The Atlanta Falcons are hiring former Florida State Seminoles ballboy Frankie Grizzle-Malgrat as an equipment intern for this year's training camp. Grizzle-Malgrat, known to his fans as "Red Lightning," tweeted about his role with the Falcons this week.
The Atlanta Falcons are hiring former Florida State Seminoles ballboy Frankie Grizzle-Malgrat.
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According to ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the Falcons will hire Grizzle-Malgrat, known as "Red Lightning" to college football fans, as an equipment intern for this year's training camp.
Among Grizzle-Malgrat's duties are "setting up the field before practice and folding towels," per McClure.
Prior to the Falcons' hire, the 21-year-old Grizzle-Magat had been with the Seminoles for six months after transferring from Tallahassee Community College, per ESPN's David M. Hale.
Hale describes Grizzle-Malgrat as "part Internet meme, part sports icon, part social construct -- an average guy living every football fan's dream."
Grizzle-Malgrat also served as a guest bartender for Florida State Seminoles head football coach Jimbo Fisher's charity event earlier this year. Fisher's wife, Candi, normally orders a Madras from the red-haired bartender, per Hale.
One of Grizzle-Malgrat's specialties is his famous "Red Lightning" shot, per ESPN.
"Everybody is his friend," Candi Fisher told Hale. "He's just got so much personality."
Hale says Grizzle-Malgrat contacted Florida State equipment operations manager Darin Kearns to inquire about a potential job with the Seminoles. On his first day of fall camp, he drove 650 miies from his Key West, Fl. residence, per ESPN.
"This is all I ever wanted to do, and it so happened to be Florida State, my favorite football team," Grizzle-Magrat told Hale. "I couldn't ask for it to be any better."
His work ethic earned him rave reviews from the Seminoles. It wasn't uncommon for him to report for work at 6 a.m. even on his days off. Hale says there would even be occasions he'd stay past midnight.
Grizzle-Malgrat was able to build a camaraderie with the likes of former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston in the process, per ESPN.
It was when Florida State Seminoles fan Jake Brashears compiled photos of the team's highlights with Grizzle-Malgrat in the background and then posted a video collage on YouTube after a win over their in-state rivals, the Florida Gators, the red-haired 21-year-old became an overnight sensation, per Hale.
In the ensuing weeks, he met long-time broadcaster Brent Musburger, posed for photos with women at nightclubs and even got the attention of other motorists at intersections, per ESPN.
Grizzle-Malrgrat's fame rose back home in Key West. Hale says he was mobbed by people asking for a photo with him at his family's church.
His mother, Kim, even has a national championship banner from Pepsi in her sandwich shop which reads, "Home of Red Lightning," per ESPN.
Grizzle-Malgrat discussed his overnight fame with Hale last year:
"I never thought just me doing my job would be something out of the ordinary for other people. Now over a million people have seen me hustle, seen the passion I have toward everything, especially sports. I guess that's what made it big."
Hale also noted Grizzle-Malgrat had planned on shaving his famous red beard before spring break.
McClure says Grizzle-Malgrat will be reunited with former Seminoles running back Devonta Freeman, who is entering his second year with the Falcons.
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