clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Which Falcons should join the Ring of Honor?

New, comments

We’re going to throw out four names.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons are in one of the prime eras in their history, which is why there are suddenly a lot of good players who are deserving of recognition for their talent and production. Some of them even deserve to be in the team’s Ring of Honor, which the team does in lieu of retiring numbers. You can see current inductees here.

Here’s four players who should be under consideration for the Ring of Honor in the near future.

Roddy White

The team’s leading receiver in all the categories that matter, a consummate professional and inveterate trash talker, and a man who did so much to get Matt Ryan’s career started right and Julio Jones up to speed, knowing full well that #11 was eventually going to surpass him as the team’s top receiver. His career in Atlanta didn’t end the way anybody wanted, but he’s got to be in the Ring of Honor. Got to.

Michael Turner

Williams Andrews and Gerald Riggs are both in the Ring of Honor, but Turner has the second-most rushing yards and most rushing touchdowns in team history and was the catalyst for multiple playoff teams. His Falcons career was a pretty short one, but he had some of the greatest years in team history.

Jamal Anderson should be in this discussion, as well, for arguably the greatest single season in Falcons history. I suspect that one will prove to be more complex, but he deserves mention.

John Abraham

The team’s leading sack artist was a force of nature in his prime and the team’s lone quality pass rusher for several years, and thus deserves serious consideration here. There’s a weird anti-Abraham sentiment in some corners of the fanbase, but the team’s defense was hugely reliant on him for a long time.

Chuck Smith, the team’s second-leading sack artist and a part of one of the best defenses in team history, also deserves the look.

Jonathan Babineaux

This is not going to happen for a while, given that Babineaux could actually be back for the Falcons this coming year. Babs has been durable, steady, and is near the top of the team’s very sad list of top sack artists, all of which is worth something. The fact that he’s been one of the most underrated defensive tackles in the NFL over his career is also worth a great deal.

Who would you add to this list?