Atlanta’s pros have ties to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl


Oklahoma, LSU have solid presence on Atlanta’s professional teams

Trae Young is the face of the franchise for the Atlanta Hawks. He’s young, talented and one of the exciting new players in the NBA.

And he’s a huge fan of the Oklahoma Sooners.

Young couldn’t wait to tweet about his Sooners when they were selected to play in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

On selection Sunday, once Young learned Oklahoma was headed to Atlanta to play LSU, he sent out this enthusiastic message:


Young certainly hasn’t forgotten his roots. He grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, and drew national attention as a five-star recruit. It thrilled the locals when Young decided to stay home and play for the Sooners. He wound up leading the nation in scoring (27.4) and assists (8.7) and was named National Freshman of the Year.

Young decided to turn professional after one season and was a first-round choice, ending up with the Atlanta Hawks. He was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie team and became one of the most exciting young players in the league.

To Young’s chagrin, he will not be able to attend the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Hawks are playing in Chicago on the day of the game.

Atlanta’s professional teams also have an LSU representation. The Atlanta Falcons roster includes a pair of Tigers – linebacker Deion Jones and wide receiver Russell Gage.

Jones, one of the team’s defensive leaders, proudly retweeted several posts, one that congratulated Joe Burrow on winning the Heisman Trophy and another that bragged about the 10 LSU alums who are in the NFL.

Gage is so proud of his bayou roots that the cover photo of his Twitter page features him stretched out to catch a pass … in his LSU uniform.

The Atlanta Braves don’t have any active Oklahoma or LSU players on their roster, but radio play-by-play man Joe Simpson played for the Sooners before embarking on a his major league career. Former Brave and current Fox Sports South broadcaster Paul Byrd attended LSU and was part of the 1991 team that won the College World Series.







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