David Futcher never lost faith that his Atlanta Falcons would win Sunday’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. Even with the Falcons down one after blowing a 20-point lead with a half-minute to go.
Though the Falcons pulled out the victory with a late field goal, the 41-year-old Kelso mayor and Georgia native still plans on donating the $900 he bet on Atlanta.
The money will go to a Rotary charity campaign combating polio.
“I’m going to make the contribution anyway,” Futcher said, noting that the money goes to a great cause. “I’m going to pony up my part.”
He challenged his fellow Rotary members, offering to put up $100 for each member willing to throw money on the game. Nine members took him up on his offer.
Futcher’s wager raised $1,800. The cash also puts The Rotary Foundation over $7,000 for this fundraising year that ends this June. Futcher said the first six months of this year has already topped the organization’s efforts from last year.
“I’m just excited we were able to raise $1,800,” he said.
The long-time Falcons fan said he was more nervous after his team won than at any point during the game.
“I was in a room with about 100 Seahawks fans,” Futcher said about watching the game at the Kelso Theater Pub. “I saw the finish, and hit the door. ... It was a thrilling game no matter who you were cheering for.”
Futcher’s Falcons will go on to play the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. The mayor said he’s confident his team will be able to pull out another win.
“It’ll be a tough game,” he said. “But we’re at home.”