A Falcons Super Bowl win in 2017 would be a franchise first, and in order to make it happen, Atlanta would need to beat two multi-Super Bowl champions. First the Green Bay Packers, whom they defeated in the NFC championship game, and now the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51.
The Falcons, who have been around since 1966, have only been to one Super Bowl despite 12 playoff appearances before this season. Their sixth division title and 13th postseason appearance in franchise history features arguably the best team Atlanta has ever fielded. Is this the year?
“There was one guy standing over my left shoulder and one guy over my right shoulder,” Castonzo said. “They were talking to me in each ear asking (questions) like, ‘What do you like to drink?’ I said, ‘I don’t really drink that much.’ The other guy said, ‘Nah, you drink. You smoke weed?’ I said I don’t do that. And then the other guy says, ‘What, are we talking cocaine here?’
“They kept going back and forth. It was like a comedy routine.”
Tennessee Titans right tackle Jack Conklin found himself being led down a similar road at the 2016 Combine but the No. 8 pick in last year’s draft found a way to halt it.
“Somebody asked me, ‘A shot of whiskey or a Budweiser?’” Conklin said. “I said, ‘I wouldn’t have either in here right now.’ They actually laughed so I figured that was a good one.”
But sometimes, certain questions can’t be laughed away.
At the 2006 Combine, New Orleans Saints defensive end Darryl Tapp said one team “questioned my desire to play ball because I came from a two-parent household and they didn’t think I needed to play football.”
“This was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” Tapp said.
Tapp immediately told his agent and hoped that squad wouldn’t be drafting him. Tapp felt fortunate when going in Round 2 to Seattle.