Top five best running backs in the history of the Atlanta Falcons
Gerald Riggs is the Atlanta Falcons all-time leading rusher, tallying 6,631 yards and 48 touchdowns on 1,587 attempts in seven seasons. He played in 91 games, proving he was durable, a rarity for an Atlanta Falcons running back. He was an absolute monster throughout the 1980s for the Atlanta Falcons, consistently putting up 1,000 yards seasons, with a 1,719 yard, ten touchdown performance in 1985. That same season, he did not fumble it a single time.
Riggs was unstoppable for a time, proving that he was among the NFL’s elite runners. No running back that has played for the organization has been as consistently good, or consistently healthy like Riggs. He was always there when needed and did his best to put this team on his back. He began to slow down a bit at the end of the 1980s, but was still a productive runner, ultimately winning a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins after being traded by the Atlanta Falcons.
He was inducted into the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor in 2013, cementing his legacy as not only the greatest running back in team history, but one of the best players of any position. He, more so than anyone else, is deserving of being called the greatest running back in team history.