• Officer Matt Cooper serves as Falcons honorary captain against Eagles

    By: Courtney Martinez

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    ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons honored a Georgia police officer who was shot in the line of duty Sunday night.

    A suspect shot Covington police Officer Matt Cooper in the head when he responded to a shoplifting call on Labor Day last year. 

    The Falcons named Cooper an honorary captain for their home opener against the Eagles and the officer stood at the 50-yard line for the coin toss. 

    Cooper must have been good luck for the Falcons. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones connected on a game-winning touchdown in the final minutes. 

    Being an honorary captain wasn't the only big event for Cooper this weekend. The officer also competed in his department's annual "Fuzz Run."

    Cooper showed how far he has come since the shooting and crossed the finish in the 1-mile and 5K Run. 

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