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Atlanta Falcon honored by city council

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An Atlanta Falcons player will be honored by the Atlanta City Council next week for his work off the field.

Monday, June 20, will be proclaimed "Jonathan Babineaux Day." Council members decided to give the star defensive tackle their highest honor based on his extensive charity work.

Since being drafted by the Falcons in 2005, a spokesperson for Babineaux says he has spent countless hours off the field doing community service, and tacked problems of truancy in Atlanta Public Schools. He's also donated more than $50,000 worth of home game tickets. Some of those tickets went to deaf and blind children, to give them their first NFL game experience.

Babineaux's spokesperson says he also works with his brother and fellow NFL player, Seattle Seahawks' Jordan Babineaux to raise funds for lupus research.

The ceremony to proclaim June 20 as "Jonathan Babineaux Day" will be held at Atlanta City Council Chambers at Atlanta City Hall on Trinity Avenue on Monday at 1 PM.

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