Tonight marked another edition of Thursday Night Football on NFL Network which this week features the struggling Atlanta Falcons and the surging New Orleans Saints. But in the endless pregame coverage on NFL Network, actor Samuel L. Jackson dropped by to hang out with Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Rich Eisen to talk about his love of the Atlanta Falcons.
One of the topics that Jackson led with was that he didn’t particularly agree with the New Orleans saints getting a very beneficial personal foul flag on the San Francisco 49ers last week. When asked if he thought his Falcons had a chance of winning and if they’ve underwhelmed him this year, Jackson took a jab at the NFL and the Saints.
“We’ve got to hope that all of the Saints luck was used up on that last flag last week,” Jackson said to the NFL Network crew, before laughing the comment off and redirecting his thoughts to how terrible the Falcons have been this season. “I’ve been disappointed in the Falcons aspect of it.”
The flag he was referring to was called on Ahmad Brooks of the San Francisco 49ers who hit Saints quarterback Drew Brees so hard it made his neck look like it was popping off his body like and an old Acme cartoon. The hit has divided commentators and fans like Jackson who think the hit was clean and didn’t deserve a penalty.
But Jackson was there to rep his Falcons, as bad as they may be this year. Jackson mentioned that he would have liked to play defensive back had he played in the NFL and the Falcons aren’t far away from begging him to help shore up their defense.