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Falcons Paying Tribute to Fallen Heroes

Posted Nov 23, 2016

Sunday is the Falcons' Salute to Service game, and the organization will take it a step further this Sunday with a unique program dedicated to honoring fallen heroes

Military appreciation is heavily ingrained in the Falcons’ culture.

As the NFL dedicates the month of November to veterans and active duty members through the annual Salute to Service campaign, the organization will take it a step further this Sunday with a unique program dedicated to honoring fallen heroes.

Every player on the Falcons’ roster has been paired with a fallen hero and his or her respective family based off common interests and traits. Players will wear a special decal with the initials of the fallen hero on their helmets.

To strengthen the connection between the players and these families, the Falcons will be delivering special tributes throughout the week.

The Falcons will be hosting the families of these fallen heroes at the team’s walk-through on Saturday. Furthering their commitment to the military, the organization has also provided flag football equipment to each of the military bases in Georgia.

Additionally, the Falcons have collected video messages from soldiers stationed throughout the world that will be played on the video boards in the Georgia Dome for those attending Sunday’s game.


Falcons Honoring Fallen Heroes

Service BranchName and Rank of HeroPlayer Honoring Fallen Hero
Air Force MAJ Jeffrey "OZ" Ausborn OLB Courtney Upshaw
Army PFC Barrett Austin CB Robert Alford
Army CPL Jonathan Ayers S Ricardo Allen
Army PFC Stephen Bicknell CB C.J. Goodwin
Army SSG Andre Booker LB Paul Worrilow
Navy - Veteran ET1 Justin Braunschweiger C Alex Mack
Army SSG Byron Brown S Sharrod Neasman
Army SPC Shannon Chihuahua T Carter Bykowski
Army SPC Eric Christian CB Desmond Trufant
Marine Corps CPL Matthew Conley WR Mohamed Sanu
Army PFC Monterrious Daniel OLB Vic Beasley, Jr.
Army PVT Ashley Dawson WR Nick Williams
Army National Guard SGT Philip A Dodson, Jr. TE D.J. Tialavea
Air Force CPT Cartize Durham CB Deji Olatoye
Army SSG Ronald Eure RB Jhurell Pressley
Army SFC Omar Forde OLB De'Vondre Campbell
Marine Corps CAPT Matthew Freeman P Matt Bosher
Army SGT Sheneika Freeman G Chris Chester
Army National Guard SSG Alex French, IV DE Adrian Clayborn
Army SGT Freeman Gardner G Blake Muir
Army SSG Frank Gasper T Tom Compton
Army SPC Steven Ray Givens WR J.D. McKissic
Army SPC Dakotah Gooding DT Jonathan Babineaux
Air Force A1C Michael Hill G Ben Garland
Army CSM James Hubbard CB Jalen Collins
Army SSG Darren Hubbell, Sr. S Keanu Neal
Army PFC Gifford E. Hurt RB Devonta Freeman
Navy MA1 DJ Jaikaran G Wes Schweitzer
Army PFC Kalin Johnson FB Patrick DiMarco
Navy CMDR Christopher Kalafut TE Austin Hooper
Marine Corps GYSGT Aaron Kenefick K Matt Bryant
Army SPC Ryan King OLB Brooks Reed
Army SGT Seth Kirkland TE Joshua Perkins
Army CPT Sara Knutson Cullen P Matt Wile
Army SFC William "Kelly" Lacey QB Matt Schaub
Army SGT David LaDart TE Levine Toilolo
Marine Corps SGT Jonathan W. Lambert LB Deion Jones
Army SGT Gene Lamie T Jake Matthews
Army SPC Christopher Lewis DT Ra'Shede Hageman
Army COL Chipper Lewis T Ryan Schraeder
Marine Corps LCP Corey Little LB Philip Wheeler
Army SGT Demetrion McCarthy S Brian Poole
Army SSG Gemayel McCollum RB Terron Ward
Army COL David McCracken G Andy Levitre
Army SSG Raynard McKinnon WR Eric Weems
Marine Corps LCPL Omoro Mitchell WR Julio Jones
Air Force SRA Jason Dorian Nathan WR Justin Hardy
Army SPC Christopher Patton LS Josh Harris
Army SSG Christopher Popham S Robenson Therezie
Army CPT Kwesi Ato Ramsey DE Tyson Jackson
Army SGT Randell Rusnak DE Cliff Matthews
Army SFC Randal Stone, Jr. WR Aldrick Robinson
Marine Corps LCPL Steven G. Sutton WR Taylor Gabriel
Air Force TSGT Daniel Swaney LB LaRoy Reynolds
Army MAJ Paul Syverson TE Jacob Tamme
Marine Corps CPL John Tanner QB Matt Ryan
Air Force SRA Jessica S. Tarver S Kemal Ishmael
Army SGT Christopher Taylor DT Grady Jarrett
Navy LT Daniel Wade LB Josh Keyes
Marine Corps LCPL Jeffrey Walker DT Joe Vellano
Army SFC Kevin A. Williams QB Matt Simms
Marine Corps CPL Anthony Williams DE Dwight Freeney
Army CPL Dustin Woods RB Tevin Coleman

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