Atlanta Falcons: Conversation with fullback Mike Cox

Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Cox comes off the field after cutting his nose during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars,  Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Cox comes off the field after cutting his nose during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

Each week during the season The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will conduct a question-and-answer session with a Falcons player about his off-field interests and activities. The intention is to give fans some insight into the players and a little sense of what makes them tick. This week we spoke with fullback Mike Cox.

By MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

The Falcons released Cox during training camp in favor of Lousaka Polite, but re-signed Cox last month and cut Polite. The team made the move with the hope that Cox would help a lagging running game.

Cox talked to us about his off-field interests, including his love of movies.

Q: What do you like to do away from football?

A: I like to rest [laughs]. That’s my favorite thing. But actually, this last time away from football I coached some high school football with my two younger brothers and trying to get more involved with my youth group back home [in Pennsylvania]. But I’m a big movies guy. I go to movies every week. I have quite a collection, I think, like, 300 or 400 movies.

Q: What’s your favorite movie genre?

A: I like sports movies. “Rocky” is my favorite one. He’s a Pennsylvania guy, too. I’m a sports guy, and I enjoy those [kind of] movies.

Q: “Rocky” or “Rocky II”?

A: (The first) one is my favorite. And (number) four. But the original one (is the best).

Q: You’ve got to like the training montage in “Rocky IV” right?

A: Aw, the training montage is the best! With the Russian. You can’t beat the “Rocky IV” training montage.

Q: Any movies you’ve seen lately?

A: We just saw “Lawless” on DVD. We like that. I like Tom Hardy, the guy from “Warrior” and the Batman movie (“The Dark Knight Rises”). My wife is looking forward to Christmas, my gift to her is taking her to see “Les Miserables.”

Q: So you like Rocky. What else is in your top five sports movies?

A: “The Natural” is one I can watch all the time. That’s my favorite baseball movie. I like “Hoosiers.” I’m a classics guy. I was watching that the other day; it was on, and I couldn’t turn it off. “Rudy” made me become a Notre Dame fan a little bit when I was little. You can’t go wrong with that one; it’s classic.

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14 comments Add your comment

Jacket Man

December 8th, 2012
10:34 am

Mike, Mike, Mike…Rudy? How could you? Don’t you know Notre Dame was playing GA Tech when Rudy finally got on the field and they were running up the score on us so he could get in the game? I was there that day and trust me, the Irish fans weren’t very “pleasant” (as they usually aren’t to Jackets, especially after the team beat them in Atlanta without throwing a pass – the next year they were beating GA Tech by something like 62 – 7 with 5 minutes left in the game, and they still had their starters in while we had our subs in; The Irish drove down and threw a long play-action TD to continue to rub our noses in it; Tech did score a late TD to make it 69-14 I think). But Rudy???? Please, anything but that…

Esquire

December 8th, 2012
11:06 am

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

Esquire

December 8th, 2012
11:20 am

@Jacket Man
December 8th, 2012
10:34 am

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Your post is somewhat confusing. Cox went to Ga Tech and likes the movie “Rudy”. What’s the big deal……?

The final score was ND 24 – GT 3.

The actual “Rudy” play:

http://tinyurl.com/24l5wvf

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Esquie

December 8th, 2012
3:39 pm

I see the blog is real empty today. Where is everybody? I guess I’ll just play with myself till everybody else gets here. It’s Saturday anyway, and besides it’s what I like to do.

Esquire

December 8th, 2012
6:07 pm

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

I LOVE THAT NAME, MIKE COX! EMMMM!

Esquire

December 8th, 2012
6:19 pm

Esquie
December 8th, 2012
3:39 pm

I see the blog is real empty today. Where is everybody? I guess I’ll just play with myself till everybody else gets here. It’s Saturday anyway, and besides it’s what I like to do.

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At least spell it right dip $hit……………….lol!!!

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

Seriously, don’t ya’ll love how Scene has abandoned his taunts and is focusing all his hatred on ESQUIRE!! That is special. Somebody’s really ticking him off.

Mikey

December 8th, 2012
7:42 pm

It’s nice to have Mike Cox back. He has been pancaking linebackers and I don’t think he has missed a pass has he? Michael Turner seems to run well with a solid lead blocker… who doesn’t?

Esquire

December 8th, 2012
10:58 pm

5-6-7-8
Everywhere we goooO,
Everywhere we goooO,
People wanna knooOw,
People wanna knooOw,
Who we aaa are,
Who we aaa are,
So we tell theem, So we tell theem,
We are the FALCONS!! We are the FALCONS!!
MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS, MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS !!
OHH AHH OHH YEEAHH

Can’t wait till tomorrow; I’m so pumped. I don’t think I’ll be able to sleep tonight. Everybody’s welcome to drop by. We can practice our fight song guys. I promise I make good company. Anyone? Please??

RCA Records Producer

December 8th, 2012
11:05 pm

Mr. Esquire, your jingle has caught my eye Have your agent get in touch with me ASAP.

Esquire

December 8th, 2012
11:09 pm

WE ARE THE MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

Where is everyone? I need me some of Mike’s Cox! Slurp.

Falcons Rule.

December 8th, 2012
11:31 pm

LET ME BE THE FIRST TO CONGRATULATE THE 12-1 NFC SOUTH CHAMPIONS ANGRY BIRDS ON A LAUGHER OF A VICTORY OVER THE LOWLY KITTENS……..42-6……ONLY A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL WE’VE GOT OUR HANDS ON THAT LOMBARDI……..1st of many………….BOOK IT!!!!! GET OFF THE WAGON YOU DOUBTING AZZCLOWNS…..you too Michael M………Moron.

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