“If I can’t get to know our players; learn about their passions, their histories, their families, and their hopes; and help them in any way that I can, there wouldn’t be a reason for me to own a team.”. In fact, many called his relationship with Vick too close especially after Vick was injured and images of Blank pushing him in a wheelchair around on the sidelines circulated the internet. Falcons gonna Falcon. “I never thought I’d get caught,” Vick ignorantly told Blank. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Dallas Cowboys and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. Also, follow the Heavy on Falcons Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors, and content! “How many times are the Falcons going to blow a big lead?” pic.twitter.com/8RevMiZyHZ, — NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) September 20, 2020, The pain for the #Falcons is real, man. How’d that go? The Falcons … Falcons Owner Arthur Blank Shares First Reaction to Mike Vick’s Arrest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via E-mail More share options Share ... 2001 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons… After Atlanta lost Vick to the dog incident, Matt Ryan was drafted and filled the void quite nicely. And 84 touchdowns, 46 interceptions, and 21 all-purpose touchdowns per year. I’ve written this or a similar article several times, and Atlanta never learns. Blank believed him and gave him the benefit of the doubt. 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So, let’s take a peek at the best, worst and downright savage reactions to Atlanta’s new look: The Good: How they have fans remaining boggles my mind, but we respect that southern perseverance. Atlanta Falcons DT Grady Jarrett (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images), After the Atlanta Falcons blew a 20-point lead to lose to the Dallas Cowboys, Twitter took their best shots. THE ATLANTA FALCONS HAD A 99.9% CHANCE TO WIN & STILL LOST#DallasCowboys #NFL pic.twitter.com/XttDayxZZj, — Dallas Nation (@Dallas__Nation) September 20, 2020, — Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) September 20, 2020, The Atlanta Falcons with a gigantic lead: pic.twitter.com/Sa2y9oeVAu, — TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) September 20, 2020, Hey Siri: Did the Falcons preserve a lead to win in Week 2? Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank remembers his first reaction to Vick’s horrible crime in a new autobiography/business philosophy manual called “Good Company.”. Blank spent many years and a lot of money invention on Vick. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. The Falcons went to a Super Bowl under Quinn in 2016, then had a nice 10-5 season in 2017, but have since been the definition of NFL mediocrity. In 2001, Michael Vick was selected first in the 2001 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Of course, 28-3 will live on in the minds of NFL fans forever, but as far as regular season football goes, it’s hard to remember a more iconic Falcons moment than Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Oh, how wrong I was. pic.twitter.com/9IFs1JftOO, — Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) September 20, 2020. Matt LaFleur's team went into the Week 5 bye at 4-0 after beating the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons by a combined 51 points during the first four weeks. Getty In 2002, Blank bought the Atlanta Falcons just a year after Vick’s rookie season. “I believed him to be a man of his word.”. When Blank came on board in 2002 Vick threw for 2,936 yards, his best year yet. Detroit has lost 11 straight games, its most since losing 19 in a row from 2007-09, including the first-ever 0-16 season in league history. Blank watched the city of Atlanta transform and Vick nearly take over the league with his speed and natural athleticism. The Atlanta Falcons blew a 20-point lead to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2, and the reaction on Twitter was hilarious as usual. I wish the Falcons more luck in their attempt to jump back on the right side of NFL history. Not great! Of all teams, why did it have to be the Cowboys? We all know Twitter can be an emotional place, and as usual, nobody agrees on anything. The only response is to keep chugging forward, which is exactly what the Detroit Lions tried to do this week after D’Andre Swift dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears in Week 1. The Lions become the first team in NFL history to lose 4 straight games in which they had a double-digit lead, according to @EliasSports. pic.twitter.com/8vnaf0vD4R, — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 20, 2020. “For me, ‘Put People First’ means treating people as people,” Blank writes via Yahoo Sports. This site is neither endorsed, nor sponsored by, nor affiliated with Atlanta Falcons or NFL Properties LLC. Your privacy is safe with us. “I knew Michael — or at least, I thought I did,” Blank writes. When the story first broke, Blank, asked Vick if the allegations were true. He made history by becoming the first African-American quarterback to be taken with the top pick. Blank thought the world of Vick until he heard the incident reports on Vick’s dogfighting business on his property in Virginia called Bad Newz Kennels. “I wasn’t ready to turn my back on him, however disturbing his actions were to me,” Blank writes. As much as I love watching the Cowboys lose, what’s the point? pic.twitter.com/zkPE2GoD60, — John Hendrix (@JohnJHendrix) September 20, 2020, Falcons on the onside kick pic.twitter.com/HBsnRTzhz1, — RIP Kobe (@ChampCentraI) September 20, 2020. Blank had just one question for Vick: “Why?”. Vick single handily changed the city of Atlanta. Many years later, Falcons owner Arthur Blank shares details of the day he learned about Mike Vick's dogfighting operation. Former Falcons HC thanks the fans and city for the past six seasons: 'I know there are great things ahead for this team' Jenna Ciccotelli. Falcons fans whenever their team gets a lead… pic.twitter.com/VWTbxxgoFe, — NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) September 20, 2020, How you feelin' @stephenasmith? Atlanta Falcons Quinn Writes Letter to Atlanta . Powered by. Something about Atlanta sports leads to the best social media moments. Despite his horrible mistake, Vick was fun to watch. In a state of shock and delirium, social media always does some of its best work. He also had a total of 3,363 rushing yards between that time period as well. Blank also shared how he mentored Vick on being a father and starting a foundation, and believed he and Vick had a relationship that went beyond work. Yahoo Sports writer Jeff Hartsell got ahold of a copy before the release date, which is next week, and shared the details. pic.twitter.com/VCpZsI6mIl, — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 20, 2020. The Atlanta Falcons should not be allowed to tweet. The love that ATL showed him was like today’s Kobe Bryant and the love that the city of Los Angeles showed. In his 13-year career, Vick threw for a total of 22,464 yards and had 133 touchdowns. The Atlanta Falcons revealed their new uniforms on Wednesday, and, as always, many fans took to Twitter to express their opinions on the new threads. Atlanta Falcons is a registered trademark of the Atlanta Falcons LLC. Blank had not a care in the world for what the critics had to say. Blank learned that the reports were true, and more when he returned from his vacation. The pain never goes away, and it’s always in favor of the worst of NFL fanbases. And with an opportunity to bounce back against the Atlanta Falcons … From 2002 to 2006, Vick averaged a total of 2,534 passing yards per season. After two years of suspension, Vick eventually returned to the NFL where he spent time in Pittsburgh with the Steelers as well as the Eagles and a brief stint with the New York Jets. “I believe in redemption and second chances, and I wanted to give him the opportunity to show that he had learned from his terrible mistakes.”, READ NEXT: Falcons Waive Former XFL, Lions TE, Falcons Owner Arthur Blank Shares First Reaction to Mike Vick’s Arrest, Copyright © 2020 Heavy, Inc. All rights reserved.