Pro Bowl kicker Younghoe Koo's vehicle stolen, just wants his cleats back

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Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo asked for help Sunday as he revealed his Jeep was stolen with some of his football gear inside.

Koo, who had bounced around the NFL before making the Pro Bowl in 2020, posted a photo of the vehicle missing from a parking space. He said all he wanted really was for his cleats to be brought back.

He added: "I won’t even be mad bro just bring all my cleats back so I can go kick."

Koo hadn’t given an update on his stolen vehicle since he posted the photos on his Instagram Stories.

The South Korean native started his career in 2017 with the Los Angeles Chargers. He played in four games and was 3-of-6 on field goal attempts. He was only 1-for-4 from 40 yards or more from the goalposts.

He played for the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football before signing with the New England Patriots’ practice squad during the 2019 season. He wouldn’t appear in a game again until he joined the Falcons later in the 2019 season.

He signed a one-year extension with the Falcons before the 2020 season. And in 2020, he led the NFL in made field goals (37). He was 37-for-39 and set a personal best with a 54-yard field goal.

He re-signed with the Falcons in the offseason and is slated to start 2021 as their kicker.

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Falcons kicker wants cleats back after car stolen

CBS46 Atlanta 19 July, 2021 - 09:01am

Falcons' Younghoe Koo gets vehicle stolen, pleads with thief to return cleats: 'I won't even be mad'

CBS Sports 19 July, 2021 - 09:01am

Younghoe Koo did not have the best weekend. He walked out to his black Jeep Grand Cherokee on Sunday to discover it wasn't where he parked it, nor was it anywhere in sight. It turns out it had been stolen -- he pointed out on his Instagram account -- ruining his day entirely. But for as much as Koo was upset someone decided to swipe his Jeep, he was that much more concerned about the tools of his trade that were inside the vehicle. 

The 26-year-old kicker wants his cleats back more than anything.

"MFs stole my Jeep smh," Koo wrote while staring at an empty parking space. "Can you just bring my cleats back, though? I won't even be mad bro -- just bring all my cleats back so I can go kick."

That's dedication of the highest order.

Koo joined the Falcons in 2019 after what was a bit of a journey -- beginning as an undrafted kicker for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017 before going on to play for the Atlanta Legends (2019) in the now-defunct AAF. He spent a short stint with the New England Patriots later that year but was never promoted to the active roster, having been released less after spending less than two weeks on the team's practice squad. His grind paid off in the end, however, when he joined the Falcons as the replacement for future Hall of Fame kicker Matt Bryant and became an instant hit.

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Younghoe Koo gets Jeep stolen, asks thief to return his cleats - ProFootballTalk

NBC Sports 19 July, 2021 - 04:01am

Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo had his truck stolen, but he’s more concerned about something that was in it: His cleats.

When you kick footballs for a living, it’s important that you have shoes that feel perfect on your feet while you’re doing it, and Koo had those shoes in his truck when it was stolen. He went to Instagram to appeal to get his shoes back.

“MFs stole my Jeep smh,” Koo wrote on an Instagram post showing his empty parking lot where his truck used to be. “Can you just bring my cleats back though? I won’t even be mad bro just bring all my cleats back so I can go kick.”

Koo wrote that it’s a black Grand Cherokee with license plate RZA4953. There has been no word so far of anyone finding the Jeep, or the cleats.

The magic to his kicking must be attached to those cleats like in the Movie called Like Mike starring Lil Bow Wow in the 2000’s for Kim to totally ignore his Jeep.

In the old days, rip the plastic off the steering column, cut a couple wires and put them together and boom, the car starts. I don’t imagine it’s like that in modern vehicles and can’t imagine how someone gets their car stolen unless they left it unlocked with the keys in it. Or have crooks kept up with the car security technology? I have no idea (and no car worth stealing lol).

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Falcons' Younghoe Koo Says His Jeep Was Stolen with His Cleats Inside in IG Posts

Bleacher Report 18 July, 2021 - 06:27pm

Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo's Jeep was stolen Sunday morning, he said in a series of Instagram posts.

Koo added his cleats were in the vehicle, preventing him from kicking.

Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo’s Jeep was stolen this morning. <br><br>Please bring back his cleats , Falcons cannot afford to miss any extra points this season 🙏🏿 <a href="https://t.co/hLl8LiOJD7">pic.twitter.com/hLl8LiOJD7</a>

The Falcons kicker ascended to stardom in 2020, making 37 of 39 field-goal attempts on his way to earning his first Pro Bowl selection.

Given his rate of success, the prime suspects might be fans of rival teams in the NFC South. 

There have been several thefts of celebrity vehicles in the Atlanta area this year. Titans cornerback Janoris Jenkins, R&B singer Akon and rapper Ludacris have been among those targeted. 

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'MF's Stole My Car & Cleats!': Falcons Kicker Younghoe Koo Was Robbed

Sports Illustrated 18 July, 2021 - 05:43pm

Koo says he just had his cleats stolen.

"Mfs stole my Jeep smh. Can you just bring my cleats back tho,'' he wrote. "I won't even be mad bro just bring all my cleats back so I can go kick.''

Koo took to social media to spread the news that his Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen, but maybe even more concerning for a man who makes a living with his feet, his cleats were stolen.

Koo posted several messages via the stories feature on Instagram

Koo was born in Seoul, South Korea, and he attended Georgia Southern. Koo is scheduled to be a free agent after this season. He signed a one-year deal for $920,000 this season, plenty of money, of course, to purchase a new Jeep, and even to purchase new cleats. 

Catching the bad guys is an important part of the point.

And if those Pro Bowl-caliber cleats are in any way important to Koo, to his plans of making another Pro Bowl, and most importantly, to help the Atlanta Falcons get themselves back on the winning track in this 2021 NFL season?

Finding those cleats is an important part of the point as well.

'MF's Stole My Car & Cleats!': Falcons Kicker Younghoe Koo Was Robbed

Sports Illustrated 18 July, 2021 - 05:43pm

Koo says he just had his cleats stolen.

"Mfs stole my Jeep smh. Can you just bring my cleats back tho,'' he wrote. "I won't even be mad bro just bring all my cleats back so I can go kick.''

Koo took to social media to spread the news that his Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen, but maybe even more concerning for a man who makes a living with his feet, his cleats were stolen.

Koo posted several messages via the stories feature on Instagram

Koo was born in Seoul, South Korea, and he attended Georgia Southern. Koo is scheduled to be a free agent after this season. He signed a one-year deal for $920,000 this season, plenty of money, of course, to purchase a new Jeep, and even to purchase new cleats. 

Catching the bad guys is an important part of the point.

And if those Pro Bowl-caliber cleats are in any way important to Koo, to his plans of making another Pro Bowl, and most importantly, to help the Atlanta Falcons get themselves back on the winning track in this 2021 NFL season?

Finding those cleats is an important part of the point as well.

Younghoe Koo says his Jeep was stolen, asks for cleats back

Falcons Wire 18 July, 2021 - 05:20pm

The Atlanta Falcons have made some questionable decisions over the past few years, but signing kicker Younghoe Koo wasn’t one of them. Since joining the team midway through the 2019 season, Koo’s production has been incredible, breaking the Falcons’ single-season field goal record in 2020 and earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.

It hasn’t all been accolades and trick shots for the 26-year-old, though. On Sunday, Koo posted an Instagram story saying that his Jeep had been stolen.

Alright Social Media Sleuths @AtlantaFalcons kicker and former @GSAthletics_FB standout @YounghoeKoo had his ride and cleats stolen last night Alpharetta. Get to work. #iHateAThief pic.twitter.com/TqCYcwi1z5

— Marvin L James II (@sportsguymarv) July 18, 2021

Koo said his black Jeep Grand Cherokee was taken from an Atlanta parking lot, but he sounded more upset about losing his cleats that were in the car.

This isn’t the first offseason obstacle the Falcons kicker has faced. Last summer, Koo was kicked off of multiple football fields by police while trying to practice in New Jersey during the COVID-19 lockdown.

There’s been no word as of yet on whether Koo’s Jeep or cleats have been returned.

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Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo asks for cleats to be returned from stolen Jeep

Yahoo Sports 18 July, 2021 - 01:46pm

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

The Atlanta Falcons kicker took to social media Sunday morning to share that his Jeep was stolen overnight. His main ask was for the person to return all of his cleats. 

"I won't even be mad bro just bring all my cleats back so I can go kick," he wrote on a blank slide. He included the license plate and tagged ATL Scoop, an account that has a handful of missing car post shares on its Instagram Story as of Sunday. 

Atlanta Police said in January there was a 40 percent increase in car thefts over the past year. They said of those thefts, 67 percent were because the vehicle was left running or there was an extra set of keys in the vehicle, via Fox 5 News Atlanta. 

The Falcons held mandatory minicamp early last month. Players are to report to training camp on July 27, 10 days from Koo reporting his car and cleats were missing. 

Koo re-signed with the Falcons in March after the first Pro Bowl honors of his career. He was 37-for-39 (94.9%) on field goals in 2020, leading the league in makes and surpassing Matt Bryant for most field goals in a single Falcons season. He became the first player in team history to make at least eight field-goal attempts of at least 50 yards without a miss. Along with 33 made extra points he scored a career-high 144 points in 15 games. 

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Falcons kicker takes to social media to get missing Jeep back

WSB Atlanta 18 July, 2021 - 11:30am

ATLANTA — Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo woke up to a very unpleasant surprise Sunday morning. Koo said on social media that when he went out to get in his Jeep Cherokee outside his house, it was gone.

The Jeep had a very important thing inside: The cleats he wears on the field.

Koo posted about it on his Instagram page, saying:

“**’s stole my Jeep. Can you just bring back my cleats? I won’t even be mad bro, just bring back all my cleats so I can kick.”

Koo, 26, is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and was a first-team All Pro kicker for the Falcons last year. He got a contract extension from the Falcons after scoring 144 points last season, which included 27 consecutive field goals during the season.

If is unclear if Koo and his car have been reunited. Channel 2 Action News will let you know as soon as we find out if Koo got his cleats back.

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