Several Falcons have a shot at the Pro Football Hall of Fame
There haven’t been many Falcons elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the sport’s highest honour. Claude Humphrey is the name that comes to most minds as he is the oldest Falcons player to be registered in Canton. Deion Sander, Tony GonzalezMorten Anderson and Bobby Beathard all spent time in Atlanta, but contributed more to other organizations.
Well, that could soon change. Thursday, the Professional Football Hall of Fame announced a list of senior semi-finalists and coaches/contributors for the Class of 2022, which includes a number of former Falcons – Mike Kenn, Tommy Nobis, Matthew clay Jr., Billie Johnson, Chris Hinton, george kunz, Dan Reevesand Rich McKay.
Kenn was the Falcons’ longtime tackle, starting 17 consecutive seasons for the team. Nobis, who was nicknamed Mr. Falcon, was the team’s first overall pick and had a poor reputation as a linebacker. Billie “White Shoes” Johnson popularized dancing in the end zone and was electric with the ball in her hands. Kunz spent time with the Colts and Falcons but was a bulldozer of an offensive lineman; it was traded for a pick that became Steve Bartkowski.
Matthews ended his career in 1995 and was the oldest player to ever record a sack. Hinton was also another stud offensive lineman. Reeves is probably the most notable coach in team history, one of only two men to lead the Falcons to a Super Bowl. McKay was a former general manager and current team president (not a huge fan, so I’ll leave it at that).
The franchise has an excellent chance of seeing at least one of these people inducted into the Hall, but all of them deserve this honor.