William Moore has a reputation as a ferocious hitter on the football field. He's intense, almost frighteningly so. It's one of the reasons the Atlanta Falcons picked him in the second round of April's NFL draft. But off the field, Moore says he's "just the average guy you see at the grocery store." Moore, who's battling second-year safety Thomas DeCoud to replace departed starter Lawyer Milloy, spoke with Times sports editor Brent Holloway after a recent team workout about the best halftime speech he never heard, his past and possible future in music, and his ...
Peria Jerry, the Atlanta Falcons' first-round pick in April's draft, almost never played a down of football despite coming from a family that has put two cousins in the NFL and numerous others on Division-I football scholarships. Just a few years later he's expected to compete for a starting job with the Falcons this fall. Jerry spoke with Times sports editor Brent Holloway recently about what finally convinced him to play and stick with football, how he spends his free time in North Mississippi, and how he's recovering from a minor knee sprain.
FLOWERY BRANCH - While reporters scurried from Roddy White to Mike Smith to Matt Ryan with questions about the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Michael Turner sauntered off the practice field almost unnoticed.
It was a rare occasion on a football field for Turner, who quickly caught and kept the attention of opposing defenses in 2008.