The Atlanta Falcons knocked it out of the park by drafting Roddy White with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
Throughout his career, Roddy White was the guy that both Michael Vick and Matt Ryan could count on in big moments. The number of times that White was able to get open on a key third-down or red zone play was truly remarkable.
White knew exactly where he needed to be and what needed to be done. He was selfless throughout his career and made sure that no matter what, he always had his quarterbacks back.
Guys like White don’t come around often. He had the skill set to be one of the all-time greats and the size and strength to bully opposing defensive backs due to his background in wrestling throughout high school.
White is a huge reason why the Atlanta Falcons became contenders, rather than doormats and his stats show just that.
He holds many franchise records that may never be broken. He has the most receiving yards in a half (185), career receiving yards (10,863), receptions in a playoff game (11), most seasons with 1,000 yards (6), career receiving touchdowns (63), career receptions (808) and most career starts (149) and games played (171) for a wide receiver.
He is a beloved figure in Atlanta sports that will always be remembered and adored for his talent and ability on the field, as well as his work with children and families off the field.
So, with his enshrinement into the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor coming Sunday, let’s take a look back at some of his career-defining moments that led to this extraordinary honor.