Before the offseason workout program got underway, several players, coaches and executives from the Falcons' organization took a trip to the United States Military Academy at West Point for a two-day leadership training session.
In order to continue to strengthen their leadership skills and learn new ways to connect as a team, the Falcons believed working with the group of people who epitomize teamwork was important.
"The military can teach a lot of lessons," Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said. "It starts with teamwork and communication. We're always trying to improve in those two areas. Being around them and knowing how important it is to be a part of a team, they do that better than anybody."
Alex Mack, Grady Jarrett, Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, De'Vondre Campbell, Matt Schaub, Foye Oluokun, Isaiah Oliver, Duke Riley, Russell Gage, Logan Paulsen and Steve Means were the players in attendance.
"This is known to be one of the best places to learn about leadership and to learn about working as a team," Allen said. "[We are] trying to take some stuff they implement to go out and battle [with] and implement it to our game and our team. It's cool to come out here and find it's not one way of leadership it's all different kinds of ways."
In addition to Quinn, special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica and senior assistant Bob Sutton joined from the coaching staff. The list of Falcons continued as owner and chairman Arthur Blank, Angie Blank, AMB Group CEO Steve Cannon, president and CEO Rich McKay, AMB Group SVP and CCO Brett Jewkes and director of strategic initiatives Justin Schaff also participated in the trip.
After two days at West Point, Jarrett and his teammates saw exactly why the military relies on the principles of teamwork at the core and how it can be the key to any type of success.
"Teamwork is something that is essential to the success of the Army and the military," Jarrett said. "Teamwork is essential is to our success as an organization on that field."
Here's a look at some of the best images from the trip:
Quinn, Blank and several players at West Point:
The Falcons' trip concluded with a history tour and memorial:
The trip also included a visit to the West Point cemetery:
The players and coaches spent time with players on the current Army football team:
Last month, several Atlanta Falcons players, coaches, and executive leaders spent two days fully immersed in leadership activities and development at The United States Military Academy at West Point.