The Elite Eight for the cover of our Falcoholic video game, which may or may not feature Dave jumping on turtles, saw Matt Ryan, the current face of the franchise, pitted against the legendary Jessie Tuggle, with Ryan coming out on top. One of the best receivers in Falcons history, Roddy White, went up against arguably the best pass rusher in Falcons history, Claude Humphrey, and Roddy emerged victorious. Hall of Famer Deion Sanders went head-to-head with rising star receiver Julio Jones, and Deion rightfully persevered. The very first player ever drafted by the Falcons, Tommy Nobis, fell to the winningest coach in Falcons history, Mike Smith.
So, our Final Four is established, and these won't be easy decisions. You've got Matt Ryan, the quarterback whose first pass as a pro was a bomb to Michael Jenkins for a touchdown, the quarterback who was instrumental in converting a struggling team that had never posted back-to-back winning seasons into a team coming off of a fifth consecutive winning season that ended in a NFC Championship Game appearance. And, Roddy White, the holder of many Falcons receiving records, as well as leading the entire NFL in receiving yards since 2007.
And, you have Deion Sanders, a legendary cornerback and return specialist who, let's be honest, is probably the actual reason Darrelle Revis wears a Falcons hat. Sanders managed to put up solid numbers at cornerback and on returns while playing baseball for the Braves. He is Atlanta's first, and so far their only, representative in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Taking on Prime Time is Mike Smith, this year's AOL Sporting News Coach of the Year, his third time in five years to receive this distinction, a well-deserved honor for a coach who has been fundamental in Atlanta's transition to a perpetual contender.
Final Four voting is now open. Make your choices, and discuss in the comments!