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Which Falcons belong in the Hall of Fame?

There are some deserving candidates who haven’t made it yet.

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Yesterday, we saw Morten Andersen become the third former Falcon to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was an incredible honor for him, and a cool thing for every Falcons fan.

While these players are deserving, there are still plenty of Falcons who should have a bust in Canton that haven’t come close to getting in. This question from SB Nation NFL sparked me to think of who I’d put up there if asked.

As I see it, there are a few worthy candidates, but five jump readily to mind. They are, in no particular order:

  • Mike Kenn, who was a durable, excellent tackle for two decades, all with the Falcons
  • Jeff Van Note, who had the same kind of remarkable career as Kenn, just at center
  • Tommy Nobis, a superstar linebacker who was probably one of the two or three best of his generation, but flew under the radar
  • Jessie Tuggle, who was impossibly great and is my favorite player, which should be enough for the voters
  • John Abraham, who isn’t eligible yet but is a slam dunk choice in my mind

Aside from Kenn and Abe, I can’t see any of these guys getting in, but I remain hopeful. Who would you choose?