The Incredible Roddy White

FLOWERY BRANCH GA - JULY 30: Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons runs drills during opening day of training camp on July 30 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Roddy White is the best receiver in Atlanta Falcons history. There, I said it.

I'm not going to pretend that Roddy's not a bit of an enigma at times. He drops passes stone statue could catch. He mouths off too much. He's not, in short, the perfect wide receiver. He also doesn't have all the franchise records yet, thanks to the spectacular Terance Mathis.

Yet I think it's worth celebrating what Roddy has done to this point with the Falcons, the only team he's ever played for. After the end of the season, he will have tied Brian Kozlowski for fourth on the career list in games played. If he plays a full season in 2012, he'll pass both Mathis and Brian Finneran.

He's currently 60 receptions behind Mathis—again, something he'll easily pass with another good season—as well as 170 yards and 12 touchdowns. Roddy may not be a great wide receiver for the remaining three seasons on his contract, but he'll have to completely implode or break every bone in his body not to have every major franchise record for a wide receiver.

The fact that he's done that without superior size (six foot seven) and truly top end speed makes it all the more remarkable. White's been the favored wide receiver of Chris Redman and Matt Ryan after his two poor seasons with Michael Vick at the helm, and he's gotten open continually by running smart routes, breaking sharply and having fantastic awareness of how a play is developing around him.

I bring this up now because White and Ryan just broke the career touchdown record for a passer and receiver, and White seems likely to own the yardage record by the end of the season. After a rough start to the season and a couple of drop-happy games, White's been every bit as good as he's ever been. The fact that he's 30 makes it even more remarkable.

What's your opinion on White's place in Falcons history, and what will his career look like when it's all said and done?

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