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The Scale of Falconliness, Running Backs Week: Bob Christian

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.

Fun fact: only 12 running backs in Falcons history played enough seasons with the team to qualify for inclusion. Most other position groups range from 19 to 25, with offensive line boasting the biggest ranks. Quarterbacks and kickers offer seven each. End of fun fact.

No, we aren't voting on all of them. Not this time around, at least.

Bob Christian, Fullback (1997 - 2002)

Falconly Unfalconly
  • Played more games as a Falcon than any other running back in the history of humanity, believe it or not, paving the way for Jamal Anderson's record-setting success. Even though he was smaller than Jamal Anderson.
  • In addition to being a tremendous blocker and the most Dan Reevesly player ever -- whether the metric is playing style, era of service with the team, off-field conduct, first and last name, or haircut -- accumulated about 25 yards from scrimmage per game.
  • Only missed three games in six years.
  • I seriously can't imagine post-retirement Bob Christian and Dan Reeves not hanging out every day of their lives while never gambling.
  • Part of the 1998 Super Bowl team and 2002 NFC Championship game playoff team.
  • Throughout his career, went on mission trips to Zimbabwe and did other neighborly stuff.
  • The best blocking fullback in team history? Uh, yeah. You'd mention Ironhead Heyward or William Andrews; I'd remind you Ironhead played halfback here for some reason, and Andrews played when fullbacks were often featured ball-carriers.

Current standings after the jump: