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Who is the greatest runningback in Atlanta Falcon history?


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I ranked my top five on talent only, because Andrews and Riggs and Anderson obviously had serious injury problems, but on a side note, I never saw Dave Hampton play as I was born in 1973, but isn't he the one who went over 1,000 yards in the last game of the season and was due to get a bonus for that, but then he lost some yards on a subsequent play and didn't get the bonus. I heard this story somewhere and it seems like something that would only happen to us or the Bucs maybe.

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fuzzybee22 (2/6/2008)
I'd say :

1. William Andrews

2. Gerald Riggs

3. Jamal Anderson

4. Warrick Dunn

5. Lynn Cain

I agree with that except Anderson and Riggs should be switched. Riggs was good, but the Falcons rode Anderson's back to the SB. And we rode his back hard - he had an NFL record breaking year for # carries. And Jam had the best stiff-arm I've ever seen. I just wish his ACLs could have carried his torque, but oh well.

William Andrews. I remember watching him when I was 8 yrs old. He was Superman to me. You "Vick-Come-Lately" kids had no idea the kind of runner he was. He never avoided tacklers - he hunted them down and knocked them on their back like no-one I've ever seen. And if they jumped on his back he just carried them to the end-zone. I've never seen legs in a RB like Andrews had. He reminded me of a horse the way he ran.

Riggs came along and was good, I admit. But he had big shoes to fill replacing Andrews. The Falcons mostly sucked the years Riggs was on the team, but that's not take anything away from him. He was good, no doubt, but I give Jamal the nod over him.

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I guess I put Riggs ahead of Anderson because I took into account his years with the Redskins, but if I only looked at when they played for the Falcons, I would put Anderson ahead of Riggs. Anderson's problem is he only had two good years, the year before the SB and the SB year. But, he did have an incredible stiff-arm , and no DB's wanted to see him coming around the corner. Andrews was a freaking beast!!!! What a shame he had such bad knee injuries. He would've been one of the all-time greats.

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fuzzybee22 (2/6/2008)
I guess I put Riggs ahead of Anderson because I took into account his years with the Redskins, but if I only looked at when they played for the Falcons, I would put Anderson ahead of Riggs. Anderson's problem is he only had two good years, the year before the SB and the SB year. But, he did have an incredible straight-arm , and no DB's wanted to see him coming around thecorner. Andrews was a freaking beast!!!! What a shame he had such bad knee injuries. He would've been one of the all-time greats.

William Andrews was something special. His career was cut way too short, but outside of Earl Campbell he was the most bruising, punishing RB I have ever seen.

Ronnie Lott was quoted on what was the most painful hit he had ever made tackling someone. That "someone" he said was William Andrews. When Andrews got through the LBs, the literally scanned the field for the secondary so he could run them over. Those memories will last a lifetime.

I really liked Riggs. All I remember is the team sucked bad when he came along so maybe I'm not giving him a fair shake.

Jamal's career was really cut short, too. But those 2 years he was the best RB in the NFL. Along with Terrell Davis.

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fuzzybee22 (2/6/2008)
I ranked my top five on talent only, because Andrews and Riggs and Anderson obviously had serious injury problems, but on a side note, I never saw Dave Hampton play as I was born in 1973, but isn't he the one who went over 1,000 yards in the last game of the season and was due to get a bonus for that, but then he lost some yards on a subsequent play and didn't get the bonus. I heard this story somewhere and it seems like something that would only happen to us or the Bucs maybe.
Yeah, that happened, he got the 1000 yrds and then lost it on the next few plays at the end of the game.
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Jack-Tripper (2/6/2008)
Mike Vick:Whistling:
Who?
c-mon now the thread was about our great running backs and i loved them too but as far as acontinued buzz of five years around this club it is mike vick, taking a club with punch and judy type talent and giving the nfl an excuse to put us on monday night football or anyother prime spot.(red necks& bros shoulder to shoulder slapping high fives).:P
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REV.2000 (2/6/2008)
WILLIAM ANDREWS ......... BAR-NONE.:)
I have to agree because he had more successful seasons than jamal, plus their wasnt a runnig back in the nfl whith the explosion fromthe line the first 5 yrds. like he had.the ironic thing is i dont think he was a high first rd. pick.he wasnt even the featured back for auburn eitheir.
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Andrews-what a back! I started watching the Falcons when he came to the NFL.

Riggs- sort of like Andrews big bruiser wish he had more luck with Falcons

Anderson- same type of back but Reeves burnt him out!

Dunn- better then alot of people think! always under the radar.

Lynn Cain- I'm sure not to many people remember him. Had 914 yards and Andrews 1300 in 1980.

Look at the top running backs they where all big mooses! May we see another RB like this? I only hope so smash mouth football making it's way to Atlanta!

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Jamaal Anderson,was the best.He had a great year and a very solid career.

Year Age Tm Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb

1994 22 ATL 3 0 2 -1 0 0 -0.5 -0.3 0.7 -1 0 0

1995 23 ATL 16 0 39 161 1 13 4.1 10.1 2.4 4 42 10.5 0 17 0.3 2.6 203 1 0

1996 24 ATL RB 16 12 232 1055 5 32 4.5 65.9 14.5 49 473 9.7 1 34 3.1 29.6 1528 6 4

1997 25 ATL RB 16 15 290 1002 7 39 3.5 62.6 18.1 29 284 9.8 3 47 1.8 17.8 1286 10 4

1998*+ 26 ATL RB 16 16 410 1846 14 48 4.5 115.4 25.6 27 319 11.8 2 27 1.7 19.9 2165 16 5

1999 27 ATL 2 2 19 59 0 20 3.1 29.5 9.5 2 34 17.0 0 32 1.0 17.0 93 0 0

2000 28 ATL RB 16 16 282 1024 6 42 3.6 64.0 17.6 42 382 9.1 0 55 2.6 23.9 1406 6 6

2001 29 ATL 3 3 55 190 1 14 3.5 63.3 18.3 3 111 37.0 1 94 1.0 37.0 301 2 1

Career 88 64 1329 5336 34 48 4.0 60.6 15.1 156 1645 10.5 7 94 1.8 18.7 6981 41 20

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