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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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Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
ejlinehan added Wide receiver from Foley, Alabama

Age: 26

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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#2 of 91 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time #5 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #47 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Cornerback and Punt returner from Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America

Age: 48

Teams: Florida State Seminoles baseball, Washington Redskins, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, + more

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#1,026 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #649 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #4 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Quarterback from Virginia

Age: 38

Teams: Virginia Tech Hokies football, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles

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#43 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #200 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #9 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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Matt Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Quarterback from Exton, Pennsylvania

Age: 33

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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#26 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #206 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #61 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
ejlinehan added Tight end from Torrance, California, United States of America

Age: 42

Teams: California Golden Bears football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs

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#27 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #25 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #1 of 24 The Best NFL Tight Ends of the '90s

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Jessie Tuggle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Linebacker from Griffin, Georgia

Age: 50

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Roddy White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Wide receiver from James Island, South Carolina

Age: 34

Teams: Atlanta Falcons, UAB Blazers football

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#266 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #48 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #581 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
willyboymcoy added Placekicker from Copenhagen, Denmark

Age: 55

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Michigan State Spartans football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, + more

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Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Running back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 44

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Florida State Seminoles football

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#69 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #137 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #4 of 81 The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

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John Abraham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Outside Linebacker from Timmonsville, South Carolina

Age: 37

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons

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Steve Bartkowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
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Jamal Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Jamal Anderson Running back from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Utah Utes football, Atlanta Falcons

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#130 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #947 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #15 of 36 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 90s

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Matt Bryant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Triton4903 added Placekicker from Orange, Texas

Age: 43

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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#675 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #19 of 59 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter #19 of 85 The Greatest NFL Kickers of All Time

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Tommy Nobis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Guard and Linebacker from San Antonio, Texas

Age: 72

Teams: Texas Longhorns football

15
Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Wide receiver from Flint, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 48

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders, Toronto Argonauts, Atlanta Falcons, + more

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Claude Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Defensive end from Memphis, Tennessee

Age: 74

17
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
mandyclark25 added Devonta Freeman Running back from Baxley, Georgia

Age: 26

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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Keith Brooking is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Keith Brooking Linebacker from Senoia, Georgia

Age: 40

Teams: Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys

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William Andrews is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Running back from Thomasville, Georgia

Age: 63

20
Gerald Riggs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Gerald Riggs Running back from Tullos, Louisiana

Age: 58

21
Jeff Van Note is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Center from South Orange, New Jersey

Age: 69

22
Michael Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Running back and Return specialist from Waukegan, Illinois

Age: 33

Teams: Northern Illinois Huskies football, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers

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#168 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #372 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #52 of 120 The Best Chargers Players of All Time

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Mike Kenn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
Mike Kenn Tackle and Offensive Lineman from Evanston, Illinois

Age: 59

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Desmond Trufant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
CMCSS03 added Desmond Trufant Cornerback from Tacoma, Washington

Age: 25

Teams: Washington Huskies football, Atlanta Falcons

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Bill Fralic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time
slaft added Bill Fralic Guard from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Age: 53