Atlanta Falcons: Franchise player

August, 18, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

 
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 Deion Sanders was voted the greatest player in Falcons history.

Readers' pick: Deion Sanders, CB

I read what the voters had to say and my first instinct was to argue. Really hard. Deion Sanders as the best player in Falcons' history? Come on. Sanders was nothing more than a traveling circus and he wasn't even in Atlanta that long.

But what's my alternative? Michael Vick? I can't -- and won't -- do that.

This is when it really kicks in that the Falcons don't exactly have a glorious history.

I'd like to make a case for Keith Brooking or Jessie Tuggle or even Tommy Nobis. They each went to a bunch of Pro Bowls. But they're linebackers and didn't come with a lot of flash.

I guess I have no choice to agree and go with Sanders. He was, after all, a great cover corner and return man. But he didn't have longevity with the franchise and he was an attention seeker.

There's a part of me that hopes Matt Ryan or Michael Turner or someone (anyone, please) on the current roster has a great career so we don't have to go with style over substance when we talk about the greatest Falcon.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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