Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford changed all the momentum in Super Bowl 51. With the Patriots driving down the field, looking to cut Atlanta’s lead in half, Alford read Brady in the pocket and intercepted a pass over the middle. He never stopped sprinting after catching the interception, going 82 yards into the end zone and putting Atlanta, the underdog in the game, firmly ahead 21-0 late in the first half.
Alford was drafted in the second round by the Falcons out of Southeastern Louisiana. In the NFL, Alford saw his playing time steadily increase. In 2014, he started 10 games and had 36 tackles to go along with 3 interceptions. His season ended December 14, 2014 that year, as he was placed on injured reserve.
Alford rebounded from the injury and started 15 games, totaling 50 tackles with 2 interceptions. One of the interceptions was a 59-yard touchdown return. Because of the solid outputs, Alford signed a four year, $38 million contract with the Facons on December 8, 2016. He will be under contract with the franchise until 2020.
In the 2016 season, Alford had career numbers. He registered 50 tackles during the regular season and had 2 interceptions, with another pick-6.