Former UGA tight end White, Stafford and Meisner signed by Falcons

te Aron White, a football letterman graduating with a degree in management and an African-American studies minor, gives the student speech as President Michael F. Adams watches on during the 2010 Fall Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at Stegeman Coliseum on Friday, December 17, 2010. (UGA Photo)

te Aron White, a football letterman graduating with a degree in management and an African-American studies minor, gives the student speech as President Michael F. Adams watches on during the 2010 Fall Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at Stegeman Coliseum on Friday, December 17, 2010. (UGA Photo)

FLOWERY BRANCH –  The Falcons signed former Georgia tight end Aron White, wide receiver Kenny Stafford and fullback Lee Meisner to free agent contracts after completion of their rookie minicamp on Sunday.

White and Stafford announced their signings on Twitter.

“It’s official I am a member of the Atlanta Falcons and proud to be one. Just signed my rookie contract God is good #RiseUp,” tweeted Stafford, who played at Toledo and is the nephew of former NFL star Cris Carter and former NBA player and head coach Butch Carter.

White played the last two seasons in the shadow of Orson Charles at Georgia.

“I’m officially a Falcon after this weekend tryout!” White tweeted.

White finished his college career with 34 catches for 512 yards and 10 touchdowns.

 Meisner played linebacker at Colorado State-Pueblo, but tried out with the Falcons as a fullback.

The Falcons also released defensive tackle Ray Kibble from Kansas State.  

The moves left the Falcons with 88 players under contract. They still must sign third-round pick Lamar Holmes and fifth-round pick Jonathan Massaquoi to reach the 90-player limit.

In 2010, two players who received tryouts were signed to the roster in quarterback Eric Ward and cornerback Daylan Walker. Ward was cut a month later, but Walker made it to training camp before being released.



–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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May 13th, 2012
7:41 pm

Our first tryout signing…


May 13th, 2012
7:45 pm

Did they really have two slots available?

The team’s web site listed 91 players (including Carlton Powell) before Ovie was cut. His release would have made a true total of 89 players, and Aron White would now bring them back up to the 90-man limit.

Another good example of a tryout player getting signed is former Auburn safety Eric Brock, who walked on to minicamp a few years ago, got signed for camp, then made the practice squad and even earned a late promotion to the regular roster.


May 13th, 2012
7:47 pm

great pick up!!!and 2 nd

Laughing out Loud

May 13th, 2012
7:50 pm

Congratulations to Aron and the Georgia Bulldogs! Hope he can compete and win a spot with the Falcons that will lead him to success in replacing the Hall of Fame Tight End when he retires.


May 13th, 2012
7:55 pm

This will be the best move the Falcons have made in this draft and that is not homing it!

old qb

May 13th, 2012
8:03 pm

Do not be surprised if this kid makes the final roster. At Georgia qb Rogers and te Charles were a team. Whenever White got a chance he made the most of it. He’s got the size and intangibles. Also, the Falcons are paper-thin at TE if Gonzalez goes down. Palmer is steady, but unspectacular as a receiver. And behind him there’s nobody.
I say he’s got an excellent chance.


May 13th, 2012
8:15 pm

Finally! This is a start. If these idiots had a brain, they would and should sign every UGA football player they can lay their hands on!!!


May 13th, 2012
8:16 pm

When did Rogers play QB for the Bulldawgs?

Jack Jones

May 13th, 2012
9:02 pm

sports, one who calls the falcons management “idiots” must only look in the mirror to see one!


May 14th, 2012
7:44 am

sports—————-The Falcons restrain themselves from hiring those that have no self control and like to break the law, smoking pot, striking ladies and etc, they have a better chance to sign with a team that appreciates those qualities such as the Saints and Bengals


May 14th, 2012
8:06 am

Sorry, “sports”; he won’t make the team. They just signed him to fire up dawggie fans like you.


May 14th, 2012
10:23 am

Alan Falcon- Well said!!!! Falcons stays away from criminals. UGA, if they want to beat Saban and company, they do as well !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Their will be no national championship for UGA, as long as they present coaches are coaching UGA.Let me add, i am not talking about their DC. Where would they be without him?


May 14th, 2012
11:42 am

Fortunately the NFLPA prevents the players from having to experience the indignities and violations of personal liberties that players must suffer at UGA.
Only a backward-azz program in the middle of po-dunk nowhere would enforce a rule requiring testing for marijuana. If regular students don’t get tested for it, why test athletes?
Oh, because they’re on scholarship? OK, then test all scholarship students.
You wanna test them for illegal performance enhancing supplements, go right ahead, be my guest. That is actually required for anyone competing in the NCAA. But testing football players with no history of infractions for pot? It’s insulting to the players, the ir families, the school , the fans, and the game.
Keep your Sunday School crap where it belongs and maybe you want have good players walking away in droves.


May 14th, 2012
11:45 am

Great signing Aron White. He has a lot of intangibles. Hope he ends up being a great TE.

T in Chicago

May 14th, 2012
11:57 am

WOW..can’t let this go…Sport my man… you’re saying that it is not that people are doing wrong, it is that other people are catching them doing wrong. If we would only stop catching them, crime statistics would go down and we would feel we are living in a Utopian society. Have I got your logic right? It’s not taking of drugs, it’s the indignity of being tested for drugs that is the problem.


May 14th, 2012
12:12 pm

Hey, I heard that James Butler is a free agent. I think he would be a great fit for our team. Former Jacket and Giant Safety.


May 14th, 2012
12:19 pm

Yes, Chi-T, you are correct. It is a problem that UGA is testing football players for marijuana even when they have no reason to suspect that the player may have violated team rules.
Do I think it is a problem when players use drugs? Of course. Sometimes it is a problem. It is a problem when players use alcohol and get in fights in downtown Athens or drive drunk. It is a problem when players use violence in domestic situatiosn. SO sometimes it is a problem when players use alcohol and sometimes it is a problem when players use marijuana. The problem is testing players for marijuana is unnecessary. It’s just some arbitrary policy that somebody at the school came up with to create the appearance of some kind of moral high ground. But the truth is it’s garbage. It’s hypocritical and dumb. And it hurts recruiting. I honestly don’t care what your feelings about pot are. Love it, hate it, it doesn’t matter because it is currently illegal to possess it in Georgia.
Just stop treating players like criminals and treat them at least as well as you would treat the average student on campus. Experimenting with pot is part of the college experience for many many students. Some try it once, some never try it, and some become recreational users. So what? Why do you care? What’s your stake in it? DO you really have that little going on in your life that you care if a 19-year-old young man is trying pot in college? You want to make him pee in a cup? You are sick and need help.


May 14th, 2012
3:00 pm

…But Sportzfan……they tested POSITIVE….How hypocritical is that?


May 14th, 2012
3:29 pm

If you are in line to make millions of dollars… How bout this.. Dont smoke weed. Dont get into fights.. Stay out of trouble.. Period pernt blank..


May 14th, 2012
3:32 pm

And to add.. Mary Jane is still an illegal substance, no matter how much we would like for it to be legal. No matter how much it would erase the deficit over night.. Farm land in the mid west could be put to use growing hardy crops and thus creating jobs. And “coffee” shops can add something else to their menus.

Not that I have really actually looked into any of this.. I mean… Not that I care about all this.


May 14th, 2012
4:03 pm

I always liked White and fill he has some solid skills as a fast TE or slow WR! Hope he makes the roster and helps out the offense and Ryan’s issues with accuracy this season!!


May 14th, 2012
5:57 pm

Sounds like Sportz has a chip on his shoulder because he likes to partake and as such makes lame attempts to rationalize his way of thinking,

woof woof

May 14th, 2012
6:44 pm

Falcons always get the second string GA guys

woof woof

May 14th, 2012
6:45 pm

What does one do with an african-american studies degree?

woof woof

May 14th, 2012
6:46 pm

play football


May 14th, 2012
7:26 pm

Poor UGA, they must been the only school in football that their players are tested? That is hard for me to believe?? Tears Sports!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


May 15th, 2012
7:17 am

Sportzfan……….when you join any group/team you understand that you MUST adhere to the established rules of that organization. Your liberal explanation is not how the world spins! Those that don’t figure that out never advance. There only out is to point fingures at everyone else! Have we not seen enough of this behavior to be disgusted with this mind set?


May 15th, 2012
10:40 am

If it was a performance ENHANCING drug, it would be one thing. Anyone who can smoke pot and still play at the NCAA or NFL level deserves a damn medal of honor! All I ever wanted to do when I tried it was sit on the couch.

Falcon Fan

May 15th, 2012
11:08 am

I agree. “Student” is first in “Student athlete” so hold ALL STUDENTS to the same standards. Athlete’s have the advantage because their on scholarship. However damage to the school rep is not limited to student athletes. I would love to know what percentage of arrest in athens are from football players compared to the rest of the student body. Or arrest compared to other athletes. Im not condoning the behavior of some football players or any student on scholarship. All Im saying is that the punishment should be the same. Put lil Johnny’s name in the papers and on t.v., that’s majoring in engineering, science, agriculture or political science when he violates the COLLEGE rules! Trust me, keg party’s and under age drinking are not in the College do’s for students!

1 4 GT

May 15th, 2012
9:42 pm

May not be the right blog, but I can’t find one without looking at all of them. Congratulations to “Bart”!! If he had a better team around him, he would be in the NFL HOF. It might have been his records that Marino & Payton broke. Thanks for being a Falcon.


May 16th, 2012
12:53 pm

Sportzfan is obviously not a Commonsenzfan.

Jessica Roland

May 16th, 2012
2:19 pm

Congrats A WHITE! Hometown Rock Bridge pride from Columbia. Show em what you got! :)

Falcon James

May 16th, 2012
5:13 pm

The only question I would have is “Did the player know he may be tested when he signed up?”

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May 16th, 2012
9:12 pm

If yall want to see how many UGA students get picked up for doing wrong just read the red and black every day you can say what ever ya want about the testing of NCAA ath. But the bottom line is right is right and wrong is wrong there aint no middle ground there and if you think there is then your going to get in trouble these players know whats up and if they choose to make the wrong choice and risk throwing everything that they have worked so hard for away then thats the price they got to pay and we shouldnt feel sorry for them nor should we try to make up some BS arguement to try to cover up for thim. Why are the people that are not doing the wrong thing getting smashed on for the ones that chose to do the wrong thing and got in trouble for it come on. If you dont do what your not suposed to then you wont get in trouble and kudos to UGA for doing there part to keep there players honest …Go Dawgs 2012


May 16th, 2012
10:24 pm

I like Aaron White, but the reason he didn’t play alot was because he was light in the load so to speek. Does anyone really think he can block an NFL caliber DE. I do not!! Just my opinion.