Falcons rookie Sean Weatherspoon shines at symposium

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is star at the rookie symposium. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is star at the rookie symposium. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

BIRDLAND — All of the Falcons rookies are present and in their seats for the NFL’s Rookie Symposium in California.

Each day, first round draft pick Sean Weatherspoon is doing a  video tour. He’s a natural and loves the camera. Here’s a look at his report from day one.

When the subsequent reports are posted, I’ll send them out on twitter.com, where you can follow my blog and the fan blog at ajcfalcons. Check out the new design of the twitter page and follow it.

Also, Britton Lynn, one of the finalists for the Falcons Taco Mac Insider contest, is doing some work for Fox Sports at the Symposium. Lynn, who attends Alabama, was taken upset  that Detroit rookie Ndamukong Suh wouldn’t do an interview even after she begged for two minutes.

That used to be against the rules. Rookies are not allowed to stand up the media. I hope the veterans in Detroit get that kid turned around.

However, she was happy that Denver rookie Tim Tebow did grant an interview.  She was impressed, even though he is a former

Florida Gator. You can follow her on twitter.com, too.

Curtis Lofton being interviewed by Britton Lynn, a University of Alabama student who's a finalist to become the Falcons Taco Maco Insider. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Curtis Lofton being interviewed by Britton Lynn, a University of Alabama student who's a finalist to become the Falcons Taco Maco Insider. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC).

SOME MAIL BAG TYPE STUFF, SINCE I DON’T REALLY DO A MAIL BAG:

CATCHING UP WITH NICHOLAS: Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas has a fan page on Facebook.com where you can become a fan and you can leave a message for him on his website.

GRIFFITH HOSTS CAMP: Local agent Derek Gilmore sent along a nice note about former Falcon Justin Griffith.

“Orlando,

Hope this message finds you doing well Frat. I felt compelled to shoot you a note after attending a camp (last week) in Gainesville held by former Falcon and current Houston Texan Justin Griffith. I know many NFL players are hosting camps this time of year so what makes this special?

“This was a ‘free camp’ that was not only well run (assisted by All Star Sports Camps) with outstanding coaching, but Justin bused in over 150 kids from the Boys and Girls clubs and took pictures with every single camper. I spoke with a parent that was so happy for the opportunity because this was the only vacation/camp the kid would have this

Atlanta Falcons' Stephen Nicholas, right, Chauncey Davis, second from right, and Curtis Lofton, left, try to tackle New York Jets' Braylon Edwards during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Atlanta Falcons' Stephen Nicholas, right, Chauncey Davis, second from right, and Curtis Lofton, left, try to tackle New York Jets' Braylon Edwards during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

summer. . . It (was) held at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville.

“A great story of an NFL player who now calls Georgia his home.”

BIERMANN CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW: Defensive end Kroy Biermann, whom many are predicting will have a breakout campaign in 2010, will be able to literally focus better.

One of  defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s main teaching points it to trust your eyes. Basically, you have to play what you see in front of you.

Now, Biermann can see clearly now since he recently had lasik surgery at the Woolfson Eye Institute.

Biermann has long suffered from a severe astigmatism and has been unsatisfied with the correction contact lenses. His desire to improve his performance, especially his peripheral vision, on the field as well as eliminate the

McEachern vs. McIntosh at high school passing camp tourney. Scouting for future Falcons. Coach Kyle Hockman's McEachern High Indians were sharp. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Stopped by the McEachern High passing camp after dropping off Little Ledbetter at band camp this morning. Coach Kyle Hockman's McEachern High Indians were sharp. Sixteen teams were on hand. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

need to wear contacts during the game lead him to decide that LASIK was the perfect solution.

“I’ve worn contacts ever since I was in high school and they never really fit right,” said Biermann. “Several of my teammates have undergone LASIK with Dr. (Jonathan) Woolfson, and they couldn’t say enough good things about him, the procedure, and how great their vision is since they had it. I decided now was the perfect time for me to capture those advantages for my own game.”

Biermann will join Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, middle linebacker Curtis Lofton and fullback Ovie Mughelli as spokespersons for the company and will appear in their upcoming advertising and marketing campaign.

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36 comments Add your comment

Yoda

June 29th, 2010
8:03 am

Now we know why Roddy White wiffed on so many passes earlier in his career. Yikes!!!!!!!

F-105 Thunderchief

June 29th, 2010
8:06 am

She wouldn’t have to ask me twice for anything. Ms. Lynn could interview me, at length, over and over again.

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Barnacle Bill Bavasi

June 29th, 2010
8:15 am

“I’ve worn contacts ever since I was in high school and they never really fit right,” said Biermann. “Several of my teammates have undergone LASIK with Dr. (Jonathan) Woolfson, and they couldn’t say enough good things about him, the procedure, and how great their vision is since they had it. I decided now was the perfect time for me to capture those advantages for my own game.”

I’m glad you said he was going to be a spokesperson, because there’s no way that wasn’t written by an advertising agency. And, they got it placed in the AJC for free.

SeenThisB4

June 29th, 2010
8:16 am

How does a college student intern, all of sudden get credentialed as a member of the media? That’s like saying Sean Weatherspoon is an NFL veteran.

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Rikus

June 29th, 2010
8:58 am

Who cares about credentials, she’s cute!

BKJ

June 29th, 2010
9:04 am

Good Stuff. I have high hopes that this is Biermann’s year to become a real force on the line. Also, I always liked Griffith but I don’t think he was right for our offense after Mora/Knapp left. Can’t wait to see what Weatherspoon brings to the line. Hoping he can really show up in preseason and take one of the OLB positions.

April O'Neal

June 29th, 2010
9:20 am

Chauncey Davis is doing such a great work in the community. He is hosting fitness camps and giving back more than any other Falcons player. All the parents in his fitness camp thank him for his work and dedication. http://www.chaunceydavisfoundation.org

Jay

June 29th, 2010
10:03 am

stand up the media. Suh doesn’t need the media. the media is irrelevant and need the players to make a name. Suh definitely has his priorities in order. After his contract that he signed he has no need to talk to anyone except his coaches.

Why would he take her seriously when she begged for two minutes? She was trying to pimp him to enhance her career. Suh ain’t dumb.

“That used to be against the rules. Rookies are not allowed to stand up the media. I hope the veterans in Detroit get that kid turned around.”

After a comment like this you wonder why Suh avoids leaches like you? :)

SeenThisB4

June 29th, 2010
8:16 am
How does a college student intern, all of sudden get credentialed as a member of the media? That’s like saying Sean Weatherspoon is an NFL veteran.

——
dude when you have a magic box you can accomplish anything if you know how to use it.

froggy

June 29th, 2010
10:29 am

Barnacle: Yeah, it’s a direct lift from the Wolfson news release and that’s obviously a canned quote — a PR person’s dream…

Tom Davis

June 29th, 2010
10:54 am

What does this have to do with football? If I wanted gossip, I would watch TMZ.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2010
11:05 am

Barnacle and Froggy — I can do that in the blog. Won’t see the light of day in print. It’s Biermann shedding some light on his situation.

April — Thanks for sharing. We are award and have written about Chauncey’s extensive work in the community. I really like the first person story we did with him about the issue of bullying.

Jay
– The media is working for your fans. GET WITH THE PROGRAM. If they don’t talk to the media, they are turning up their noises at the fans. You want these guys to talk to the media. Your note is so misguided!!!!

Tom Davis
— What is TMZ? Sounds like a disease.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2010
11:07 am

BTW – HAPPY 66TH BIRTHDAY TO FALCONS GREAT CLAUDE HUMPHREY!!!

FalconFan1

June 29th, 2010
11:49 am

Yoda
Now we know why Roddy White wiffed on so many passes earlier in his career. Yikes!!!!!!!

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(start of sarcasm)Yeah, it didn’t have anything to do with who was throwing him the passes(end of sarcasm)…lol.

Row3

June 29th, 2010
11:55 am

Claude Humphrey is and will always be THE MAN! Happy Birthday to the SACK MACHINE!

keeping it Real

June 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

Ryan has no heart all punk. he need a 55gal. drum of man up. 20 yard pass if he can . watch when he get hit how he punk out!!

TXDawg

June 29th, 2010
12:34 pm

Ditto Thunderchief!!

Section 108

June 29th, 2010
12:36 pm

DLed, please do an exclusive on Taco Mac Insider Britton Lynn, mainly pictures of her in thongs please!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2010
12:41 pm

Section 108 — Come on now. She’s a young broadcaster, trying to work as a professional for a living.

TXDawg

June 29th, 2010
12:45 pm

lol….Section 108 wants the Erin Andrews edition. One things for sure, she would probably be able to get more than two mintues of interview time if she was in thongs.

JB FALCON

June 29th, 2010
12:47 pm

DOL, I read your material daily and welcome any tidbits of falconry you may have dug up. I also enjoy reading most of the comments and opinions. I can’t figure out why someone would even be reading anything written here if all they had to offer was sarcasm and garbage. They claim it makes the blog more interesting but if you can’t add something other than garbage and smart a– remarks, they should get a life elsewhere.

SKYROCK

June 29th, 2010
1:22 pm

Can we play some football already!!!! Damn!!! Is it me or does this football season feel like its never going to get here.?!! GO FALCONS!!

Buford Pusser

June 29th, 2010
1:27 pm

Claude Humphrey was the greatest pass rusher the Falcons ever had. Those of you too young have no idea what you missed. He and John Zook were quarterback-nightmare bookends.

Thanks for mentioning his birthday DOL. Happy B-day Claude, and thanks for the memories!

JMar

June 29th, 2010
1:30 pm

I hope Biermann didn’t use Brian McCann’s doctor…

BKJ

June 29th, 2010
2:11 pm

Didn’t know I shared my birthday with Claude Humphrey. pretty sweet.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2010
2:19 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2010
2:22 pm

Danny — BYE, BYE my friend!

Mitch Evans

June 29th, 2010
2:45 pm

Not surprised re: the Justin Griffith note. During my 4 years covering the Falcons (and D-Led, I know you’ll agree) he always had the best disposition of anyone in their locker room. A class human being and wonderful person who you felt good rooting for.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 29th, 2010
3:14 pm

Mitch — Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, Justin was always great to the media. Just a good human being!!!

yo mama

June 29th, 2010
3:29 pm

its cool to see the mceachern stadium. i loved beating them in football and soccer over there. My high school, had their number back in the 80’s. Anyone from McEachern remember Bruce Lee’s 44 yard field goal as time expired as Douglas County beat the Indians. I remember we beat Walton Raiders there when they were tops in AAAA football. I kicked a field goal, that iced it Douglas Co 17-Walton 7. Good times at that stadium.

Ross

June 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

I hope Spoons is a lot meaner on the field than off it! He’s too nice.

-drl

TmanATL

June 29th, 2010
4:59 pm

Just watched Spoon’s two reports from the rookie camp. The guy is very impressive. I hope he can take the Falcons to new heights on defense. He certainly relates to the camera very well.

b lynn

June 29th, 2010
6:17 pm

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