I recently saw one of my favorite Jeeps stolen, and I wasn’t mad at all. No, I was actually really happy. But, I was also really sad. Why do you ask? Because I know that the thief will learn two things. One, get away with it, and probably more. And two, never buy a Jeep.
Younghoe Koo has had a rough go of it lately with the way his Jeep has been treated. The South Korean professional soccer player has been the victim of not one but two vehicle thefts in the past few months. While he is upset that his Jeeps have been stolen, he is not in the mood to take it out on the poor thieves. According to Koo, the thieves are not the only victims.
Younghoe Koo of the Atlanta Falcons had a bad day on Sunday that many of us can relate to. The NFL athlete expected to see his black Jeep Grand Cherokee in the parking place he left it in after exiting a facility, but all he discovered was an empty space.
Koo’s Jeep was stolen, along with all he had in it. Koo is so desperate to get his hands on an item of personal property stolen from the car that he went to social media to plead with the culprits to return it.
Younghoe Koo’s Jeep was stolen, but he just wants one item back, no questions asked.
Koo posted a photo of an empty parking spot where his Jeep Grand Cherokee used to be on his Instagram account on Sunday. He wrote in the caption:
My Jeep was stolen by MFs, smh. However, could you please return my cleats?
In his tale, he continued with a direct message to the thieves:
I won’t even be angry if you bring back all of my cleats so I can kick.
Along with the Jeep, the vehicle thieves apparently stole Koo’s kicking shoes. He concluded his tale by providing his license plate number and vehicle description. “Let’s locate it lol,” he tweeted, tagging @atlscoop.
Fortunately for Koo, the Falcons’ training camp would not begin for another 10 days after the event. He’ll have plenty of time to buy new cleats after that. However, since NFL kickers are notoriously superstitious, not having his favorite kicking boots might be a problem.
Younghoe Koo is one of a number of well-known NFL players of Korean ancestry.
In 2020, Koo, who came from the Sun Belt Conference and Georgia Southern’s obscurity, reached the Pro-Bowl for the first time in his career.
He is the first Korean-born kicker to accomplish this accomplishment, although he is not the first Korean-born kicker or Pro Bowler. John Lee is the recipient of the first award. In the 1986 season, the UCLA kicker became the first Korean-born NFL player, kicking for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The best-ever and first-ever Korean-born NFL player is also the best-ever and first-ever Pro Bowler. Hines Ward was born in Seoul, South Korea, before relocating to Georgia as a youngster and playing collegiate basketball at the University of Georgia.
Ward was drafted in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played 14 seasons with the Steelers, making four Pro Bowl appearances, winning the 2005 Super Bowl MVP Award, and amassing 12,083 receiving yards, the highest in club history.
NFL veteran with nine years of experience Kyle Love is the third Korean-born player in the NFL, while Koo is the fourth. Former safety Eugene Chung and Will Demps, as well as current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, are all Korean-Americans.
Grant Halverson/Getty Images photo of Younghoe Koo
In 2020, Koo led the NFL in made field goals with 37 in 39 attempts (94.9 percent ). His career (and season) long was 54 yards. He also made 33 of 36 extra point attempts (91.7 percent ).
Based on his accomplishments last season, the Falcons gave the November 2020 NFC Special Teams Player of the Month a one-year, $660,000 contract. Atlanta expects their kicker to maintain his excellent level of performance this season, but he will have to kick more extra points.
After a 4-12 season, the Falcons dismissed coach Dan Quinn and hired Arthur Smith of Tennessee, one of the most sought-after offensive coordinators in the game. The club also parted ways with standout wide receiver Julio Jones and modified quarterback Matt Ryan’s contract to keep him in town for at least another season. Kyle Pitts, a tight end, was chosen with the No. 4 selection in the 2021 NFL draft. The receiver in a TE body is the class’s most can’t-miss prospect.
This on-the-fly, rebuild-without-rebuilding move by club owner Arthur Blank is intriguing. Only four seasons ago, the club and Ryan were in the playoffs, and the year before that, they were in the Super Bowl. If Smith is as creative as he seems to be on offense, the Falcons and Koo may be back in the playoffs this season.
That is, if Younghoe Koo can reclaim his kicking shoes.
Pro Football Reference provided all stats.
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