MEET THE ROOKIES: RB Philip Sylvester

Philip Sylvester while at Florida A&M.

Philip Sylvester while at Florida A&M.

FLOWERY BRANCH –  Early in training camp, Falcons coach Mike Smith singled out the speedy running back Philip Sylvester for praise.

The former Florida A&M Rattler was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the lockout was lifted. Here’s bio from FAMU.  He sings in the choir at his church so I know the veterans had a good time during his performance.

(I promised one of regular commenters, Marcus, that I’d catch up with Sylvester.)

So here’s are Q&A with him:

Q: How’s camp been going for you?

A: It’s been going good. I’m just trying to learn from the vets like [Jason] Snelling and Michael Turner. It’s been a real good experience.

Q: How did you end up at Florida A&M?

A: They were one of the school’s that recruited me. They had my major. It was a good choice to say in-state, too.

Q: What was your major?

A: Civil Engineering. I have 20 more credits to graduate.

Q: What other teams were interested in you after the draft?

A: The Dolphins, the Titans and a few more teams that I can’t recall.

Q: What has camp been like for you thus far?

A: It’s been a big adjustment to get acclimated to the NFL speed. The different play calls, checks, hots and learning all of the protections.

Q: What was it like playing in the Mid-Eastern Atheltic Conference?

A: [Eric] Weems from Bethune-Cookman and [Rafael] Bush from South Carolina State are here. It feels good to come from an HBCU and be able to make it to an NFL training camp.

Q: What’s your goal?

A: I’m just approaching it on day at a time. Like when you are walking up the stairs, take it one step at a time.

Q: What do you like to do outside of football?

A: Hang with my friends. With my major, I’m usually studying a lot.

Q: What’s on your Ipod?

A: Some Maxwell. Some Trin-i-tee 5:7 . I listen to everything; country, rock, rap. My playlist is pretty broad.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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16 comments Add your comment


August 22nd, 2011
10:18 pm

Hope the Rattler can strike for a few TDs in the return game and make the team….


August 22nd, 2011
10:19 pm

true … man, just missed out on a double-first LOL


August 22nd, 2011
10:20 pm


August 22nd, 2011
10:20 pm

It does not matter where you went to school contrary to the thought that permeates these AJC blogs… Just compete and have the desire to win…


August 22nd, 2011
10:22 pm

Good looking out, DOL. #thumbsup#

He most certainly passes the “Falcon Filter”, but so far, not sure if he has shown enough to avoid the chopping block, esp. since he hasn’t cracked the KR or PR depth chart.


August 22nd, 2011
10:44 pm



August 22nd, 2011
11:11 pm

I commend the young man for his desire in not only wanting to pursue his NFL dream, at which I hope he succeeds, and getting his CE degree. I wish Philip the best of luck with both goals.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2011
11:23 pm

Marcus — No problem. He’s a good kid. I was impressed. Didn’t asked him how many yards he ran for against the Bison.

PaulieOldSchool — That is very nice of you.


August 23rd, 2011
12:49 am

Ah yes! Give them bread and circuses!


August 23rd, 2011
7:40 am

Philip is an outstanding young man and would be an asset to the Atlanta Falcons Football team. He has very strong work ethics and character traits. I watched Philip play throughout his college career and I can tell you that this young man has great acceleration, speed and strength. As a college senior, he benched pressed 225lbs a total of 21 reps. Good luck Philip. Hope they let you play against the Steelers so that you can contribute to the team and show what you can do.

The Voice of Reason

August 23rd, 2011
9:23 am

Go Philip and GO RATTLERS!!! Falcons too, of course…


August 23rd, 2011
12:15 pm

Seems like he has good character, always nice when a young man well-spoken and goal oriented. Best of luck to him.


August 23rd, 2011
4:40 pm

After two preseason games, all we’ve seen of him is one fake handoff at the end of the Dolphins game. Hopefully the coaching staff will give him some opportunities to touch the ball this weekend against the Steelers. If JPW can get him a swing pass in the backfield, he might make the highlight reels with his speed.

I watched him as much as I could during training camp. At this point, I don’t think there will be a roster spot available for him this season. On the bright side, he has a solid chance at making the practice squad.


August 24th, 2011
9:57 am

Thanks for the info D Led!
I can truly say that players coming from lesser known conferences(HBCU’s) Are usually hungry. Hopefully this kid will get the opportunity to play and show something if not maybe a year in the practice squad my help for next season. Go Rattler’s

SC Ace

August 24th, 2011
11:15 am

Seems like a good guy. Odd decision to choose to sign with the team that drafted Jacquizz Rogers and has an all-pro returner. Hope he can stick on Practice Squad to back up those guys.


August 25th, 2011
9:45 pm

The guy is gonna make it. I had the privilege of going to school with him, hes a hard working person and he will make it into the league.