August 23, 2013

Hello Everyone! My name is Will McCracken and I am currently working with the Atlanta Falcons in their IT Department. I actually work at the Falcon’s Facility in Flowery Branch where all of the staff, including players and coach, work during the week. The story of how I ended up here is actually fairly interesting.

I was visiting family that lives up here in Flowery Branch one weekend and I’ve driven by the Falcon’s Camp a number of times. I always looked at the building behind the gates and thought that it would be so interesting to work in a business setting that was focused solely on sports. I just happened to look at the Falcon’s website and saw a job posting for an opening with the IT Department. ‘Perfect!’, I thought and I laughed as I filled out the application; knowing that nothing would come from it…

I soon received a call from the HR Department and went through a pretty lengthy phone interview process. The next week, I had a Skype interview with the President of Information Technology and the Technical Analyst. As it turns out, I was chosen out of over 70 people who had applied for the open position.

I should mention this small fact. I had just purchased a home in Valdosta last year and was following up on job leads around town. I definitely did not plan to leave my home anytime soon, and I definitely did not plan to move to Flowery Branch and work for the Atlanta Falcons. After a lot of talks with my family and praying, I decided that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and that I should make the most of this opportunity that was offered to me. Amazingly, I sold my house within 2 weeks of putting it up for sale, packed my things, and moved to Flowery Branch!

I will be providing updates, pictures, and behind the scenes looks throughout the season. Feel free to ask me any questions and I will do my best to answer each question!

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The Best Internship Possible!

Will McCracken

Hi! My name is Will McCracken and I’m an online student at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

Within months of starting my education at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, I was selected to receive a paid internship position within the IT Department with the Atlanta Falcons. My duties include troubleshooting computer problems, installing new hardware, upgrading electronics for the staff, players, and coaches, and creating user accounts for any new staff and players.  Instead of printing hundreds of pages for playbooks, the coaching staff relies on using iPads to distribute playbooks to the players.  I work closely with the players and coaches to make sure the playbooks sync with the iPads smoothly.

I also do a lot of work at the Georgia Dome. I am in charge of setting up the Point-of-Sale registers and making sure that they are connected to our servers. If anything goes wrong during a game, I will get an alert, and I will quickly get the register back online.

This may sound like a lot of work, but there are a ton of perks to the job. I’m in direct contact with NFL Players, Coaches, and Executives. The contacts that I have already made are invaluable and these are people that I will always keep in contact with. The equipment that I am working with is the best equipment money can buy, and the training that I am getting is priceless.

Even though I’m in Atlanta, Wiregrass has enabled me to continue my education online. So not only do I have the best internship possible, but I am also continuing my education without having to put anything on hold.