The so-called “Drake Curse” may no longer be a thing thanks to the Atlanta Falcons. Not after the Grammy Award-winning artist made a rare correct, sports-related endorsement ahead of the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.

Drake placed a bet on who would be the first wide receiver taken in the opening round. It took a while, but the Canadian rapper was rewarded when the Falcons made their first pick, the eighth-overall in this draft.

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Drake Cashes in 5-Figure Wager, Thanks to Falcons

Somewhat fittingly, Drake chose his namesake, Drake London to be the first wideout to hear his named called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The bet, worth a cheeky $100,000, was made with, per Pro Football Focus’ Trevor Sikkema:

Drake putting a cool 100k on fellow Drake to be WR1

— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) April 28, 2022

It looked like a risky bet, even for somebody with an estimated net worth of $180 million. This year’s wide receiver class was loaded beyond London, with fellow headliners such as Ohio State pair Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave, along with Alabama’s Jameson Williams.

All were touted as potential top-10 picks during the pre-draft process, but the Falcons threw a mild curveball when they took London off the board first, per the team’s official site.

The pick surprised some, including Fox Sports’ host Skip Bayless, who cautioned Falcons fans not to expect the “next Julio.” It’s a clear reference to franchise receiving-leader Julio Jones, who was traded to the Tennessee Titans last offseason after nine generally productive seasons in Atlanta.

Taking London ahead of some of his other marquee classmates might have raised a few eyebrows, but the Falcons’ decision paid off handsomely for Drake, according to B/R Betting:

Drake curse who???

Drake cashes his $100K bet on Drake London 🔥

— br_betting (@br_betting) April 29, 2022

He knows, he knows, he knows.

The Falcons and London might have also helped to end one of sport’s most high-profile anomalies.

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Drake Breaks Curse, Cashes in on Falcons’ First Pick

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