The greatest Falcon of all time

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I got to Georgia when it was still Glanville's team and Prime Time was making noise, so I can't comment on players like Tommy Nobis, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, etc., but I'm sure the bloggers out there have a better idea of the history of this franchise and can make this an interesting discussion.

Who is/was the greatest Falcon of all time?

I always liked Jamal Anderson of the Dirty Bird era, but he probably didn't have enough good years to be considered. Keith Brooking is a solid defender and a good guy and Warrick Dunn has been great too, but nobody fired people up as much as Neon Deion (except maybe for Ookie, but he's going away and not coming back).

My vote is for Sanders.

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Submitted by G35 Dude on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 11:23am.

Not only was he the best player he also stayed with a franchise that never had a chance and his loyalty to this team probably cost him his place in the Hall of Fame. He is definitely the player that gave the most. If you never saw him play you really missed a treat.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 1:38pm.

with an honorable mention to William Andrews.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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Submitted by Tug13 on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 12:29pm.

Two of my children have met several of the Falcons. They tell me that Jeff Van Note and Bartkowski are super nice! I met Alfred Jenkins he was very nice too. Smiling

I think my children might say Jeff Van Note is the greatest Falcon. I'll ask.

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Submitted by Football Face on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 10:19am.

Van Note was awesome! Entire career with the Falcons - something like six Pro Bowls as a center, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Falcons Ring of Honor and he could really hit.
He should be in Canton.

Submitted by 1bighammer on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 10:30am.

he was a Falcon, then he became a SUPERSTAR!

Submitted by McDonoughDawg on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 11:30am.

That was obvious. Brett was all about the party scene in Atlanta at the time. I'm glad it worked out for him. He did get the 1 Superbowl.

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Submitted by TonyF on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 8:11am.

was only a poser, a little God-given talent, a mouth the size of Lake Lanier and a tiny pea-brain.
My vote goes for any member of the "Gritz Blitz".

"The memories of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime.You shuffle in the gloom of the sick room,and talk to yourself as you die."
(R. Waters)

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Submitted by Kevin Wandra on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 10:28am.

Tommy Nobis and Claude Humphrey, the two best players from the "Gritz Blitz" defense, warrant consideration as the best Falcon of all time, but that honor should go to the greatest cover corner of all time, Deion "Prime Time" Sanders. He was Mr. Do-It-All for the Falcons. During his five years in Atlanta, Sanders scored 10 touchdowns (three on defense, five on kick-off and punt returns and two on receptions). Not bad for a cornerback, huh?

By the way, I think it's sad that there is not one player currently in the Hall of Fame who played most of his career with the Falcons. Sanders will be, without question, the first.

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Submitted by Tug13 on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 12:15pm.

No way! He only played for the Falcons for about four years.
My children picked Jessie Tuggle as the greatest player.
We all agree Tuggle should be the first Atlanta Falcon in the Hall Of Fame! Smiling

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