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1 hour ago, Sui_Generis said:

Barry Sanders. Man with a million moves. As gifted as there ever was and with such a humble attitude. 

One of the few players that would have made Julio seem cocky.

All around beast!

I'll always remember those cool EA Sports commercials of the late 90s and Barry Sanders was the featured NFL athlete for Madden 99. I played the heIl outta that game on N64.

 

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Bartkowski - Still my favorite Falcon's player.  

While watching parts of the game last night I saw Joe Namath.   It reminded me that he was the first NFL player that I liked growing up.  Everything about Namath is the template of what I felt was the

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On 9/17/2019 at 9:29 AM, Boise Falcon Fan said:

Bartkowski - Still my favorite Falcon's player.  

It's hard to even remember back that far, but this is probably true for me too.  My dad HATED him out of college.  He just always seemed to goober things up in those early seasons (at least if my dad's commentary can be trusted -- I was 5 when he came into the NFL).  

But by the 80s, we were all on board.  I still liked players from other teams, and ours too.  I loved William Andrews.  Lynn Cain.  I loved Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett, back before Jerry Jones ruined the Cowboys for me.  Huge fan of Bradshaw and Lynn Swann.  But Bart was probably my first favorite.  He was my QB.  And he was an awfully good one, to play on such bad teams.

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11 hours ago, Sui_Generis said:

Barry Sanders. Man with a million moves. As gifted as there ever was and with such a humble attitude. 

One of the few players that would have made Julio seem cocky.

All around beast!

He wasn't my first favorite, but man he was a favorite quickly.

My brother-in-law and I still look at each other sometimes and one of us says "can you imagine if Barry ran behind those Cowboys lines that Emmitt Smith got to run behind......."

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10 hours ago, coastiemike said:

Earl Campbell. 

The greatest run ever by a running back.  Whats amazing and ironic is he bucked a RAM.  A ram is suppose to buck YOU.  Look, Jim Brown, William Andrews, they had some POWERFUL runs ( that run by Andrews against the 49ers is brutal).  Dickerson, Dorsett, Sanders etc.  they had some long PRETTY runs.   This run here by Campbell is a work of ART.  The way he slows down and SIZES up his victim before mauling him, then, the cut back across INTO the teeth of the defense where he drags defenders and they LITERALLY pull his jersey off trying to bring him down.  Nah, this wasn't a tackle, they had to call in the national guard to bring him down...:lol:

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On 9/17/2019 at 9:54 AM, V-Town Falcon said:

Jamal Anderson. Everybody doing the dirty bird dance that year we made a run to the Super Bowl.

Yep. Me too. So sad he couldn't escape injury. One of the greatest RB ever for the Falcons. And his Dirty Bird Dance is iconic. It ain't never gonna go away.

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7 hours ago, trudweathers said:

Bart Starr... We had no Falcons back then and Bart was a friend of my parents in college.  I was a cheese head before their were cheeseheads.

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Living in Alabama the number of old folks here that are Packer fans because of Bart Starr is amazing!! It's all Packers and Cowboys around here.

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1 hour ago, JDaveG said:

He wasn't my first favorite, but man he was a favorite quickly.

My brother-in-law and I still look at each other sometimes and one of us says "can you imagine if Barry ran behind those Cowboys lines that Emmitt Smith got to run behind......."

I almost typed that exact statement. If he kept playing no telling what his final numbers could be. 

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The 1st: Michael Vick. Even today I get chills watching his highlights. What a shame it turned out the way it did. No player in the league has ever had his skill set. The agility, mobility, speed, and elusiveness. An effortless flick of the wrist launching a football 60 yards. Insane. 

 

All time: Matt Ryan. Leadership, intelligence, class act, intangibles, toughness, the desire to be the best he can be and leave it all on the field. Nobody will ever say he was the best at anything in particular. However, he is a jack of all trades. As long as Matt Ryan is on the field I believe the Falcons have a chance. I hope some day he can hoist the Lombardi as a Falcon. I don't think anyone deserves it more than him.

 

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On 9/17/2019 at 10:04 AM, pa_falcon_fan said:

Dan Marino ..  my dad was a Dolphins fan when I was a kid so I watched a lot of his games.

When I decided I was a Falcons fan in the late 80s (age 12), Jessie Tuggle quickly became my favorite.  

The Dolphins haven't been the same since Shula and Marino.  Thats a long time ago...

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On 9/17/2019 at 9:37 AM, octoslash said:

The Official Website of Larry Csonka – Larry Csonka ...

You could tell everyone in the stadium exactly what the play call was on 3rd and 2 and give the defense time to make any substitution for that call they wanted to make, then give the ball to Csonka and he would still get the yardage needed. On top of that, there are few players with a name that matched their style better than his. 
 

interesting side note: Csonka is quoted as saying he would rather face Butkus or Nitschke than Tommy Nobis. 

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On 9/17/2019 at 9:04 AM, Spts1 said:

While watching parts of the game last night I saw Joe Namath.   It reminded me that he was the first NFL player that I liked growing up.  Everything about Namath is the template of what I felt was the prototype NFL quarterback.  Joe threw for 4,000 yards back when the NFL was a running league.  Joe threw a " pretty " ball,  had the classic drop back style in the pocket, and did these things with SWAG.  Everything about him was swag, even his number "12" which i still feel is the  classic quarterback number.   Before primetime, manziel, ocho cinco, odell beckham  or any of them, there was Joe and Joe is STILL cool as ****...  Steve Barktkowski was my first favorite falcon but Joe was my first favorite player before I even knew who the Falcons were...

THE CLASSIC DROP BACK:

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Joe even STOOD in the pocket cool as ****...

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PERFECTION.  THE PERFECT FORM:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrCR1yn4heM

 

Namath Watches Brown Dance : News Photo

 

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I met Joe Namath a few years ago and asked him about playing against Humphrey and Nobis. He said “Humphrey would chase you and talk smack all day”. Then I asked him about Nobis and he got quiet for a minute like he was thinking back to a specific play and then he slowly said “when Tommy Nobis hit you, everything went dark”. 

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