hawkeye Posted May 21, 2010 Share Posted May 21, 2010 FLOWERY BRANCH -- Falcons running back Jason Snelling has been pretty busy this offseason.He's done some fundraising work with the National Epilepsy Foundation and the Georgia chapter.On Friday, he was the grand marshal for the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Georgia State Summer Games at Emory's McDonough Field.All that is left for Snelling this offseason is a scaled back version of organized team activities, which start on Tuesday, and then Snelling will get some family time and a chance to squeeze in that Disney World trip with his daughter before the Falcons open training camp July 29.Because of injuries to Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, Snelling's playing time increased. He rushed for 613 yards on 142 carries (4.3 per carry) and scored four touchdowns last season. He closed out the season with a 147-yard effort against Tampa Bay, which secured the franchise's first back-to-back winning seasons.At the team's recent minicamp, Snelling talked with the Journal-Constitution about his breakthrough season and what he expects for 2010.Q: How's the offseason been going for you?A: The offseason has been great. I've been just trying to refresh my body before we get back to the grind. It's been good.Q: How enjoyable has your work been with the Epilepsy Foundation this offseason?A: It's been excellent. Year, by year I get more involved with things. I enjoy being a spokesperson for Epilepsy, and it's been a great experience for me.Q: What's been your offseason focus in the weight room?A: I'm just trying to get in tip-top shape. I've been working on the little things in my game. Really, just coming in here to do my part to help this team win and get back to the playoffs.Q: After your breakthrough season, will it be tough trying to prove that it wasn't a fluke?A: Yeah. Personally, it wasn't a fluke. I knew I had the ability to make plays. I had my opportunities and I was able to do that and help the team win games. This year I just want to try to do more and hopefully have a bigger role.Q: Other than your work with the foundation, what are some of the other things you look forward to doing?A: Spending time with the family and my daughter and being a dad. Those are the things you kind of lose during the season. I visit family. Pretty much, that's what I love, my family. Hanging with them and doing things like that.Q: What's your daughter's name? How old is she?A: Her name is Amaya. She's 3. She's actually about to have a birthday, and I'm taking her to Disney World for the first time. That's going to be a big experience.Q: What will be some of the keys for the Falcons to have a bounce-back season?A: I think we finished strong. We won three games in a row. The biggest part about that is that we had a commitment to sustainability and finishing four quarters, game by game. Putting the run together and being able to finish at the end, over the last three games, we need to build on that. We can't have a drop off. If we do that we'll be all right and have a good season this year.http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-falcons/jason-snellings-out-to-532194.html Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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