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.
Let's face it, family: we're not going to make it all the way through all the worthy names in Falcons history this time around. We haven't made it to John Zook, Bob Whitfield, or Scott Case yet, among several others, so it's safe to say we'll be back to evaluate more in the future. We can pick it back up next offseason and maybe work through a couple during the bye week, but this week will probably be about the end of Round 1.
Of course, there are two names we couldn't finish Round 1 without. Today's isn't one of those two, but he is a nice young man who once played alongside Lawrence Taylor at UNC.
Buddy Curry, Inside Linebacker (1980 - 1987)
- Eight years as a Falcon. No years as a non-Falcon. Except for the ones before he joined the NFL.
- In his first seven years, missed only one stretch of games.
- 1980 Defensive Co-Rookie of the Year, along with his Falcons linebacking associate Al Richardson.
- Still lives in Atlanta I think, doing good deeds, being fan-friendly at draft parties, running a local football camp, and hanging out with teammate Bobby Butler.
- The internet also alleges he runs some sort of business here.
- Endured almost the entire '80s, the lost decade of Falcons football history.
- Never was thought of as the most incredible football player of all time -- isn't near the Falcons leaderboards in any stat, and earned no Pro Bowls or any other kind of distinction after 1980.
- Some of you may be concerned that his son plays for Auburn.
Current standings after the jump: