You may have noticed a theme in the first few editions of these Falcons uniform history posts. Many of these low numbers have been proudly worn by specialists, like punters and kickers. Well, #6 is no different.
From 1972 to 1981, punter John James wore #6 for the Falcons. James played in 148 games in that span for the Falcons, punting 873 times. He averaged 40.8 yards per punt. James was selected to the Pro Bowl three times over the course of his career.
Ali Haji-Sheikh wore the number 6 in the six games he played in for the Falcons in 1986. Sheikh, a place kicker, converted nine of 12 field goal attempts and seven of eight extra point attempts in those six games.
In 1987, Louis Berry, a punter, wore the number six in two games with the Falcons. Berry punted seven times for a total of 258 yards and an average of 36.9 yards per punt.
And Paul McFadden, a kicker, wore the number six in 1989. In nine games with the Falcons, McFadden completed 15 of 20 field goal attempts and 18 of 18 extra points.
This one's not at all difficult. Based on longevity alone, not to mention the fact that he's a three-time Pro Bowler, the best #6 in history should go to John James.
Your thoughts on the number six throughout Falcons uniform history?