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Falcons Uniform History: #51 and the speedy, forgotten Demorrio Williams

Remember him?

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Every team's history is littered with quality players who disappear into the ether of forgetfulness once they leave a team. Demorrio Williams is one such player for the Falcons, and he's our pick as the best #51 in the franchise's 50 years.

Williams is forgotten despite playing 64 games in four seasons in Atlanta, putting up 250 tackles, 6.5 sacks, five interceptions and a defensive touchdown as an incredibly speedy pursuit during the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons. He was, like so many of his peers on this list, not a truly great player, but he was a solid-to-good starter in a very talented linebacking corps for several seasons. He would go on to have two solid seasons in Kansas City before becoming a reserve and special teamer later in his nine season career.

There's not a ton of competition here for Williams, with only linebacker Reggie Wilkes (1986-1987, with one extremely productive year coming in '86), and linebacker Jim Laughlin (1980-1982) really standing out from the pack. Nearly 30 players have worn the uniform for Atlanta, however, including legendary roster lamprey Robert James and current linebacker Marquis Spruill, who will hopefully have a long and fruitful career for the Falcons.