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Falcons’ Star Guard Continues to Excel Following His Mother’s Death


Chris Lindstrom #63 of the Atlanta Falcons spikes the ball after a touchdown by Lee Smith.

Atlanta Falcons right guard Chris Lindstrom has been playing with a heavy weight on his shoulders ever since joining the NFL as a rookie in 2019 when his mother, Dawn, was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer.

And ahead of the Falcons’ Week 16 matchup against the Detroit Lions, Dawn’s battle with cancer came to an end as she passed away on Tuesday, December 21.

Chris addressed the loss of his mother following the Falcons’ 20-16 win over the Lions, in which he played a key role in.

“It’s been crazy but I’m very grateful to play for an organization and for Mr. Blank and coach Smith and coach Quinn,” he said during the Falcons’ post-game press conference. “I was able to be with her the last couple of weeks and I was there with her Tuesday when she passed with my whole family. And just very, very grateful to be a part of an organization where I was able to go home and have those moments with her. [I’m] just really, really appreciative and my whole family is to this organization and all of the outreach we have received from the people of Atlanta.”

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Lindstrom Has Yet to Allow a Single Sack

While Matt Ryan was sacked three times against the Lions, Lindstrom was not the one to blame.

The third-year guard, who has allowed zero sacks this season, was Pro Football Focus’s highest-graded offensive lineman in Week 16, earning a 92.5.

Even though what has been going on behind the scenes, Lindstrom has been bringing his all every single week. And it seems that’s what his mother, who has been there since day 1, would have expected from her son.

“She took me to my first day of football,” Lindstrom said of his mom last season, via the Atlanta Falcons’ official website. “She actually tried to get me dressed my first day of football; I wore thigh pads where my knee pads were supposed to be. She’s that type of mom – every single practice, every single game. … She’s extremely outgoing, extremely friendly, but then also tough as nails, too. She’s kicked my butt more than once.”

Former Falcons Center Alex Mack Had High Hopes for Lindstrom

Lindstrom, a former Boston College guard, was the top offensive lineman to come out of the 2019 class when the Falcons drafted him at No. 14 overall.

Unfortunately, Lindstrom’s rookie year wasn’t what the team expected due to an injury cutting it short. But, he came back healthy again the following season ready to prove himself and one prestigious player made it clear that he believed in Lindstrom and his capabilities.

Atlanta’s former six-time Pro Bowl center, Alex Mack said Lindstrom had the skills to be “as good as he wants to be.”

“Chris is going to be a really good player,” Mack said of Lindstrom’s return via D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I know he works very hard and he’s mentally tied into things. He has pretty good vision on the field.

“Those things are going to take you a really long way. You add that with his physical ability for how quick and strong that he is, he could be as good as he wants to be. He’s got the work ethic to take him there.”

Lindstrom may or may not have taken his former teammates’ words to heart, but he finished his second season as a Falcon playing 1122 snaps, allowing 4 sacks with 1 penalty and a 77.1 overall PFF grade. And now he’s on track to an even better ending this year as the Falcons’ only reliable offensive lineman.


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