HOUSTON – While Arthur Blank concedes that nothing will be easy about winning Super Bowl LI Sunday, he also admits that his dreams of a victory parade are still on his mind.
“I’m going to be in front of that parade,” Blank told 92.9 The Game’s Rick Kamla and John Michaels Friday. “Doing a dance.”
Blank has been the public face of the Falcons for much of this week, conducting numerous television interviews in New York City and Houston. While the Falcons players and coaches prepare on the field, Blank has tried to project confidence for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.
“We’re playing against a team that’s been in seven Super Bowls, and their quarterback and coach have won four of the six they’ve played in,” Blank said. “We have nothing but respect for their organization. We will have to play our best to win, but I am fully confident we will do that.”
As part of his national media tour, Blank says he has run in to well wishers and Falcons fans in places that many would not expect to find them.
“We have Falcons fans all over,” Blank said. “We’ve got a lot of folks rooting for us in this game, and it’s very comforting to feel that.”
As was initially reported last week, Blank is sending hundreds of team employees and associates of his other businesses to Houston for the game, all on his own dime. Blank reiterated Friday that it was the right thing to do.
“One of our key values is the respect of our associates,” said Blank. “I think any of the players and coaches would tell you, it’s not just about them. It takes a team to do everything that we’ve done.”