AtlLover Posted August 29, 2011 Share Posted August 29, 2011 http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-9030583The running back position for the Atlanta Falcons has seen everyone from class acts (Warrick Dunn(notes)) to some of the showiest players (Jamal Anderson) in the league. The team doesn't have the biggest names at the position in the history of the National Football League, but they have seen some talented players at the position. Who are the top five running backs in Falcons history?1. Gerald Riggs 1982-88The Falcons selected Riggs with the ninth pick of the 1982 NFL Draft. During his first two seasons, he didn't have a big impact as he played just 23 games (no starts). In his third year, the Falcons gave him a chance with 14 starts, and he promptly rushed for nearly 1,500 yards. Over the next three seasons, Riggs was a workhorse in the Falcons backfield, carrying the ball 943 times for 3,921 yards.Riggs was a prime example of how quickly a running back can see their career fade away with too many carries. He still holds the Falcons rushing and rushing touchdown records, with 6,631 and 48.2. Warrick Dunn 2002-07Dunn is just five yards out of second place on the Falcons all-time rushing list, but he still claims the No. 2 spot. During his six seasons with the team, Dunn started 83 games and rushed for 5,981 yards. He scored 30 touchdowns and fumbled the ball just 15 times. He was also a threat catching the ball out of the backfield with 204 receptions and six additional touchdowns.3. Jamal Anderson 1994-2001The 201st overall selection in the 1994 NFL Draft is fourth all-time in rushing yards for the Falcons. He played his entire career with the team, starting 64 games in eight seasons. His best year was 1998, when he was a key figure in the Falcons Super Bowl run. In 1998, Anderson led the league with 410 carries and ran for a career high of 1,846 yards.4. William Andrews 1979-86Andrews is in second place on the Falcons all-time rushing list with 5,986 yards. During his time in Atlanta, he scored 30 touchdowns, but also fumbled the ball 30 times, which is why he fell so far on this list. Four times out of his six year career, Andrews rushed for more than 1,000 yards and made 72 starts.5. Michael Turner(notes) 2008-PresentWith just three seasons as the Falcons running back, Turner is already fifth on the all-time list for rushing yards. Twice during his Falcons run, he has led the league in rushing attempts (2008, 2010), which would normally scare me. However, since he was a backup in San Diego for four seasons, I don't think he will break down as quickly. He has rushed for 3,941 yards with 39 touchdowns, including a long of 70 yards. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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