Will any former Atlanta Falcons be playing in Super Bowl LVII?
Breaking news: The Atlanta Falcons will not be playing in the Super Bowl this year as it is kind of hard to make the Super Bowl if you can’t even make the playoffs. This season marked the fifth-straight season where the Falcons missed the playoffs—only three teams have a longer drought (Jets, Broncos, & Lions).
Enough of that, while the Falcons may not take the field today, do they at least have a former player who will be participating in Super Bowl LVII?
The Atlanta Falcons don’t even have a former player on the Eagles or Chiefs for Super Bowl LVII
Answer: No, the Atlanta Falcons will not have a former player participating in Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.
The player that was closest to playing in the final game of the 2022-2023 NFL season was Bryan Edwards, the wide receiver who they traded for last offseason and had high hopes for. He ended up making no impact so they released him in late November. He was subsequently picked up by the Chiefs four days later and placed on their practice squad but was released on January 4th.
The closest connection the Falcons will have in the Super Bowl comes from the Eagles coaching staff. Jonathan Gannon, Philadelphia’s defensive coordinator, was with the Dirty Birds way back in 2007. It was his first job in the NFL as he came from Louisville as a graduate assistant. And guess who brought him to Atlanta… Yup! That’s right, Bobby Petrino!
Gannon went on to become a scout for the Rams, then spent time with the Titans, Vikings, and Colts before following Nick Sirianni to Philly to become their new defensive coordinator. He reportedly interviewed for the head coaching vacancies with the Broncos, Cardinals, and Texans but has said stated he will not be leaving the Eagles.
Anyways, if you were hoping to have a former Falcons player sway you to root for one team or the other, then you are out of luck.
It seems like the only way the Falcons will be mentioned during the game is if Fox’s broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olson can somehow find a way to reference ’28-3′ which seemingly happens every February. Hey, at least one of their quarterback made an appearance as a special guest yesterday on NFL Network yesterday!