Top five best running backs in the history of the Atlanta Falcons
Jamal Anderson, when healthy, was a stud. In seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, he ran for 5,336 yards and 34 touchdowns. He was the originator of the “Dirty Bird”, bringing a much-needed attitude adjustment to the organization. The team was confident and it showed. The 1998 season saw the team reach the Super Bowl for the first time ever. Anderson was a big part of that.
That season, he rushed for a franchise-record 1,846 yards and 14 touchdowns on 410 carries. Anderson had the greatest single-season rushing performance in the history of the organization and it solidified his place as one of the league’s best running backs.
Unfortunately, the Super Bowl didn’t go the Atlanta Falcons way, but it was a great season nonetheless and solidified Anderson’s 1998 season as one of the greatest in NFL history.
He ultimately retired after the 2001 season due to an ACL tear and wasn’t the same runner after the Super Bowl loss, but his legacy will continue to live on in Atlanta Falcons lore.