While some may not want to re-live the pain, Atlanta Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell watches the team’s Super Bowl loss every week
Not everyone has the same approach to getting over heartache. Many would want to pretend whatever caused their pain never happened, but some may simply accept it and vow to be better moving forward. Others seem to like torture, like Atlanta Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell.
The 2016 fourth-round pick has a unique approach to getting past the pain of the team’s Super Bowl 51 loss — he re-watches the game every week. Why would he do this? Campbell says picking the game apart will help him recover and get better.
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"“That’s how you recover quickly,” Campbell says, “when you face it. When you sit there hiding from it… NFL Network ain’t hiding from it!” — Campbell said via Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report"
Atlanta has spent the entire offseason acting like a team that feels cheated. The good thing is they know they weren’t cheated by another team or the officials, but rather by themselves. Campbell for one, isn’t letting himself off easily either.
After leading 28-3 in the fourth quarter, Atlanta just simply ran out of gas on defense. They were relying heavily on rookies in that game like Campbell and fellow linebacker Deion Jones. They also had some second year players defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and edge rusher Vic Beasley, Jr. playing key roles. In the end that youth was no match for the veteran forces on the New England Patriots.
If there is a silver lining though, this team is now battle-tested and out for revenge. There’s no reason to think Atlanta won’t be back fighting for a title again soon, and Campbell will be ready this time, because we know he won’t want to re-watch another Super Bowl loss week-after-week.