Jake Matthews of the Atlanta Falcons is among those celebrating the Houston Astros' first World Series championship.
The offensive tackle grew up in the Houston area cheering for the Killer B's and still has a bat signed by Jeff Bagwell.
After chasing a title for 55 years, the Astros finally made it to the top of the baseball world Wednesday night with a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of a thrilling World Series.
On Thursday, Falcons coach Dan Quinn showed highlights of the game before a team meeting, giving Matthews a chance to revel in the moment.
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"I've been keeping up with the Series and the whole playoff run," Matthews said. "It's good to see 'em win one."
Matthews hopes the Astros' success will wear off on the Falcons, who are in their 52nd season and still seeking their first Siuper Bowl title.
Last season, the Falcons infamously squnadered a 25-point lead in the title game and lost in overtime to the New England Patriots.
"You can definitely take something from it," Matthews said of Houston's title. "We've got an opportunity to do it, too. We've got to follow what they did."
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