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Throwback Thursday: Remembering former Falcons RB Gerald Riggs

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Reminisce about the Falcons of old

Hey Falcoholics, I’m back with another edition of The Falcoholic’s Throwback Thursday series.

This weekly segment highlights a former Atlanta Falcons player and discusses what they did for the franchise. Whether you’ve been a fan since the inaugural season, or just became a fan recently, this series will give insight on players from the past. So let’s begin.

If you’ve missed the past two segments, they were on Jessie “The Hammer” Tuggle and Tommy “Mr. Falcon” Nobis. This is the first segment highlighting a player from the offensive side of the ball, with none other than running back Gerald Riggs.

Gerald Riggs was born on November 6, 1960 in Tullos, La. He attended school in Las Vegas, Nev. at Bonanza High School where he was a bruising and durable runner.

After graduating from Bonanza in 1978, Riggs took his talents to Arizona State University to play at the collegiate level. After playing in a reserve role for a few years, Riggs got his opportunity to start in 1981. That season, he scored six touchdowns and had 891 rushing yards in 11 games for the Sun Devils.

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With the No. 9 overall pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, Gerald Riggs was selected by the Atlanta Falcons. His NFL career took off as he scored 45 rushing touchdowns in his first 6 seasons with the Falcons.

During his time in Atlanta, Riggs made the Pro Bowl three times and rushed for 6,631 yards, making him the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. Prior to the 1989 season, Riggs was traded to Washington, where he played for three seasons. In 1991, his final NFL season, Riggs led Washington to a 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI.

Gerald Riggs currently has the most rushing attempts, rushing yards, and the second-most rushing touchdowns in Atlanta Falcons history. Riggs was inducted into the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor in 2013, and the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.

Well, that’s all for today’s Throwback Thursday. Share some of your favorite memories of Gerald Riggs below. As always, you can find me on Twitter @EvanBirchfield. Thanks for reading, Falcoholics.