Douglas Wants to Retire with the Falcons

Douglas Wants to Retire with the Falcons

Jay Adams

Published March 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM

The free agency period was a strange one for wide receiver Harry Douglas, who agreed to terms on a new deal with the Falcons on Tuesday night. There was so much uncertainty, and a whole lot of people around him who were looking for it.

His phone would nearly blow up from all the calls, texts and tweets he received about his future. The questions hounded him.

What are you going to do? Where are you going? What are people saying?

After a while, he didn’t want to deal with it anymore.

“I just put my phones on silent and I just was relaxing,” Douglas said in a phone interview with AtlantaFalcons.com on Wednesday afternoon. “I was doing stuff on my own, and then people who I’m really, really close to or knew stuff about it, I would talk to them about it.”

Finally on Tuesday night, Douglas could turn his phones back on and accept all the congratulations and well-wishes on his new deal with Atlanta, a place that has always been home.

Douglas grew up here. His family is here. His friends are here. His home is here. All those factors made it a no-brainer when he was going through the negotiation process.

“I grew up watching the Falcons and me signing this contract now to come back, I made up my mind,” Douglas said. “I said, ‘I wouldn’t mind retiring one day just playing for one team.’ ”

That all but settled it as the deciding factor.

Now, Douglas — who says he basically lives at the Falcons’ complex in Flowery Branch, Ga., he’s here training so much — can get past the distraction and uncertainty of free agency and focus on the season ahead and his future in his hometown.

“I feel good. It’s always a blessing to come back to the team that drafted you,” he said. “For me, it’s a blessing to be home. Atlanta’s my home and it feels like home. It’s just great to be back here.”

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