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The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time

Updated April 11, 2020 56.0k votes 5.9k voters 110.4k 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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  • Julio Jones1
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    Julio Jones

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age26

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

  • Deion Sanders2
    2,651
    604

    Deion Sanders

    Cornerback, Punt returner

    BirthplaceFort Myers, Florida, United States of America

    Age53

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

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  • Tony Gonzalez3
    1,925
    594

    Tony Gonzalez

    Tight end

    BirthplaceTorrance, California, United States of America

    Age39

    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#2 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time

  • Michael Vick4
    2,259
    751

    Michael Vick

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Age40

    TeamsVirginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

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  • Jessie Tuggle5
    1,097
    369

    Jessie Tuggle

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceGriffin, Georgia

    Age55

  • Matt Ryan6
    2,081
    831

    Matt Ryan

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceExton, Pennsylvania

    Age35

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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  • Roddy White7
    1,359
    477

    Roddy White

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceJames Island, South Carolina

    Age38

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons, UAB Blazers football

  • Morten Andersen8
    915
    289

    Morten Andersen

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Age60

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

  • Matt Bryant9
    703
    192

    Matt Bryant

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas

    Age45

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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  • John Abraham10
    858
    325

    John Abraham

    Outside Linebacker

    BirthplaceTimmonsville, South Carolina

    Age37

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons

  • Warrick Dunn11
    844
    316

    Warrick Dunn

    Running back

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Age40

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Florida State Seminoles football

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    #3 of 81 The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time#73 of 106 The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

  • Jamal Anderson12
    888
    327

    Jamal Anderson

    Running back

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    Age48

    TeamsUtah Utes football, Atlanta Falcons

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  • Andre Rison13
    770
    287

    Andre Rison

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

    Age53

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

  • Deion Jones14
    312
    56

    Deion Jones

    Linebacker

    Age25

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

  • Steve Bartkowski15
    827
    321

    Steve Bartkowski

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa

    Age63

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  • Gerald Riggs16
    500
    165

    Gerald Riggs

    Running back

    BirthplaceTullos, Louisiana

    Age59

  • Tommy Nobis17
    739
    281

    Tommy Nobis

    Guard, Linebacker

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Age77

    TeamsTexas Longhorns football

  • Claude Humphrey18
    633
    238

    Claude Humphrey

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Age76

  • Michael Turner19
    673
    248

    Michael Turner

    Running back, Return specialist

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois

    Age38

    TeamsNorthern Illinois Huskies football, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers

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  • William Andrews20
    503
    173

    William Andrews

    Running back

    BirthplaceThomasville, Georgia

    Age64

  • Keith Brooking21
    587
    227

    Keith Brooking

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceSenoia, Georgia

    Age40

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys

  • Jeff Van Note22
    547
    201

    BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey

    Age74

  • Bill Fralic23
    354
    131

    Bill Fralic

    Guard

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age57

  • Desmond Trufant24
    530
    206

    Desmond Trufant

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Age30

    TeamsWashington Huskies football, Atlanta Falcons

  • Devonta Freeman25
    756
    352

    Devonta Freeman

    Running back

    Age23

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons