Gunshot survivor now in Falcons' brotherhood thanks to Austin Hooper
Falcons tight end Austin Hooper greets the team’s honorary captain, Kyron Greenup, prior to the New Orleans-Atlanta game in Week 3 of this season.
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ATLANTA — If he could walk, Louisiana native Kyron Greenup probably would strut into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Thursday, proudly wearing his custom-made Atlanta Falcons jersey.
If he could move his hands freely, Greenup probably would pump his fist every time the Falcons score a touchdown, especially if his new friend, tight end Austin Hooper, is the one crossing the goal line.
But Greenup can’t perform the simplest movements — not with multiple bullet fragments still lodged in the back of his head. He’s in a wheelchair and has been since 2014. That year, a dispute he had no part of, according to a police report, resulted in random shots being fired around his Reserve, Louisiana, neighborhood, an area known for gun violence.
The shot that pierced his skull altered his life.
“I’ve come from not being able to talk, not being able to move nothing at all,” Greenup said with optimism. “I had a feeding tube. I had a catheter. But it’s all eliminated now. I’m working on standing. I’m