Gerald Riggs has the most rushing attempts in Falcons history, the most rushing yards in team history, and the second-most touchdown. By almost any objective measure you care to cook up, Riggs is one of the three or so best running backs ever to don a Falcons uniform, and you can make a solid case for him being the best ever. At the moment, only Michael Turner and William Andrews can really compete, though Devonta Freeman hopes to be on that list sooner than later.
It’s pretty fitting, then, that Riggs is set to be inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame next Friday. He’s a true great.
Former #Falcons RB Gerald Riggs will be inducted into The Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame at their 14th annual awards and induction ceremony on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. pic.twitter.com/ornN7LKyWL— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) February 9, 2018
Riggs was an absolute workhorse in Atlanta, posting over 1,000 carries over a three season span and chewing up yardage along the way. Jamal Anderson had the single greatest running back season in team history, Andrews might have been the best pure runner the Falcons ever had—until injury wrecked his career—and Turner had an insanely dominant stretch, but Riggs was just generally terrific. Watch the touchdown run below if you want a sense of how fast and big Riggs was, especially in the early 80s.
Congratulations to Gerald Riggs!