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The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time

Updated April 11, 2020 57.6k votes 5.8k voters 108.9k views176 items

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A list of the best Atlanta Falcons of all time. Formed in 1966, the first few decades of the team's history wasn't too promising. The Falcons didn't reach the playoffs until 1978, and had only five playoff berths in its first 30 years. Atlanta has had some of the most entertaining teams in the league with a bunch of superstar players. These Falcons can be considered some of the best players in team history.

Beginning in 1989 with the drafting of one of the best players of all time in Deion Sanders. With "Prime Time" and other great players like Andre Rison and Terence Mathis, the Falcons were fun to watch. In 1998, Jamal Anderson powered the Falcons to the franchise's first Super Bowl berth. Though the team lost to the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII, it was a turning point for the Falcons. Under Michael VIck, the Falcons reached the playoffs twice. Say what you want about Vick, but he's one of the best Falcons of all time. More recently, Matt Ryan has been at the helm of the most prosperous era in Falcons history. The team had its first consecutive winning seasons in 2008-09 and the future looks bright with Ryan as the quarterback.

This is the list of the best Atlanta Falcons of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the greatest Atlanta Falcons player of all time.

 
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  • 1
    Deion Sanders
    2,744
    617

    Deion Sanders

    Cornerback, Punt returner

    BirthplaceFort Myers, Florida, USA

    Age53

    TeamsFlorida State Seminoles baseball, Washington Redskins, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons

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  • 2
    Julio Jones
    2,699
    607

    Julio Jones

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age31

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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    #5 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#33 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • 3
    Tony Gonzalez
    2,006
    613

    Tony Gonzalez

    Tight end

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Torrance

    Age44

    TeamsCalifornia Golden Bears football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #17 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#5 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time

  • 4
    Michael Vick
    2,343
    763

    Michael Vick

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Age40

    TeamsVirginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

  • 5
    Jessie Tuggle
    1,115
    372

    Jessie Tuggle

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceGriffin, Georgia

    Age55

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    #201 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#75 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • 6
    Roddy White
    1,415
    484

    Roddy White

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceJames Island, South Carolina

    Age38

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons, UAB Blazers football

  • 7
    Matt Ryan
    2,157
    862

    Matt Ryan

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceExton, Pennsylvania

    Age35

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

  • 8
    Morten Andersen
    937
    292

    Morten Andersen

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Age60

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Michigan State Spartans football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

  • 9
    Matt Bryant
    727
    183

    Matt Bryant

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas

    Age45

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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    #30 of 59 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter#18 of 85 The Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time

  • 10
    Andre Rison
    795
    286

    Andre Rison

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

    Age53

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders, Toronto Argonauts, Atlanta Falcons

  • 11
    John Abraham
    890
    332

    John Abraham

    Outside Linebacker

    BirthplaceTimmonsville, South Carolina

    Age42

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons

  • 12
    Warrick Dunn
    870
    322

    Warrick Dunn

    Running back

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Age45

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Florida State Seminoles football

  • 13
    Jamal Anderson
    907
    336

    Jamal Anderson

    Running back

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    Age48

    TeamsUtah Utes football, Atlanta Falcons

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  • 14
    Deion Jones
    314
    50

    Deion Jones

    Linebacker

    Age25

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

  • 15
    Steve Bartkowski
    852
    330

    Steve Bartkowski

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa

    Age67

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  • 16
    Claude Humphrey
    647
    240

    Claude Humphrey

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Age76

  • 17
    Tommy Nobis
    744
    290

    Tommy Nobis

    Guard, Linebacker

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Age77

    TeamsTexas Longhorns football

  • 18
    Gerald Riggs
    507
    163

    Gerald Riggs

    Running back

    BirthplaceTullos, Louisiana

    Age59

  • 19
    William Andrews
    509
    179

    William Andrews

    Running back

    BirthplaceThomasville, Georgia

    Age64

  • 20
    Keith Brooking
    603
    234

    Keith Brooking

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceSenoia, Georgia

    Age44

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys

  • 21
    Michael Turner
    690
    259

    Michael Turner

    Running back, Return specialist

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois

    Age38

    TeamsNorthern Illinois Huskies football, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers

  • 22
    Jeff Van Note
    560
    208

    BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey

    Age74

  • 23
    Desmond Trufant
    551
    209

    Desmond Trufant

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Age30

    TeamsWashington Huskies football, Atlanta Falcons

  • 24
    Bill Fralic
    360
    133

    Bill Fralic

    Guard

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age57

  • 25
    Alge Crumpler
    427
    148

    Alge Crumpler

    Tight end

    BirthplaceGreenville, North Carolina

    Age42

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons, New England Patriots