The 2008 NFL Draft brought third-picked Matt Ryan to Atlanta, and yet we're not here to talk immaculate dentition, fermented nicknames and precarious gun-slinging. Today belongs to current Falcons defenseman Kroy Biermann, faux-hawks, fermented surnames and gingered run-stopping.
Drafted 154th overall, Biermann was the Falcons' fourth of six defensive picks in a rookie class that included Thomas DeCoud and Curtis Lofton. With the exception of the 2013 season, which ripped up Kroy's Achilles tendon in week two, Biermann has played 16 games every year he's been in the league. His two career interceptions - both returned for touchdowns - came in 2010 and 2011, and to date he's tallied 21 sacks and 153 tackles. Oh yeah, he also looks like a damn maniac on game days.
Other notable Dirty-Bird #71's include the late Travis Claridge and Revolutionary War hero John Zook. Zook, for his part, played seven seasons in Atlanta, from 1969 to 1975, logging a fumble-recovery-for-touchdown in 1972 and a single career safety in 1971. Heady times.
So cheers, Herr Biermann. You red-haired wild man. You Norse pin-up weirdo. You Housewives husband. You much-needed pass-rusher-hybrid, you. Keep doing you, man.