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The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time

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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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  • Deion Sanders1
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    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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    #1125 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#130 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

  • Julio Jones2
    2,742
    616

    Julio Jones

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age31

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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    #33 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#6 of 91 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

  • Tony Gonzalez3
    2,033
    618

    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

  • Michael Vick4
    2,379
    778

    Michael Vick

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Age40

    TeamsVirginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Jessie Tuggle5
    1,135
    379

    Jessie Tuggle

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceGriffin, Georgia

    Age55

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    #201 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#74 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • Roddy White6
    1,432
    493

    Roddy White

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceJames Island, South Carolina

    Age38

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons, UAB Blazers football

  • Matt Ryan7
    2,184
    872

    Matt Ryan

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceExton, Pennsylvania

    Age35

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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    #37 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames#13 of 73 The Best Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl

  • Morten Andersen8
    957
    298

    Morten Andersen

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Age60

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

  • Matt Bryant9
    739
    192

    Matt Bryant

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas

    Age45

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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    #38 of 59 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter#19 of 85 The Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time

  • Andre Rison10
    807
    293

    Andre Rison

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

    Age53

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

  • John Abraham11
    898
    337

    John Abraham

    Outside Linebacker

    BirthplaceTimmonsville, South Carolina

    Age42

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons

  • Jamal Anderson12
    922
    338

    Jamal Anderson

    Running back

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    Age48

    TeamsUtah Utes football, Atlanta Falcons

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    #113 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#15 of 36 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 90s

  • Warrick Dunn13
    880
    328

    Warrick Dunn

    Running back

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Age45

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Florida State Seminoles football

  • Deion Jones14
    324
    54

    Deion Jones

    Linebacker

    Age25

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

  • Gerald Riggs15
    518
    167

    Gerald Riggs

    Running back

    BirthplaceTullos, Louisiana

    Age59

  • Steve Bartkowski16
    865
    333

    Steve Bartkowski

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa

    Age67

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    #102 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#36 of 53 The Best No. 1 Overall NFL Draft Picks Of All Time, Ranked

  • Tommy Nobis17
    761
    293

    Tommy Nobis

    Guard, Linebacker

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Age77

    TeamsTexas Longhorns football

  • Claude Humphrey18
    658
    246

    Claude Humphrey

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Age76

  • William Andrews19
    518
    180

    William Andrews

    Running back

    BirthplaceThomasville, Georgia

    Age64

  • Michael Turner20
    703
    259

    Michael Turner

    Running back, Return specialist

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois

    Age38

    TeamsNorthern Illinois Huskies football, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers

  • Keith Brooking21
    614
    235

    Keith Brooking

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceSenoia, Georgia

    Age44

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys

  • Jeff Van Note22
    567
    209

    BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey

    Age74

  • Bill Fralic23
    371
    134

    Bill Fralic

    Guard

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age57

  • Alge Crumpler24
    437
    151

    Alge Crumpler

    Tight end

    BirthplaceGreenville, North Carolina

    Age42

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons, New England Patriots

  • Desmond Trufant25
    557
    214

    Desmond Trufant

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Age30

    TeamsWashington Huskies football, Atlanta Falcons