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Falcons star Grady Jarrett shares fun teen camp story [WATCH]

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The Atlanta Falcons started Tuesday, June 14 with all of the scheduled starters, including defenseman Grady Jarrett, in the presence of mandatory minicamp.

Local media were also in attendance and had the opportunity to meet with the Falcons’ star defenseman.

Jarrett, who was holding a youth camp over the weekend, shared a funny story about how he had to drop out of camp because the kids were getting tired. They were also not happy with the black shirts Jarrett gave them and would have preferred white ones in the Georgia heat.

Jarrett’s camp was free, and at least 300 children attended, according to Rockdale High School.

But Jarrett didn’t stop at a free soccer camp.

In honor of Father’s Day, the veteran defense attorney selected 10 fathers and their sons from youth camp and surprised them with a $3,000 shopping spree at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Saturday afternoon, according to WTOC 11.

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The Falcons had a lot of decisions to make this offseason, and Jarrett was on the priority list.

Despite a difficult salary cap situation, Jarrett was able to secure a three-year extension worth up to $51 million with $34.5 million in guarantees. The 29-year-old is now “stuck” in Atlanta until the 2025 season, but he couldn’t be happier, calling it a “dream come true.”

“But to get the extension this time, especially with the new regime, to have a new coach and a new GM basically telling me they believe in me, means the world,” Jarrett said during the NFL Good morning football of the network Last month. “I’m from the Atlanta area and continuing to live my dream and play in my hometown means the world to me.”

Jarrett has spent his entire career in Atlanta since the Falcons picked him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

As a rookie, Jarrett caught action in 15 games and finished the season with 24 tackles, four tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and a sack.

The following year, Jarrett played all 16 games, starting with 14. He finished the 2016 season with 48 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits and three sacks. He also played a big part in the Falcons’ Super Bowl LI journey, and Jarrett sacked Tom Brady three times to break the record for most sacks in a single Super Bowl game.

In 2017, he restarted all 16 games and recorded a career-high 55 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 13 quarterback hits and four sacks. Jarrett managed to top those numbers in 2018, finishing the season with career-highs in both sacks and forced fumbles, 6 and 3.

Ahead of the 2019 season, Atlanta placed the franchise tag on Jarrett and he signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension. That year, Jarrett recorded his best year yet with a career-high 7.5 sacks and 69 tackles, along with 11 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles. He was also invited to his first Prop Bowl and was named a second-team All-Pro. He then went on to win his second Pro Bowl in 2020 after ending the season with four more sacks and 52 tackles.

Jarrett managed just one sack last season with 59 combined tackles, 12 quarterback hits and a fumble recovery. While his sack production has declined, Jarrett remains a valuable asset to a fledgling Falcons defense.

Ahead of the 2019 season, Atlanta placed the franchise tag on Jarrett and he signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension. That year, Jarrett recorded his best year yet with a career-high 7.5 sacks and 69 tackles, along with 11 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles. He was also invited to his first Prop Bowl and was named a second-team All-Pro. He then went on to win his second Pro Bowl in 2020 after ending the season with four more sacks and 52 tackles.



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