Cox played three seasons in Kansas City with Jovan Belcher, blocked him every day in practice. Cox’s wife, Dana, even traveled to Kansas City to visit his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and the couple’s new baby this fall.
Two weeks later, Belcher shot and killed Perkins before driving to the Chiefs’ training facility and killing himself.
“It’s still kind of unbelievable to me,” Cox said.
“I think football has been a good release, you can just focus on football and being in a routine and the real world disappears. You focus on football and doing your job.”
And, this weekend, that job will be blocking well enough to try and push Atlanta to its second Super Bowl.
The good and the bad of the last few months will blend together into a final goal.
“It’s the epitome of what you’re going for,” he said. “It’s every football player’s dream.