The 10 most underrated
The Atlanta Falcons have been in existence for over 50 years and have put some great talent on the Gridiron. Most were overshadowed by the talent put around them, and that produced bad teams, losing records and missed opportunities at their time in the spotlight. Well, I was given an idea by one of my buddies as we started talking all these names popped in my head. A lot of these players some fans are too young to remember or some just don’t know who they are at all. If you are a lifelong fan then you’ve heard of them by articles in magazines, throwback videos, or just plain hearsay. Here are 10 former players I thought of that should receive a short time in the spotlight even if it’s just through a couple of words. There is NO particular order, so enjoy and comment on the box below this article if you want to add on to the fun!
Terance Mathis (1994-2001)
Terance Mathis was homegrown from Redan High School that was drafted by the Jets in 1990. He was traded to Atlanta where he became one of the most productive receivers in team history. His 57 touchdown receptions, 7,349 receiving yards, and 573 receptions are all third on the team’s all-time list.
Travis Hall (1995-2004)
Hall was one of the Falcons most successful late-round gems. He played 10 seasons in Atlanta and was a key contributor on the 1998 Super Bowl team. He ended his career with 41.5 sacks which is still fourth on the Falcons All-Time list.
Rod Coleman (2004-2007)
Rod Coleman was a disruptive force during his short stint in Atlanta. He had 22 sacks his first two seasons with the team, which ranked him near the top for defensive tackles. His last two years were marred by injuries but he made a memorable run nonetheless and became a fan favorite.
Michael Haynes (1988-1993,1997)
Michael Haynes may be best known for his dynamic season in 1991, which was one of the most memorable in the team’s history. Haynes caught 50 passes for 1,122 yards, a whopping 22.4 yards per reception (led the NFL). He also hauled in 11 touchdowns playing alongside Andre Rison. Michael Haynes finished his Falcons career with 266 receptions, 4,220 and 34 touchdowns, playing his final season in 1997 with the team.
Chris Chandler (1997-2001)
Chandler was the first-ever QB to take the Falcons to the Super Bowl and when you remember the ’98 team, Jamal Anderson is the first name that comes to mind. However, Chandler was the key to the engine tossing 25 touchdown passes and averaging 9.6 yards per completion (led the NFL). He made two consecutive pro bowls in’ 97 and ’98, becoming the first Falcons QB since Steve Bartkowski to accomplish the feat after the 1980 and 1981 seasons.
DeAngelo Hall (2004-2007)
Hall was the Falcons first pick in the 2004 NFL Draft and he didn’t disappoint during his time in Atlanta. He was one of the bright young corners his first couple of seasons grabbing 17 interceptions and returning two for touchdowns, earning two pro bowl selections. He would leave the Falcons over a contract dispute. Hall would go on to play 14 seasons in the league finishing with 43 picks and 10 defensive touchdowns.
Tim Green (1986-1993)
Tim Green was of the most inspirational players to ever wear the red and black of the Falcons. He left it all out on the field every Sunday. He finished his eight-year career in Atlanta with 24 sacks. He would become a broadcaster after his playing days before being diagnosed with ALS.
Bobby Butler (1981-1992)
Butler was a mainstay in the Falcons secondary for 12 seasons. He was their first-round pick out of FSU in 1981 and was worth every penny. His cover skills and ability to tackle in the open field helped him become a Falcon great. He intercepted 27 passes in his career, sixth all-time in franchise history.
Bob Whitfield (1992-2003)
“Big” Bob Whitfield was a staple on the left side (after starting his career at right tackle) of the Falcons offensive for 10 seasons (162 games) protecting the Falcons franchise quarterbacks blindside. He was only selected to one Pro Bowl, but he was one of the most dominant tackles in Atlanta Falcons history. I think he will be a member of the Falcons Ring of Honor in the near future, as he is already a member of the Stanford University Hall of Fame.
Keith Brooking (1998-2008)
Keith Brooking was an All-American at Georgia Tech and was taken by the Falcons with the 12th pick in the 1998 draft. Brooking was a tackling machine finishing with 882 in an Atlanta uniform ranking him third all-time. He made five Pro Bowls in his Falcons career and helped form a solid tandem with Jessie Tuggle for three seasons.
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