Top five Atlanta Falcons Offensive Linemen in team history
Van Note’s 18-year tenure with the Falcons remains the longest in team history to date. Van Note was the anchor of the offensive line at center and played on some horrible Falcons teams.
Van Note missed only four games in his NFL career. The six-time Pro Bowler remains to this day one of the all-time franchise’s favorite players.
While some Falcons players from years past are not on this list, these top five players were clearly anchors on the offensive line, were workhorses and ironmen during their careers. They also displayed leadership both on and off the field.
These players may have not received the praise they deserved throughout the league, due to playing on some terrible Falcons teams. It can also be argued that Van Note, Kenn, and Fralic should all be NFL Hall of Fame players.
One thing all of these players have in common is how disciplined, meticulous and locked in they were when they played. This is something that is rarely seen in today’s game on any offensive line.
Van Note also played on 4 playoff teams. The Falcons went 1-3 in those games. He snapped the football to an amazing 14 different quarterbacks during his Falcons tenure.
Van Note didn’t play for the money, but for the love of the game. A different game in a different time, he earned only $12,000 when he was a rookie. He played on only one really good team, which was the 1980 team that went 12-4.
The five Atlanta Falcons offensive linemen were the best in team history. All five exuded toughness, passion, and leadership. They were everything you’d want in your starting offensive line as they helped build chemistry and cohesion.
They will all be remembered for being workhorses and ironmen on the football field, in a day and age where it went more unnoticed compared to today’s game.