Who's the ultimate Falcon? And who's the ultimate anti-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. The rule: minimum of three seasons with the Falcons for coaches, five seasons for players.
Rolland Lawrence, Cornerback/Returner (1973 - 1980)
- Eight years as a Falcon. Never did he miss a game, and never were his talents employed in the service of another NFL team. More games than any other cornerback.
1977 All Pro, Pro Bowl, Falcons Player of the Year. I say again: he was the team-elected Player of the Year for the greatest statistical defense in NFL history, sure. But it was a defense that left its corners isolated like none other in history. First rule of gameplanning, insane defensive coordinators edition: you don't blitz nine freaking guys unless you have an absolute shutdown corner, and even then you only do it when you're at your craziest which is every other play since you're Jerry Glanville. Revis Island is a gotdamn archipelago compared to Lawrence Planet THIS SENTENCE MADE NO SENSE.
- Also contributed to the 1978 and 1980 playoff teams.
- All-time Falcons interceptions leader with 39. That record's safe for a while, folks -- he's 32 ahead of the highest current Falcon. Record-holder for pick return yards, too.
- Nine interceptions in 1975, the second-best single season in Falcons history. In fact, Lawrence had five of the top 16 picksiest Falcons seasons. Kind of sounds like pixiest. I apologize, Mr. Lawrence.
- Top ten in return yardage in 1976.
- Also played a little baseball and basketball, making him at least somewhat Deion Sandersly and Brian Jordanly.
- Answers to "Bay." Though he lives in Pennsylvania, he still makes it out to Atlanta from time to time.
- A man of peace.
- Why don't you just let us know when you find something that belongs here.
Current standings after the jump: