Forget fantasy: Austin Hooper wants to deal with those who keep it real
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By Vaughn McClureESPN Staff Writer

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coming off a career-high, nine-catch performance in last week's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper received plenty of praise from coach Dan Quinn, as well as from his teammates.

It's fair to wonder if Hooper will build off that performance moving forward, particularly with guys such as Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and even Mohamed Sanu drawing added attention from the defense.

Hooper welcomes any talk about increased expectations. What he's not cool with is anything related to fantasy football implications.

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"My real friends don't talk about fantasy football," the California native said. "It will be like more the people in the street who I don't know. That's how I'll tell if I'm really friends with somebody or not.

"Those who don't know me that well always try to give me a hard time and be like, `You'll be quiet, and then you'll go off for one game.' I can't control that. I can just catch what's thrown to...



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