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.
Time to take a look at the man who best defines an entire decade of Atlanta Falcons offense.
Three Pro Bowls, two more than any other Falcons specialist.
Played more games for Atlanta than any other kicker or punter, 24 more than Morten Andersen.
Punted for 35,633 yards as a Falcon, by far the most ever. (Second and third place punters Billy Lothridge and Dan Stryzinski combined for 36,504.)
This is incredibly depressing, but he holds the NFL single season record for most punts per game. In 1977, a 14-game season, he punted 105 times (that's 7.5 per game, or one punt every eight minutes). His next season proved the Falcons '77 offense was no fluke, as his 109-punt 1978 is fourth on the 16-game list.
Sixteenth on NFL all-time punt yardage list.
Finished in the top seven in yards per punt for six straight years. Led the NFL in punting yardage four times.
Wasn't really that brilliant of a punter. He once led the league in total punting yardage despite only averaging 38.8 yards, and his career average is only seventh on the Falcons' all-time list.
Played three years for the Oilers and one for the Lions.
Some of you may be concerned that he attended the University of Florida and is currently the executive director of Gator Boosters, Inc.