You've probably heard players, coaches, fans, writers, and announcers say things like these:
- "That guy's a true Celtic."
- "The ultimate Yankee."
- "The definitive Pittsburgh Steeler."
- "She perfectly represents UConn."
- "Not just a Miami Hurricane; he's the Miami Hurricane."
- "Sigh... typical Raider."
This crossed my mind -- what does it mean to embody the Atlanta Falcons? Who's the ultimate Falcon? Which players and coaches most evocatively represent this franchise and city -- not necessarily the best players, but the most quintessentially Falconic? (And who's the ultimate anti-Falcon? Who's least worthy of being called a Falcon?)
That's what we're going to find out with our summer project: the Scale of Falconliness. We'll rate former Falcons on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most Falconly. I'll keep a chart as we go, showings who's been ranked where.
Let's kick it off with a tough one:
Bottom line: Very good player -- and more importantly, great man -- but when you're reviewing the Hall of Falconliness, how willing are you to overlook the following image: