Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell prioritizes the Atlanta high school that shaped him | Florida Dispensaries

Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell prioritizes the Atlanta high school that shaped him

Nov 21, 2022

ATLANTA — He snuck in the back entrance on this Friday evening: no massive entourage, no announcement, not even a large cheer from the Westlake High School crowd. He hugged his family, who had been hanging out on the sideline before this high school football game, and then turned toward the field.

The game against Carrollton started, and Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell, decked out in a military-green hoodie with a black T-shirt underneath, green pants and camo-colored Nikes, stood by the goal line near the scoreboard and watched intently. On the field, his younger brother, Avieon, was doing exactly what A.J. had done years earlier.

When an NFL player returns to his high school, it’s usually a big deal. There’s a celebratory vibe or some sort of acknowledgement. Not for Terrell — at least not on this day — and that’s for good reason.

A.J. Terrell is always around.

“He’s such a familiar face,” Westlake athletic director Carl Green said. “So it’s a sense of normalcy for him because everybody is treating him like he probably wasn’t here. It’s not a star-struck mentality … it’s a familiarity. It’s a comfortability. It’s a situation where he feels like he’s at home.”

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