Bethlehem barber for the Falcons
In an area where Eagles, Giants and Steelers fans rule the roost, Bethlehem barber Denny Roebuck, an Atlanta Falcons fan since 1966, is no doubt in the minority.
At age 9, Roebuck attended an Eagles vs. Falcons game in Philadelphia with family members who were Eagles fans. He says, “Being the person that I am, I cheered for the Falcons.” It was their inaugural season in the NFL.
Fast forward and two weeks ago he was in Atlanta as the Falcons won the National Football Conference championship trouncing the Green Bay Packers 44 to 21 to qualify for Super Bowl LI. On Sunday, they faced the perennial contender New England Patriots and lost, 34-28.
It’s only Atlanta’s second Super Bowl appearance, the last 18 years ago in Super Bowl XXIII when they were defeated by the Denver Broncos, 34-19.
Roebuck says he’s seen the Falcons play when they visit Philadelphia and New York, and he’s attended games in Atlanta, both at Fulton County Stadium and the Georgia Dome.
“For the last two weeks, I’m like a kid on Christmas morning,” says Roebuck with a twinkle in his eyes, “and I don’t know if it’s because Atlanta is in the Super Bowl or because Trump is President.”
One thing is for sure, Roebuck hopes he doesn’t have to wait another 18 years for Atlanta to play in a Super Bowl.