Deion Jones has done the impossible, turning a family of diehard New Orleans Saints fans into fervent Atlanta Falcons supporters.
His own family.
Jones, a rookie starting linebacker out of LSU, turned his family into a New Orleans anomaly as Falcons fanatics, as detailed Friday by Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune.
His parents, Tahonas and Cal, live in the Algiers neighborhood and have turned “the family home” into a shrine for their children. Deion’s accolades take up much of the wall space.
“After the draft, because he’s thinking about, ‘Man, I’ve got to live in New Orleans,’ after the draft we were all-in and everybody else was all-in,” Cal told The Times-Picayune in the story. “I’m not sure who said it, but it’s ‘Debo Birds.’ Everybody bought in. Everybody loves him. So whatever he’s doing, he’s going to have 100 percent support.”
The group had a pre-Super Bowl party on Tuesday before heading to Houston for the festivities around the game. Holder described the food and drink fare to be similar to what others around the world will be enjoying during Sunday’s broadcast.
Jones is named for former Falcons star Deion Sanders and nicknamed “DeBo” as an homage to Sanders and Bo Jackson. He had a fantastic rookie season for the NFC champion after being selected a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Among the highlights of his rookie season include:
He has 108 tackles and 3 interceptions this season, including the 2 touchdowns.
The touchdown against his family’s (formerly) beloved Saints drew particular interest in “the family home.”
Jones was a big Ray Lewis fan when the linebacker won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. He cheered like crazy when his Saints won Super Bowl 44.
But it was predicted in Algiers this week that he’ll be a Super Bowl champion himself on Sunday night.
“Oh, they gonna win. Ya heard?” his uncle Lucian Miller said in the story. “His dad might not tell you, but he’s going to pick him off and bring it back to the house. Tom Brady …
“What did I tell y’all when he was coming here? I told them he was going to pick Drew Brees off and take it to the house. And what he did? He did it.”