Charles Barkley pulling for pal Freeney and Falcons in Super Bowl

061712:(Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post):Miami: Former NBA player and now TV personality Charles Barkley before the start of the Thunder against the Miami Heat game three of the NBA playoff at AmericanAirlines Arena Sunday in Miami.

Former NBA star and TNT analyst Charles Barkley is friends with Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney and he said he’s pulling for Atlanta in the Super Bowl. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

When the Falcons defeated Green Bay last week to win the NFC championship and advance to the Super Bowl, few were more excited than Charles Barkley. Yes, Charles Barkley.

“He was so was excited, you would have thought he was going to the Super Bowl,” Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney said.

I spoke to Barkley for a column on Freeney that will be posted Sunday on (Monday’s print edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). He and Freeney have been friends for several years and both live in the same midtown hotel — Freeney during the season, Barkley when he is in town for his TNT work.

Barkley did not make a prediction for next Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Falcons and New England, but he said, “I’m rooting for the Falcons and I’m rooting for two guys: Dwight and Julio Jones (an Alabama native). I would love to see both those guys win it.”

Asked if he just became a Falcons fan, Barkley said, “I root for the Falcons because I’m from Alabama and they’re our pro team. And I was pleasantly surprised when Dwight came to Atlanta after a year in Phoenix. I met him at Michael Jordan’s golf tournament a while back and we’ve been friends since. I just respect him as a player, but I like him a lot as a man.”

Barkley joked that he hoped to parlay his friendship with Freeney into tips on improving his conditioning.

“The thing I was hoping to utilize was, it’s amazing how well he takes care of his body, and I was hoping to use his knowledge to get myself in better shape, to be honest with you,” he said. “I just want to be walk-around skinny. He has this really convoluted, amazing, time-consuming regimen that he does to take care of his body.”

I’ll have more from Barkley in the Freeney column.

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I like Barkley! He's a colorful character and often makes sense. He has made a name for himself on the golf course as well as on the talk show scene. His golf swing is "classic".........are you waiting for the next shoe to fall? ......OK! There are horror movies that are "classics" also. He does it his way. It's more difficult to copy his swing than Spieth, Johnson, Day, or Wood's swings. Matter fact, it's probably impossible to duplicate his swing. He's a winner and I'm glad he's on the Falcon's side.


Always loved Sir Charles!!....doesn't sugar coat anything.