[Former Falcons' DE Patrick] Kerney looks back on his time in Atlanta and sees a group of guys that were dominant when they were on. He was part of a group on the defensive line that he described as extremely tight, coached by Bill Johnson, Atlanta’s defensive line coach from 2001-06, someone Kerney credits as having a huge impact on his life.
And now, even from his home in [Connecticut] , he still "definitely" follows the Falcons.
”I take a lot of pride in their success,” he said. “It’s fun to see them as a perennial contender now. With the stadium coming, they’re getting better and better. They have as much talent as anyone in the league and they’re fun to watch.”
Although he spent the majority of his career in Atlanta, his three years in Seattle were important to his career, as well. His second Pro Bowl bid came in ’07 with the Seahawks and the allegiances to both teams presented some problems this past season in the playoffs when the Falcons met the Seahawks in the playoffs, but it was all in good fun and his loyalty to Atlanta and the Falcons remains as strong as ever.
“It was very difficult for me when the Falcons were playing the Seahawks last year in the playoffs,” Kerney said. “Everybody and their brother was texting and asking me who I was cheering for and all I ever said was ‘Go Birds.’ ”