

Way to go Jason! Epilepsy can be very misunderstood and overlooked. I am a survivor and had successful surgery at UAB in 2002! We can do anything!


March 18th, 2010
10:03 am

Kudos to Jason Snelling. I have epilepsy and would love for a cure to be discovered!


March 18th, 2010
10:40 am

…and he is a great guy! Sign him to something long-term Dimitroff. This is the kind of guy you want for the long haul.


[...] D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that recently released safety Deon Grant has interest in playing for the Falcons. It remains to be seen if the feelings are mutual. [...]

Chucktown 38

March 18th, 2010
10:55 am

Now that is a Man among men and someone every fan should embrace.Not all the THUG punks in the leauge.


March 18th, 2010
11:21 am

“Preciate learning something “new” about a guy we thought we knew already. Just makes you pull for him even harder. Good ‘un!

Row 3

March 18th, 2010
12:06 pm

It’s great to see the kind of people within the organization that can inspire, not only the people directly affected, but all of us.

Remember when it was “Anywhere but Atlanta” Now all of these Veterans want to finish their careers with the Falcons.

Larvell "SugarBear" Blanks

March 18th, 2010
12:07 pm

Way to go Jason,

I have had Epilepsy most of my adult life. Thanks for being out there and bringing light to this misunderstood condition!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

March 18th, 2010
12:55 pm

D-Led –
Thanks for the information about Snelling. Stories like this about the players, help to put football in the proper perspective. Being on the field is only a small portion of who they are as humans. It is good to know that Jason Snelling is making a significant difference in other people’s lives away from football.

Keep the positive vibes flowing Jason!!!!!

Old Man

March 18th, 2010
2:07 pm

Well, I’m still lobbying for us to trade Turner, grab a bunch of picks, take Spiller (another top-character guy) and play Snelling and Spiller as the feature backs. My point is, Snelling is not just a guy with top notch character. He also happens to be making huge improvement every year, and he catches the ball. If he ever plays enough, he is going to have a break out year for somebody. I prefer it to be the Falcons. So don’t advertise him as just the “good guy” who isn’t good enough to start. He oughta be startin’. Turner seems to be gaining weight and losing speed. Snelling is staying in shape and getting better every year. You heard it here first.

Jason Kodey

March 18th, 2010
3:56 pm

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Delbert D.

March 18th, 2010
4:08 pm

I hope Snelling finishes his career here. That guy has a lot of heart. Great performer at TB with few touches and on special teams.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 18th, 2010
4:38 pm

Blue Fender — Don’t think Grant will play for the home-state discount. (I use to date a girl in college from Colquitt County. She hated the affable Buck Belue for some reason).

BFalcon — Checking the Cowboys/Clabo rumor. Maybe Keith Brooking is recruiting him.

MattyIce — Working on an update. All I can say is stay tune for tomorrow’s updated Mock(ery) Draft!!! I’ve got major connects at Mizzou.

SirReal — Glad that I could share.

Sly Ty

March 18th, 2010
5:18 pm

I always liked Snelling, and now I really appreciate the young man even more. This is a great story DOL, and I for one look forward to hearing more reports like this about the outstanding young men that make up our falcons. Thanks Mr.Ledbetter.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

March 18th, 2010
6:10 pm

Thanks DOL.

It’s great to get stories like this out there. Lots of epileptic folks will be inspired by it. Especially the kids, which is fantastic!

You do a great job DOL, but I still get tickled every time I think of Pouncey. If it (Pouncey #1 Falcons) somehow actually happens, I suggest a swat team with riot gear and taser-shields outside Draft Central. LOL


March 18th, 2010
10:11 pm

Ray Goff is from Colquitt Co as am I. I met my wife there so the ladies aren’t all bad.
Can’t wait for the new mock….


March 19th, 2010
9:06 am

I’d love to have Grant in camp anyway. I always thought he was an excellent player when he played against the Falcons. If he wants to be here he would be a nice vet to have in camp.


March 19th, 2010
9:09 am

It’s amazing that we have had so many guys through this city like Snelling and Warrick Dunn who actively lead public well being campaigns that they are passionate about off the field. It makes one proud that these fine gentlemen represent our city.


March 19th, 2010
9:32 am

Wish more people who suffer from epilepsy, seizures, spells whatever name you want to put on it would speak up. My daughter has epilepsy and loves to play softball. It is good to see people who deal with epilepsy that are active and successful. Thanks Snelling for speaking up about epilepsy and being a role model for my daughter and many others. There are so many misconceptions about the illness that need to be cleared up. Epilepsy is so underfunded partly because people hid the fact that they have epilepsy! From what I understand more people suffer from epilepsy than autism and many other illnesses. The more we speak up and educate the general public about this disorder the more funding may became available and perhaps we can not only treat the disease but actually find a cure.


March 19th, 2010
10:36 am

Hey i am a cowboy to the heart but i will give due to Snelling for taking the time out and help out a great cause so i won’t bash the falcons today but tommorrow is a different day