After a heartbreaking loss to the NY Jets last night, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez issued a challenge to his teammates that’s good for fans too:

“This puts us in a deep hole. A deep, deep hole. It’s going to be tough to dig ourselves out of it,” Gonzalez said. “That’s what we have. We’re 1-4. What are we going to do? Are we going to sit here and feel sorry for ourselves? I’m not going to throw my hands up and say, ‘Season’s over.’  We’ve still got a lot of football left to play, and I’m going to believe and I expect my teammates to believe. #RiseUp

After coming so close to the Super Bowl last season, the Atlanta Falcons were the favorite coming in to this season, yet they’ve proven to be a disappointment. Their current 1-4 record leaves a sour taste in the mouths of fans and a city which is still at odds over building a new stadium. Some fans want it. Others don’t. Having a winning team certainly helps.

After a loss like this, it can be easy to feel disgusted and hopeless, but Tony Gonzalez, who says this is his last year as a professional NFL player, has words of wisdom for his teammates.

Falcons fans listen up. Then Rise Up!

Your Jersey Girlfriend, 

~Angela Davis

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