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The Scale of Falconliness, Defensive Tackles Mini-Week: Travis Hall

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.

Though he bounced around the defensive line, today's contestant spent most of his time at DT. Your correspondent's favorite Travis Hall moment featured him bellowing "AWW, HORSES***", with maximum lip-readability, on national TV after being dubiously flagged for punching somebody in the eye or something.

Travis Hall, Defensive Lineman (1995 - 2004)

Falconly Unfalconly
  • Ten years and 134 games as a Falcon, both good for 12th all time and first among defensive linemen.
  • 41.5 career sacks, third on the team's all-time list. Turned in at least four sacks in six of his nine years as a starter.
  • During his best season, 1997, he collected 10.5 sacks and made more tackles* than any other NFL player with double-digit sacks.
  • 334 career tackles, the most recorded for any Falcons defensive lineman*.
  • Founded a fitness equipment company that claims to be based in Norcross, Georgia and Lawrenceville, Georgia, all on the same contact page.
  • Inspired someone to create this image.
  • Lives in Duluth, Georgia, instead of his native lands in Alaska.
  • Played his final year for the 49ers.

* Tackles weren't recorded until after the careers of legends like Claude Humphrey and John Zook. Also, the tackle numbers for Moe Gardner and Tony Casillas got ridiculously inflated somehow, so if you go look at the career stats you'll think to yourself, "wow, Tony Casillas was the greatest defensive tackle of all time," and then you'll remember, "no, he wasn't." Seriously, there's no way Tony Casillas ever piled up 150 tackles in a single season -- he probably didn't approach that number in any two seasons. Not even Reggie White ever came all that close to 150 tackles. Curtis Lofton barely broke 100 last year, and he gets to run around instead of facing fat guy double teams. Of course, questioning the Falcons' late-1980s tackle record-keeping calls into question some of Jessie Tuggle's achieveme-LA LA LA NOT LISTENING.

Current standings after the jump: