There will be millions of eyes watching the TV as the Falcons try to take down Tom Brady and the Patriots. Among the many in the viewing audience, a number are famous die-hard Falcons supporters.
Here are the most notable Falcons fans:
Samuel L. Jackson
The 68-year-old actor was born in Washington D.C. and attended Morehouse College in Atlanta. During his time in Atlanta, Jackson was molded into a Falcons fan before moving to New York City following graduation.
As Jackson revealed in an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” he once worked for the organization selling hot dogs, burgers and fries. He told Kimmel that he used to work at the stadium working in concession and admitted that he is a “hater” of the Patriots.
Jackson has been seen at many Falcons games, including the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers on January 21. He’s also acted in a promotional video with the Falcons for their “Rise Up” slogan.
Jackson will of course be cheering on Atlanta when it looks to win its first Super Bowl ever.
The former president was born in Plains, Georgia, about 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta. Instinctively, he supported the home team early on and it’s stayed that way for good.
Carter is also an Atlanta Braves baseball fan and has been seen at games in the stadium. The 92-year-old former president will surely be cheering on his home team when Atlanta plays New England for the Super Bowl on February 5.
Singer/entertainer Usher is one of the Falcons’ most famous and avid fans. He spoke at a Falcons pep rally leading up to Super Bowl 51 against the Patriots.
Usher told the crowd that as a kid, he asked for the Falcons to make it to the Super Bowl. He posted evidence shortly after the speech.
Usher was one of many famous fans on Atlanta’s sidelines in their NFC Championship victory over the Packers.
The R&B legend will most likely be in Houston for the Super Bowl and is anxiously awaiting the result.
Ludacris has been a known Atlanta supporter throughout his 18 years in hip hop. He was born in Illinois, but his family moved to Atlanta when he was 9-years old and he often raps about the city in his songs.
He wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter on February 2 where he talked about his fandom and thoughts leading up to the game against the Patriots. He said in the column, “I look forward to beating the Patriots’ ass!”
We are the underdogs, definitely. I’ve built a career off of being the underdog, and I love that everyone is kind of discounting us and underestimating our power. That’s what’s going to be the best about being at the Super Bowl, is proving everyone wrong and seeing that look on all the Patriots fans’ faces.
He will likely be in attendance at NRG Stadium in Houston for the big game.
The legendary professional boxer won all the times he fought in Atlanta and is notably a Falcons fan. He said that he’s been a Falcons fan for virtually his whole life, starting when he was 4-years old.
Holyfield, a five-time champion, said in an interview that it will be bittersweet to see the Georgia Dome eliminated in favor of a new stadium because of the “great memories” it provided. He added that the Falcons have “come a long way” in finding continued success.
In 2015, Falcons coach Dan Quinn posted a picture with Holyfield at a practice.
Holyfield’s dream of seeing the Falcons in the Super Bowl again has come true, and he will be cheering on Atlanta as they look to win their first-ever Lombardi Trophy.