Now he gets to face them in a huge game on Sunday in Glendale.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end John Abraham will line up against his former club in a big game against the Falcons at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Red Birds are 3-4 and do not want to head into the bye week with another loss. They already trail the division-leading Seahawks by three games.
The 35-year-old Abraham is a four-time Pro Bowler and enjoyed some of the best years of his long career with the Falcons. He drew high praise from his former head coach, Atlanta's Mike Smith.
“John is a very gifted athlete, a very explosive pass rusher off the edge,” Smith said via azcardinals.com. “He’s playing a lot of snaps and he’s doing a very good job. We know John well. He knows our guys. We look forward to going out and competing against him. I know he does the same.”
You can bet on it. Abraham enjoyed his finest game as a Cardinal last Thursday against Seattle when he recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles. He looked like he still has a lot of gas left in the tank.
Abraham is downplaying his reunion with his former club. Instead, he is focusing on the importance of Sunday's battle.
“We need this win. Period,” Abraham explained. “It’ll be good to see my (former) teammates, but I’ve got a job and I’ve got to do my job.”
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