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Atlanta celebrities 'rise up' for Falcons

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 2:15 AM
Actor Samuel L. Jackson celebrating during the Atlanta Falcons' NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

 

ATLANTA (AP):

The New England Patriots have the Super Bowl history and experience going for them tomorrow, but they can't compete with the Atlanta Falcons when it comes to an entourage of celebrity fans.

The Falcons have been known for having fickle fans who abandon the team when it struggles, but this season, the sidelines have been overflowing with rappers, actors and athletes from other sports .

Rapper T.I. says he's no bandwagon jumper. The lifelong Falcons fan says he remembers when Deion Sanders high-stepped into end zones, Michael Vick dashed by defenders and the "Dirty Birds" danced to the Super Bowl in 1999.

Those were some of the most memorable moments in Falcons history, but there were many more forgettable years. No matter the outcome, T.I. remained faithful.

"We're always down for the home team," T.I. said. "We've had our highs and lows. But this team is different. We are rooting for them."

Usher, Future, Jeezy and Bow Wow have been spotted cheering from the sidelines during Falcons home games this season . Rapper Gucci Mane was shown giving fans high-fives from at a playoff game in the Georgia Dome.

Ludacris performed at halftime in the Falcons' NFC divisional round win against the Seattle Seahawks then returned the following week to deliver another show in the team's final home game at the Georgia Dome in a victory against the Green Bay Packers. The rapper recently narrated a short video clipped called "A City Waits" in honour of the Falcons.

One of the most notable Falcons supporters is actor Samuel L. Jackson, who created a commercial in 2014 for the team. He recently appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" about his Super Bowl-bound squad and discussed how he tried to forewarn his team about an Aaron Rodgers trick play in warm-ups before the NFC Championship game.