A Night to Remember
On November 14, Jarrett visited Atlanta Mission: Shepherd's Inn for the second-straight year to provide and help serve dinner to the men at the shelter.
During the dinner, Jarrett learned of some special news that was later announced to his team the next day...
Big Men Don't Bully
During his rookie season, Jarrett started, "Big Men Don't Bully" - an anti-bullying campaign that educates youth about the harmful effects of bullying. In 2016, Jarrett received the opportunity to speak to elected leaders at the State House of Representatives at the Georgia State Capital to advocate the campaign's anti-bullying efforts.
"It was cool to be able to speak to the leaders of the state of Georgia. The message is to just love each other. Be that light in a dark place. Have some random acts of kindness. Treat others the way you want to be treated, because at the end of the day, everybody just wants to feel loved." - Grady Jarrett
Recently he has partnered with the Atlanta Police Department Foundation's, At Promise Center, and the Police/Teen Mentoring Program at the Thomasville Heights Boys & Girls Club to speak to youth about the importance of anti-bullying and to encourage those who are either victims of bullying or have witnessed it, to speak up.
A Team Effort
In part of the NFL's recent expansion to its social justice platform, Jarrett helped implement a Social Justice Committee within the Atlanta Falcons. The committee, which includes other players from the Falcons, focuses on developing initiatives and strategies with the goal of getting the team more involved within the city of Atlanta. Throughout numerous discussions, Jarrett has put a focus on the importance of spending more time with the local youth of Atlanta.
"Besides the aspect of just playing football - which I love to do and I excel at it - I also want to be known as somebody who has used their platform to make somebody's life better." - Grady Jarrett
Not only is Jarrett a leader in the Falcons' off the field projects, but he has an influential voice in the locker room. In addition to his involvement in Social Justice initiatives, Jarrett serves as a "Chief" for the Falcons - a position that is selected by his teammates and coaches that is considered to be an official leader of the team.
All About the Youth
In addition to his "Big Men Don't Bully" campaign, Jarrett has taken part in the league-wide character-building program, Character Playbook - a digital learning experience that uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years.
Over the last two years Jarrett has donated 20 season tickets to organizations that help support character-based programs for youth in Georgia.
Took One Visit To Become A Tradition
In 2017, Jarrett visited Atlanta Mission: Shepherd's Center to help prepare and serve a Thanksgiving meal to the men at the shelter. That one visit sparked a tradition as Jarrett returned to the shelter just a few weeks ago for the second-straight year to spend an early Thanksgiving with the men, bringing along his mom Elisha and a few more Atlanta Falcons representatives.
“Giving back is very important, especially in this holiday season. We wanted to make it a special experience for the men involved so they had a lot of fun. It was good to be able to provide them with good spirits and good vibes, they really had a great time.” - Grady Jarrett
Not just an influence off the field...
"We all see how hard he plays and the strain that he puts in behind the scenes. Grady puts in a lot of work. He's one of the hardest workers that we have and that I've been around." - Head Coach Dan Quinn
Jarrett has developed into a leader in the locker room throughout his four-year career with the Falcons - leading him to play 57 games (42 starts) while recording 164 tackles (87 solo) and 27 tackles for a loss, 12.0 sacks for a loss of 80.0 yards, 34 quarterback hits and a career-high two forced fumbles, which both occurred in Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.
During his second season in the NFL, he tied a league record with three sacks in Super Bowl LI against the New England Patriots.