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    Ladies and gentleman, remember when I was asking for prayer for a credential test? Yeah? No? In a draft fog? Well I passed it. The California teaching credential has 3 tests for a Single, Multiple or SP ED credential: CBEST, CSET, and RICA, (CLAAD also if your credential is pre-2000). These are tacked onto your coursework. I just passed Subtest 2 of Multiple Subject CSET (Subtest 1: English lang/lit, Soc Sci; Subtest 2: Math. Science; Subtest 3: PE, human development, art history). I already passed Subtrst 1, so now I have Subtest 3 to pass. I pass the final one then I am INTERN eligible for FT salary/benefits work. Anyway, I gave you all of that laundry list because I was laid off in one district last year as a pre-Intern and had to aclamate to 2 new districts on a substitute teacher's salary while fighting 7 weeks of bronchitis and walking pneumonia this school year. This has been a real stamina trial of a year. Praising God for making it through this test. I kept pushing it off due to illness. One of my favorite Jet Li fight scenes sums up studying for this test (Best to all of you!):
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    An F bomb on national television, live television at that. I may have the vapors just thinking of it.
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    23 years ago - my husband and I drove from Fort Lauderdale where we lived at the time to Sacramento to visit our daughter and grandchildren. They were living in our house there at the time. I don't want to go into a lot of details here - but suffice it to say that my daughter had a drug problem and that there were a lot of people going in and out of that house - sleeping on the floors and in the bedrooms and our very small grandchildren were neglected at best - and in danger at worst. We tried to talk to our daughter and see if we could get her some help. She was, at the time, too far gone in the lifestyle. We cleaned the place up, cleaned the kids up and left with broken hearts. We drove all the way back to Ft Lauderdale - and I was miserable the whole trip. We pulled up to our home there - and I turned to him and said - We have to go back and get those kids. God, if something happens to one of them in that house - I couldn't live with myself. So, we called our jobs - and took another week off - rented a big van - and drove all the way back to Sacramento. We told our daughter we were taking the kids or calling Social Services to come get them - and that we would kick her out of the house (she didn't pay or have a lease or anything) - but that if she would come with us we would help her get into a program and take care of her until she got on her feet. She agreed, but when we went to pick them up - she had taken off with some guy and the kids were there alone. We packed up what they could carry in the van, piled them in and drove back to Ft Lauderdale with them, understanding that taking them across state lines could have put us both in prison - we went anyway because our love for those kids meant more than the risk of jail time. So - she did end up coming down about 6 months later - we bought her a ticket. She spent a lot of years recovering and wasn't much help with the kids during that time. We raised 8 grandchildren - who came to us ranging in age from 18 months to almost 8 years old. We got them through the baby years and we went to every school function, bought their clothes and supplies, fed and housed them, did school projects with them - homework - the whole 9 yards. We made sure they had Christmas and Birthdays and holidays they could remember. We never once spoke poorly of their mother to them - and in fact tried to nurture that relationship. I'm happy to say my daughter did find her way through those dark times and has a great job and is doing wonderfully now. Bottom line, we have a relationship with those grandchildren unlike most could understand. There is a closeness and a bond - even though they are all grown and most with families of their own today. I can tell you right now that I completely get this kid. I can not even begin to tell you some of the most amazing things my grandchildren have said or done out of gratitude and love or how much they are devoted to us. I absolutely understand the passion and the depth of intensity this young man felt for his grandmother - the only person there for him - the person who saved him from God knows what kind of life he could have endured. To lose her immediately after making a promise to her and then - to fulfill that promise! People - if you can't understand that depth of emotion or the inability to hold inside those intense feelings, then just try to show some compassion for a young man who still has some rawness to him but who is a character guy who's worked hard and relentlessly to fulfill that promise. Takk, you have a fan already - because if nothing else - I love your heart!
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    Invite me to the draft, Atlanta Falcons! I will compliment Keanu all night! "Keanu, you played so well last year, you really are a great player!" "Keanu, your lifting regimen is really working...you look great!" "Keanu, your hair is on point, who is your barber?" I can do this all weekend...
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    Can't even get mad, it's Neal's fault for knocking him stupid.
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    It's that brash in your face kindof attitude. He has that late 1980's early 1990's University of Miami attitude. The kind that will make a play and tell you about it. Fatboi,Ya boi J,KOG and college football fans know the kind of attitude I'm talking about. This is a guy you want on your team. This is the kind of player we need people. The kind of player that will hold his teammates accountable for not hustling and beating the man across from them. I'm hyped for this pick
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    Man I said the same day after the loss we were about the be badass! Ryan is a warlord!
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    I love that the entire team will participate this year, dem boys are hangry!
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    Saw a bunch of Cowboys fans talking about how disappointed some of their draft coverage was when we traded up so I went looking and they have a stream up from their war room with commentary over it. If you go to Minute 200 or 3:20 that is the lead up for us trading with SEA. The commentators seem pretty upset and around 201 the dude on the right leans over and whispers something to Jerry and you can watch him say "****" and clinch his fist. Lots of mean mugs and pencil bouncing after we make that pick. Seems pretty obvious to me our intel was good about where we needed to go to get our guy. http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2017/04/28/2017-draft-day-live-round-1
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    Our guys are working hard to be better. Respect.
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    Why would we give up Alford AND a 2nd for Richard Sherman? That honestly makes zero sense. Richard Sherman is an overrated player who appears to be much better than he is because he gets away with grabbing and holding. Robert Alford is Richard Sherman who gets all the calls that Sherman doesn't...so why swap the two and give up a 2nd round pick? Why are these boards so quick to want to break up our secondary which is a strength?
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    Because we don't need another over-the-hill RB when we have the best young RB tandem in the NFL in Free/ Teco
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    Trufant, Tamme, Spoon, Clayborn, Shelby, Ishmael, Robinson. Significant time from Julio, Campbell, Collins (suspension), Coleman. What the Falcons proved is that they now have depth. Not that they were "lucky".
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    I see some around here worried the eviscerating Super Bowl loss could spill over into a Falcon collapse this year and the Panthers fall from grace is always mentioned in same breath. I say not a chance in heII Falcons will collapse. We will instead learn and grow from it, the fabric of this team is intact. We have big time team chemistry and leadership that will not only prevent a collapse, but actually toughen us up even more. I thought there was a good chance Panthers would fall apart after their 2015 season. I actually predicted it here, and had some here quoting the Panther players saying Cams refusal to get fumble was no big deal. I said that was going to poison the heart of that team and it did. Cam Refusing to dive in and recover his fumble in the single biggest play of the Super Bowl had to be totally demoralizing to the heart of his team regardless of what they said publicly. They all saw it on film, Cam fumbling the ball in a critical game time situation and jumping back away from it in fear of getting hurt. The leader of their team Cam was clearly all about himself afte thus all layer it on the line to gtento the Super Bowl. That was just one of many selfish, self centered instances that told me that team wasn't strongly bonded and may collapse after that loss. Also, despite winning MVP Cam did not carry that 2015 team, his defense carried the team. Just look at how he played throughout the season with a few terrible games and more mediocre ones his defense bailed him out of, it can't be remotely compared to how Ryan played in 2016. The Falcons are the antithesis of the 2015 Panthers team. The heart of the Falcons team has a true leader in Matt Ryan, strong bonds between teammates and young, tenacious, hungry players. Team that are strongly bonded with true leadership within the ranks grow from these kind of hideous grueling losses as they had. Teams that have selfish me players that have a catastrophic loss like that often implode.
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    5 years. 69 mill. 42 guaranteed
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    for all those who were positive we were going OL in the first, and if not the first, then clearly our 2nd pick. Some of us tried to tell y'all that we wouldn't take one til Day 3. You were warned.
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    This offseason, many of us were going back and forth about different edge rushers we might draft with our first pick. I said we needed a starting LDE with long arms to keep offensive linemen off them on running plays, who could at least hold up against the run and be able to rush the passer more than anything. Looks like we got exactly that guy. TKOs arms are just a hair shy of 35"! TKO is already very good against the run. TKO only missed 2 tackles his last 2 years in college.......that's freaking remarkable, that's phenomenal. He's going to have some growing up to do often going against NFL caliber right tackles but he's got all the right tools to be an awesome player for us. That said, his ability to play the run so well will allow him to get a lot of playing time this season as he develops his pass rush. Another thing about Takk is he can line up anywhere on the defense. He was used all over the place in college so depending on who we face we will definitely see him moved around some. I imagine him and Beasley will even swap sides at times. if you want to be a stud defense you have to be able to stop the run on first and second downs. A capable LDE playing the strong side or LEO is a big part of this and Takk seems a perfect fit in this defense.
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    Rise Up my Falcon brethren, Jesus did over 2,000 years ago! HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES!!!
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    Easy. Josh Norman's cap hit was only $8MM the first year of his deal. We've got Tru for fairly cheap until 2019. Always lock up your own studs. Always.
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    I would say the opening loss to Tampa. The board was really ugly
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    g-dawg: Has this article been posted already? If so, I can delete... Dan Quinn Isn’t Holding Back The Falcons coach suffered greater loss last season than just an epic Super Bowl defeat (his second). And he’s used that to help him move on Silence greets Dan Quinn in the coaches’ wing at Falcons headquarters late on the night after Super Bowl LI. He knows what he must do, and he knows it will hurt. Yet he marches into his office on Feb. 6, closes the door, draws the blinds, cues up the footage, hits play and . . . begins to grieve. Again. On his office television the Patriots’ comeback unfolds in all its improbable detail. Watching this horror movie reminds Quinn of the photograph stuffed in the pocket of his khakis, the one he carried throughout Atlanta’s postseason run. Few people know about the snapshot or its significance, drawn from the other loss that defined Quinn’s second season as the Falcons’ coach. The photo is of his father, James, who died last June at 83. The obituary that ran in the Daily Record of Morris County, N.J., told of his long career as a business executive, his love for his six children, and how he played golf and traveled in retirement. What it didn’t say is that Dan Quinn owes his career to his father, who dropped young Dan off at Giants training camp on numerous summer mornings, the boy’s attention lingering not on the players but on their coach. Bill Parcells captivated Quinn with his precision, his presence and the respect he commanded. That’s partly why Quinn went into coaching, and as he ascended the ranks—from William & Mary to VMI to Hofstra, all the way to the Super Bowl sidelines—his father attended as many games as his work schedule allowed. • DAN QUINN: From William & Mary to the Super Bowl “This season, yeah, it was different,” Quinn says. “My dad has been through a lot of football with me over the years. That’s why I had the picture, to make sure he was in my pocket at the Super Bowl, watching down.” As the game unfolds in his office Quinn is flooded with pleasant memories and unpleasant ones. In the weeks that follow, he will watch his team’s epic collapse 10 times. The 25-point advantage always dwindles. His defense always tires. New England wideout Julian Edelman always grabs that ball between three defenders and myriad limbs, inches off the ground. The Patriots always win 34–28 to complete the greatest comeback in NFL championship history, almost exactly two years after they topped the Seahawks in similar fashion, erasing a double-digit deficit to win in the final seconds. Seattle’s defensive coordinator in Super Bowl XLIX? The same Dan Quinn. Despite the similarities, that first loss didn’t exactly prepare Quinn for the second, and here in his office he needs a moment after his initial review to process what he watched. This one hurts more than anything he could have expected, like something from Mortal Kombat, his heart ripped out from his chest. (Finish him! Fatality!) He needs that. He needs to hate-watch the failure from start to finish and face his feelings so that on ensuing viewings he can take a more clinical approach and examine what went wrong. He’s working toward an important distinction, getting past the defeat, not over it. He will never get over it. “The aftermath, you have to own it,” he says. Shortly thereafter, Quinn, 46, will decide to replace his defensive coordinator, Richard Smith. When his offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, takes the 49ers’ head coach job, Quinn will hire Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian. Quinn will call Sarkisian’s former boss, Nick Saban, and they will discuss how to overcome a devastating loss—like the Crimson Tide’s blown 14-point lead against Clemson in the 2017 national championship game—by looking back, but not for long. Quinn will also phone Steve Kerr, whose Warriors fumbled a 3–1 series lead against the Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals. Kerr will tell him to hold onto the pain, to find motivation within anguish. Quinn takes a vacation to Hawaii with his wife, Stacey. On the beach he doesn’t consider his career narrative, how a handful of plays in two title games mark the difference between his wearing three rings (he won one in with the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII) and his suffering two of the most crushing NFL defeats ever. Instead, he looks out across the water and thinks about two things: his dad and next season. * * * Photo: Mark Humphrey/AP Quinn’s tenure with Atlanta began barely 24 hours after he suffered his first mortifying Super Bowl loss. On Feb. 2, 2015, the day after he watched the Patriots hoist the Lombardi Trophy in Glendale, Ariz., Quinn flew to Falcons owner Arthur Blank’s Atlanta mansion, where execs had gathered for dinner. Before his arrival they implored one another to take it easy on their guest, whose team had just thrown away a championship on a last-minute interception. Still, even before the appetizers arrived, someone asked Quinn what every football fan was wondering: Why had Seattle thrown the ball on the goal line, down 28-24 with 26 seconds remaining? Without pause the coach calmly explained the thinking: three downs left, a play they liked . . . The body language, the eye contact, the honesty—immediately the Falcons knew they had their coach. “If that had been me, I would have been in bed with the blankets over my head,” says Atlanta’s CEO, Rich McKay, who was at the dinner. “Our business is set up for those that can handle failure more than those who can handle success. His answer caught us all off guard.” The dinner lasted for hours, allowing Quinn to showcase his personality. Here was the guy who sauntered onto the practice fields blasting Tupac and wearing cleats, ready to participate in drills; screamed “GATA!” (for “get after their *****”) at his defenses; who taught his players they were brothers and treated them like sons. When Tyree Allison, a defensive tackle at Hofstra in the late ’90s, suffered kidney failure during his senior year, Quinn urged him to ignore the doctors who said he might not suit up again. Allison eventually became the first of Quinn’s college players to make an NFL roster. When Allison had a son, he named him Quinn. Thinking back to the dinner, Blank says, “There wasn’t anything I didn’t like.” A former defensive linemen himself at Salisbury (Md.) State, Quinn had learned under Steve Mariucci (with the 49ers), Saban (Dolphins) and Pete Carroll (Sea-hawks). In Atlanta he immediately set out to mesh his philosophies with those of general manager Thomas Dimitroff. It was Spurs GM R.C. Buford, a friend of Dimitroff’s, who recommended that the Falcons hire Mike Forde, a high-performance consultant who previously worked with San Antonio and who was formerly the director of football operations at Chelsea, of the English Premier League. Forde ran Quinn and Dimitroff through a 150-variable evaluation that held a microscope to each department in the franchise, scrutinizing everything from what type of people they wanted to hire (driven, high-energy) to their actual football personnel needs (more speed on defense) to the makeup of those players (hyper-competitive). That assessment led to their formal “Corporate Knowledge Capture” (or shared vision), an approach that more closely resembled something you’d find at Google than in, say, Green Bay. “They both had an openness to marry their vision,” Forde says. “Most teams carry on with business as usual; most have blind spots.” • ALBERT BREER: The Shared Vision That Saved the Atlanta Falcons The Falcons peeled out to a 6–1 start in 2015, their season unfolding as if drawn up in their CKC. But then came the second-half collapse, seven losses in the final nine games, landing them outside the playoffs. After that season’s final team meeting, Quinn noticed two players exchanging cell phone numbers. It struck him that after five months together, they still needed to swap digits. That off-season Quinn read a book, Legacy, about the sustained success of New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks. He wanted to transform the culture of his franchise, and he marked up the margins with notes, drawing ideas on leadership. The book inspired Quinn to enact immediate change. He re-arranged the locker room, eliminating an inner row of lockers that divided the space, and mixed up position groups. He added a Ping-Pong table and a basketball hoop to foster interaction. He put his players through team-building exercises with Acumen, an outfit of former Navy SEALs. Quinn also asked Matt Ryan, the franchise QB drafted with the No. 3 pick in 2008, to help bring his teammates closer. Ryan organized dinners and workouts and checked in with the cornerbacks as often as he did his receivers. He became, basically, more like Quinn. “We connected on a different level,” Ryan says, “and that showed.” By training camp the coach could feel the difference from his new approaches. Borrowing a line from Martin Luther King Jr., Quinn told the Falcons he wanted to turn a neighborhood into a brotherhood. And they believed him, regardless of whether they found his latest slogan—THE HOOD, splashed across hats, for example—cheesy or profound. “I knew that part of our [makeup] needed attention,” Quinn says. “You had to force it a little bit.” The Falcons lost their 2016 opener, against the Buccaneers, then rattled off four wins. Their defense was faster, their roster was tougher and Ryan was on his way to being named MVP. The “soft souls” Dimitroff wanted excised from the roster were gone, replaced by players selected in Quinn’s image and graded weekly on his CT scale for their combination of competitiveness and toughness. Again Atlanta stumbled; after another strong start they took three losses in their next five games. Quinn made another change, taking over the defensive play-calling in Week 11, and after the switch (despite starting three rookies: free safety Keanu Neal, middle linebacker Deion Jones and nickelback Brian Poole) the unit went from 28th to 16th in yards allowed, from 29th to seventh in points. Atlanta captured the NFC’s No. 2 seed and won two home playoff games. In the conference championship, the Falcons’ young defense shut down the Packers’ habanero-hot offense. Quinn had never heard the Georgia Dome that loud. Afterward, on the field, he told Allison that he wanted one more win, for his dad, as he patted the picture in his pocket. When the team bus departed for the airport, headed to the Super Bowl in Houston, some 20,000 supporters lined the streets. Dimitroff sat in the front seat on the right side, with Quinn to his left, their beliefs optimized, their team transformed. Goosebumps dotted their arms. Fans had tears in their eyes. Almost two years after his dinner interview, Quinn could appreciate the symmetry. Same game. Same opponent. Same stakes. He vowed this time would be different. * * * Photo: Michael Zagaris/Getty Images Julian Edelman’s improbable, acrobatic catch in Super Bowl 51. Quinn’s performance consultant, Forde, sent the coach a text message before Super Bowl LI: “Leave it all out there, man.” “We will,” Quinn typed back. “Not holding s--- back.” The next four hours remain a blur, the particulars only crystallizing for Quinn with each review. After the cathartic first look in his office, he’s focusing on specific plays and schemes. At first he wonders if he perhaps played too much zone defense in the second half, but he’s fine with 30 snaps of man compared with 27 snaps of zone. He consumes Edelman’s catch from every angle, the acrobatics growing more incredible each time. He pays particular attention to one sequence with 3:56 remaining in the fourth quarter when the Falcons, leading 28–20, drove to the Patriots’ 23-yard-line and elected to throw on second down. Ryan took a sack, and a subsequent holding call pushed Atlanta out of field goal range. It’s been widely argued that the Falcons blew the Super Bowl right there, and Quinn was torched on social media, but the coach says he heard the second-down play call going in and he had no issue with it. He wanted to remain aggressive, not holding s--- back. “Throwing a pass to our best player [Julio Jones], from the league MVP,” he says, “that usually works out pretty good for us.” • EDELMAN’S CATCH: Gravity-Defying, Jaw-Dropping, History-Making Hindsight provides a painful lesson in clock management. “We still had an eight-point lead,” Quinn says. “We could have stopped them on defense. They didn’t have to get the two-point conversion.” He sighs. “The game was not won or lost on that [sequence]. That’s important to note.” When he met with his team the day after the game, Quinn peddled positives. He told his assistants that their best season, “the job of a lifetime,” was ahead of them. He scribbled the names of all his second-, third- and fourth-year players on a white board, highlighting the team’s youth and promise. He praised Ryan for his off-field growth and asked his younger players to connect with their teammates this off-season the way their quarterback did last spring. He planned another round of SEAL training, plus additional sessions of corporate optimization with Dimitroff. He even reread Legacy to scrutinize what he’d written in the margins. “To get to three [Super Bowls] in four years is crazy,” Mariucci says. “He may never get back there. You say you can, but you’re not guaranteed that. Ask Dan Marino. The next year, it starts over. [Quinn] knows that.” The Falcons return the MVP; the best athlete in pro football, Jones; and a young defense that shut down Tom Brady for three quarters. But it’s fair to wonder how Shanahan’s departure will impact the offense and what kind of Super Bowl hangover awaits. “Look at last year, with Cam Newton and the Panthers,” says Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner. “[Carolina] was the same kind of team, scoring ridiculously [in their 2015 Super Bowl run], then they reverted back to who they were before. Last season—is that who Matt Ryan is now? Or was he on some unbelievable hot streak?” Quinn, the optimist’s optimist, looked back in order to move forward. He doesn’t plan to watch the Super Bowl again. He says that Falcons fans approach him at the airport, or at dinner, and tell him that last season was the greatest year they ever had. “We’re with you,” they say. Now Quinn better understands what Carroll meant when he told his team after Super Bowl XLIX that they could be better off for losing—it all depended on how they responded. “Nothing prepares you for [the future] like what we went through,” Quinn says. “We’re going for it, man. We’re not backing off.” This, Quinn says, is what his father would have wanted: You stomach unfathomable pain and rise once more. He’s at the NFL scouting combine when he says this. Then he stands, walks into a room filled with team employees and asks the question that encompasses all that matters: “What’s next?”
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    NFLN: What the panel said about Takk pick and Falcons Mike Mayock: - TD/Pioli have drafted Vic Beasley, Jalen Collins, Grady Jarrett, Keanu Neal, Deion Jones & Devondre Campbell - and now Takkarist McKinley and they all have two things in common - Toughness & Speed. Takk is same thing. - I love his motor, I love his toughness. - You pair him with Vic Beasley in sub packages - WATCH OUT!!!! - I don't do a lot of Twitter but I put out three plays of Takk's because theg were all hustle plays. They were all trying to come off the edge, see a little shuffle pass and make a tackle 25 yards down the field. - I talked to his defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who I have known for 30 years, that he was a great kid. Daniel Jeremiah: - What is funny is TD & Pioli both come from New England, but they are building that old Colts defense. Get a lead with your offense and turn up the heat on defensive side of the ball. David Shaw(Stanford Coach): - When you watch this guy, he is one of the guys I love because you see second effort. Some speed guys give up if they don't get around the edge but Takk will re-trace and get right back off the offensive tackle - he is fun to watch and plays his heart out every single weekend. - That's what this kid is, He is all heart - he is all effort- I spoke to his coach Alonzo Carter today and he raved about what kind of kid he is, how hard he has worked to get where he is.
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    For those watching on NFL and only saw the Deion interview watch this one. He's a little more calmed down and you get to fully understand his passion. True underdog story.
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    By: Neal Coolong | 16 minutes ago The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft will likely be remembered more for a number of trades made for quarterbacks who didn’t seem to justify the assets sacrificed to acquire them. That’s unfortunate, because the post-selection activity of former UCLA linebacker Takkarist McKinley, the Falcons’ choice at No. 26 overall, stole the show. Some background first. McKinley grew up in Richmond, Calif., far from the safest city on earth, raised by his grandmother, Myrtle Collins. On her deathbed in 2011, she told McKinley to pursue his dream of playing Division I football. It was, according to McKinley’s post-draft interview, the last thing she said. McKinley didn’t know his father, and his mother left him when he was five years old. Collins would eventually adopt him. To honor her memory and provide a conclusion to an early phase of a truly remarkable journey, McKinley carried around a large picture of Collins, symbolizing her presence with him on draft night. He carried it with him from the green room, to the stage and straight through the handshake and jersey acceptance from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. McKinley was shouting the entire time and it was fantastic. It wasn’t full of chest-beating or self-praise. He was providing the kind of raw emotion fans come to love about how the game is played, and he was doing it from a place of sincerity and love. He just might have taken it a step too far, considering the size of the audience watching at home. Perhaps he shouldn’t have dropped the F-bomb, a rare pronounced bit of profanity broadcast live, something for which NFL Network’s veteran talking head apologized for quickly. But if that’s really a big deal, McKinley can run a language lap and call it a day. The message he was sending was profound. “It means everything, man … I made a promise to her,” McKinley told Deion Sanders, who appeared flustered and unsure of how to approach the ranting McKinley. “Like I said, I was going to go D-I. I was going to get out of Richmond [California]. I was going to get out of Oakland. I was going to live my dream to play in the NFL. And I’m here, man. I completed the promise. That means every (expletive) thing to me.” It was a great moment made even better as the crowd on-hand roared their appreciation of his comments. It was lessened a bit by Sanders interjecting his own unsolicited and borderline inappropriate request that McKinley “do something for” him. On its face, Sanders ruined a great moment, definitely the moment most fans who witnessed it would talk about the following day. We’ll give him a pass because McKinley probably needed to be pulled back in from his emotional plateau, but there were dozens of better ways he could have handled it. Still, McKinley’s story is wonderful, and his way of expressing that in what has to be among the biggest moments of his life made the night. Dan Quinn and the Falcons got a great player, and we’re happy we were able to see some authentic emotion to conclude an early chapter in his life. http://touchdownwire.usatoday.com/2017/04/28/takkarist-mckinley-draft-video-deion-sanders-f-bomb/
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    Doesn't matter the opponent, we're going to win. 19-0, here we come!
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    I wanted to see how fierce this kid was, and this is the most macho drill in football. You see a lot of stalemates and then Duke Reily steps up and well umm. see for yourself. Riley is at 3:00 Love the pick.
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    DE Takk DT Poe DT Jarrett DE Vic LB Jones LB Riley CB1 Trufant CB2 Collins Nickel Corner Alford FS Allen SS Neal Not to mention how deep our front four rotation will be with Clayborn, Hageman, Shelby, Reed.... We've got some ******* dogs
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    Takk just doesn't have Beasley's measurables. But man, he really looks to me like a guy who knows what it's like to have to fight and doesn't take anything for granted. I'll take that guy over all the measurables in the world. I think people assume Beasley will be good for Takk's development. I think Takk will be good for Beasley, personally.
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    LOVE the pick. Loved his tape the first time I saw it.....then for longest time, assumed he would be gone - then I think he fell due to shoulder...just want him healthy. Love this guy's passion - he won't quit and he won't let others around him quit - per Dan Quinn he was off the charts on their "CT" scale which stands for "Competitive Toughness".
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    He's got a lot of traits you don't usually see bundled together. He's small, but slow for his size. He has the size of a LB, but the 3 cone and agility of a DT. But luckily, his arms are short.
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    Based on your history you just ruined 7 guys careers.....lol
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    We actually gained $4 million for 2017 in the Trufant deal. We get another $4 million after June 1st from TJax being released. Our draft pool could be between $3-4.5 million. Depending on the players selected, you could see another cut (Reed or Clayborn) to gain some money. I actually would prefer to bring back Freeney at $1 million than Clayborn at $5 million. Plus Freeman's contract extension can easily have a low cap figure for 2017. Also, Matt Ryan has an $18 million tag this year, so if an extension occured, could easily drop that number by $1-2 million without hurting us down the road. Dont worry. Our Front Office has been great with the cap recently.
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    NFL star receives touching note from family sitting behind him on flight NewsComAu | 2017-04-23T23:29:00.000Z FINALLY, there is some good news coming out of a flight. After a brutal few weeks of overbooked flights, nightmare delays and battered passengers, this is a story we all need. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu tweeted a heartwarming note he received from a fellow passenger, who wanted to thank him for being an admirable role model to their son. “You don’t know us but we wanted to thank you,” the note read. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu tweeted the heartwarming note he received on a flight. Picture: Bob Levey/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images Ads by Kiosked “Our son sat behind you on this flight and watched you. He saw you studying your plays, watched you make healthy choices with your snacks, food and drink. “He watched how polite you were to everyone.” The 10-year-old boy and his family sat behind the NFL star on a flight to Connecticut. The boy had just made an elite hockey team and they were travelling for his training. The boy’s parents wanted to thank Sanu for being an inspiration to their athlete-in-the-making. “You are an inspiration to children and for that you should be proud,” the note said. Sanu tweeted the note with the caption, “This definitely put a smile on my face.” Sanu (left) is the wide receiver of NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons. Picture: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP It has been liked more than 10,000 times and retweeted more than 2700 times so far. Sanu’s team, the Atlanta Falcons, also weighed in on Twitter, calling Sanu a “role model both on and off the field”. News Limited Copyright © 2017. All times AEST (GMT +10).
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    No hold outs, no drama, not even signed specifically yet and they show up to work. That's why I love this team. I hope Gabe is a long term player for us, I love his play and his personality. He was a lot of fun to watch last year.
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    Yall don't see it? I-85 and 53 85 - 53 = 32 (32 + I = 33; Roman Numeral for 1, also as in I-85; SB33 is the only other SB the Falcons have ever been in) The score was 28 - 3 = 31 (32 -31 = I; Roman Numeral for 1, also as in I-85) 32 + 3 = 35 35 is the score the Patriots would have had if they were allowed to kick the extra point 35 - I (Roman Numeral for 1, also as in I-85) = 34 (The Patriots actual score) #Illuminati - There's 10 letters in illuminati. The countdown has begun /purple