Former CFL standout shines for Falcons


Dee Alford went to high school in Griffin, Georgia and is a former CFL standout doing his best to make the Falcons’ final 53-man roster. He collected eight tackles and had one very impressive interception during Friday’s preseason opener against the Lions.

Alford played most of the game against Detroit, totaling 46 defensive snaps. The undrafted corner out of Tusculum allowed five catches on nine targets for 33 yards and even called his shot before the exhibition matchup in a conversation with A.J. Terrell.

“I told him I thought I was going to get my hands on the ball,” Alford said. “He gave me even more confidence in that conversation, saying that I was good enough to go do it. He told me to do my job and have fun with the opportunity. That’s what I did.”

Alford is battling for one of the reserve spots behind Terrell and Casey Hayward but continues to make plays. His stock is rising… fast. In the Falcons’ open practice at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Monday, Alford impressed once again, intercepting a Marcus Mariota pass.

“I’m a playmaker,” Alford said. “I played basketball all my life. So I see ball, I get ball. I just try to high point it. I want to be the first one to get my hands on it. That’s what I do every time I step on the field. I try to find ways to impact the game and help out my team.”

Coming from the CFL, Alford has a tough road ahead to make the final roster, but if he continues to make plays, it’ll be impossible for the Falcons front office to cut him.

“I have to keep showing up every single day,” Alford said. “I want to make play every single day and prove that I can be an asset to the team.”

Photographer: Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire

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