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Sean Weatherspoon And Kerry Meier: College Rivals, Falcons Teammates

I recently asked Falcons rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon about his experience at Missouri. Kansas receiver Kerry Meier is also a Falcons rookie this year, and Spoon had some very nice things to say about his former college rival.

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I'd been hoping to work Spoon's answers to my questions about Meier into an article on the two of them, but in light of Meier's injury, it seems best to just present his sentiments as a tribute. From one Border War veteran to another:

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Do we talk trash? Nah, not too much. Us rooks gotta stick together.

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I know he went to Kansas and that's my rival, but -- I don't know how the Missouri fans gonna feel about this quote -- but me and Kerry become pretty good friends, and I'm out there cheering him on. We're on punt team together, and we're just leaning on each other. That's what rooks gotta do.

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He's a tough guy. You look at him and you think, 'This guy might not be tough,' but he's banging around with linebackers, blocking, and making those catches like you guys saw today.

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Spoon also commented on whether his experience in the pass-wacky Big 12 helped prepare him for the NFL:

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↵↵That's what it seems like. I don't know how many running plays we saw today. That definitely brought back a lot of memories of the Big 12, going against the pass. I feel like I'm not that much of a liability back there. Once I learn these techniques and everything that's going on, I'll be a lot better, and the Big 12 background helps me out because guys sling the ball out there.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.