Jaylon Thompson is leaving to join the upstart Atlanta Legends as the team reporter.

Dear readers,

This was my last week at the Fayette Newspapers. The beginning of 2019 brought a new adventure in my professional career. I have accepted a new position as the team reporter for the Atlanta Legends in the newly formed Alliance of American Football League.

It is so hard to say goodbye. I am truly thankful to everyone that has read along and followed my journey. I have learned a lot under the leadership of managing editor Chris Dunn and publisher Geneva Weaver. They took me in as a young writer and gave me my first shot at success. I wouldn’t be here without them.

I also want to say thank you to all the great coaches, athletes, and county personnel that have graciously allowed me to interview them on their journey. I enjoyed every minute chronicling the ins and outs of the county.

Some of my favorite moments were watching several teams win state titles and players signing to major collegiate programs. In each situation, you inspired me to be better and strive for success.

I leave knowing that there are great people in this county that will make a impact in shaping our next generations. I will always remember the good times and cherish the my time at the Fayette Newspapers.

This is my home and I will never forget where I come from. You guys helped me grow into the writer I am today. I am eternally grateful for it all. While I walk on this next career path, I will carry all the memories with me.

My hope is that you follow along with the Atlanta Legends. We are a new pro team that has athletes that are hungry. With big names on the coaching staff in Brad Childress and Michael Vick and familiar faces on the team like UGA legend Aaron Murray, they’ll give Atlanta a team to be proud of as they face off with other exciting teams like Steve Spurrier’s Orlando Apollos. I will be there providing the same great content and doing a few surprises along the way.

If you would like to know more about the team or to just check out a game at the former Turner Field, visit the team online at www.aaf.com/atlanta-legends.

Thanks again for everything. I will see you all soon.


Jaylon Thompson was sports editor for Fayette Newspapers. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Digital & Broadcast Journalism.