Tuggle'2 Posted March 25, 2013 Share Posted March 25, 2013 Around The League Todd McClure retires, to get spot among Falcons' best + Share By Chris Wesseling Published: March 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM Modified: March 25, 2013 at 10:52 AMAfter 194 starts in 13 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, center Todd McClure is retiring from the NFL. A seventh-round pick back in 1999, the under-sized McClure was tutored by zone-blocking guru Alex Gibbs. Across the coaching staffs of Dan Reeves, Jim Mora, Bobby Petrino and Mike Smith, McClure constantly fought off competition to keep his job, breaking Keith Brooking's franchise record for consecutive starts. The Falcons gave the 36-year-old a proper sendoff Monday, holding a retirement press conference. "You deserve to be in that Ring of Honor," owner Arthur Blank said, "and we will get you there as soon as we can." Last year's second-round draft, Peter Konz, is expected to take over the pivot after struggling in 12 starts at right guard in his rookie season. The Falcons are counting on Konz to improve as he gains strength and moves back to his natural position. Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling. Not that its any surprise I just thought it was nice of Blank to say. The man deserves to be up in those rafters. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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