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The Scale of Falconliness: How Falconly Is Deion Sanders?

This man does not care how Falconly you think he is. Is that Falconly?
This man does not care how Falconly you think he is. Is that Falconly?

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 polls are still open for Warrick Dunn's Falconliness assessment, but we're dropping round 2 today because IT'S STILL EARLY-TO-MID JUNE.

Deion Sanders

Falconly Unfalconly
  • One year from now, he'll be the first Falcon in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • He was extremely Atlanta: playing for the Braves, rapping, general music-video stuntery in real life, and writing books about Jesus.
  • The first Falcon to make the Sports Illustrated cover.
  • 96% of his career kick-return yardage came as a Falcon.
  • He also racked up more touchdowns, interceptions, and tackles as a Falcon than he did anywhere else.
  • Lobbied for the Falcons' head coaching job...
  • Has become a mentor to quite a few young football players, such as Noel Devine and Devin Hester...
  • Only a Falcon for five of his 13 seasons.
  • Whined about money his entire time here.
  • In his first game against his former Falcons: claimed the Dome as his property, started slapfights, and high-stepped 50 yards while taunting the whole Falcons sideline.
  • Won two Super Bowls elsewhere.
  • Counting baseball, he played for 11 pro teams -- can anybody really claim this guy?
  • Besides the Florida State Seminoles, of course.
  • ...while Dan Reeves was still employed as head coach.
  • ...but he also played a role in Dez Bryant's senior-year suspension and may have advised Michael Crabtree to hold out for half a season.

Bottom line: Despite his brief tenure, Prime was hands-down the best (and perhaps the most Atlantastic!) player to ever cash a Falcon paycheck. Is that enough to trump his so very many unlikeable traits?