The new public enemy #1
This weekend former Atlanta Falcons player Curtis Lofton made the decision to sign with the rival New Orleans Saints. The Falcons had made up their mind that Curtis wasn't part of their future plans when they opted to sign former pro bowler Lofa Tatupu.
Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times Picayune has an article up on Lofton and there is a very interesting quote from Lofton...
"I wanted to go to a team that, No. 1, had a chance to win a Super Bowl, HAD TRUE FANS, a great defensive coordinator. Then once the Saints called, I was like, 'Wow,'" Lofton said. "When I took my visit there, I loved it. I knew I was going there. I didn't need to visit anywhere else. I told my agent that."
The Falcons fired the first shot when they made the decision to go a different direction from Curtis Lofton at the middle linebacker position. Lofton has now fired back at the fans that have supported him and many that were bewildered and angry to see him go. I would wish the best of luck to Mr Lofton but he just gave me and you a big F-YOU as he left town.
UPDATE: D Orlando Ledbetter posted a Q&A that he did with Curtis Lofton this evening. In that Q&A Lofton back-tracked on his previous harsh words that he had for the Atlanta fans (guess he was sick of getting bombed on Twitter).
Here is what he had to say:
Yeah, I did an interview with someone from New Orleans and they said what do you look forward to? I said I look forward to playing on a team that has a chance to win a Super Bowl and that has truly great fans. I guess all of the Atlanta fans took it as me taking a dig at them. It’s been crazy. You can see all of the crap on my twitter timeline. But, hey, that’s part of the game I guess.
You can read the entire Q&A here.
It really sickens me that these "OVER-PAID" Athletes want EVEN MO' MONEY! Do they even remember "WHY" they play the Game (operative word being Game). For the love of the game. Another thing Curtis...I have heard "THERE IS NO 'I' IN TEAM". Subsequently learned as my son was in T-ball seventeen (17) yrs ago. perpetually repeated, after all they are children, their brain not fully developed yet. The same was true as he moved to the 6-8 yr group. Let me ADD the parents footed the entire bills for uniforms. No BIG endorsement deals. Again with the 9-10 yr group, parents wallets were tapped again for 4-day football camps with the local University B-Team. It was an Exciting Time for the boys to be mentored by older guys with competitive field strategies. On to 11-12 yr old bunch...here & now is when the "me, me, me" is in Full Force with the Machismo Factor. Gets bad when your teammates treat you worst than the opponent. .OFF to Middle-School (Jr. High in my day) for two years 13 & 14 yrs old...hello Dermatologist . At least they supply & wash the uniform. Then by the time his High School Team has LOST all but one (1) game...he QUITS in his Junior Year! HUH? SAY What? After twelve (12) years of chauffeuring you Back & Forth... Wait - STOP & Think. There is no mandate to challenge your decision. Your brain has developed (BY NOW) so it's your decision. Just don't do it on Page 6.
Who cares. At least when we play the saints now we will know to throw loftons way. TONY IS GOING TO GO NUTTZ ON LOFTON. Wait LOFTON may like this since of sexual preference lolol
@GritsBlitzBlog happy Lofton is there. Poor coverage LBs that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.
@GritsBlitzBlog do u think he was going to say he didn't want to leave ATL and he's not happy bout getting paid? He gotta say that shit
@GritsBlitzBlog Take this FWIW - I'm a #Bucs fan/season ticketholder. NOTHING is worse than Saints fans. NOTHING. EVER.
@GritsBlitzBlog @SportsBlogRT @BlogsUnite guess he can pay for books, but he can't buy CLASS!! He had me fooled, but he shows true colors
@GritsBlitzBlog @sportsblogrt @blogsunite No way bro, by "TRUE" fans, he meant "IDIOT" fans. Saints got you beat there.
@Greg Huseth I won't be surprised to see some youtube videos of burning 50 jerseys. Bad enough you go to the rival team, but to do this on the way out? Low class move.