Meet the Atlanta Falcons
Meet the key members of the 10-6 Falcons. Atlanta heads to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to take on the Giants in the wild card round of the playoffs.
Click on each player's name to see season and career stats.
Abraham, a four-time Pro Bowler, was named to the Jets’ All-Time Four Decade Team in 2003. The players on the team, including Joe Namath, Curtis Martin, Don Maynard and Marty Lyons, were selected by fans.
Bryant, the Falcons’ kicker, is the only current Falcon to have played for Big Blue. Bryant played for the Giants from 2002-03, and was the kicker on the infamous botched snap during the Giants’ 39-38 loss to San Francisco in the 2002 divisional round.
After intercepting just one pass in three seasons at Cal, DeCoud has picked off eight passes in his four-year NFL career. He set a career-high with four interceptions during the 2011 season.
Douglas isn’t the only member of his family playing in one of the big four professional sports. His brother, Toney, is a guard for the Knicks.
During the 2011 NFL lockout, Edwards made his professional boxing debut in Minnesota. He won by unanimous decision against TJ Gibson on May 20.
Gonzalez, the Falcons’ only Pro Bowler in 2011, is second behind Jerry Rice on the NFL’s career receptions list. He has caught 1,149 passes over his 15-year career.
In addition to several football awards in high school, including being named a Parade All-American, USA Today All-American and Alabama’s Gatorade Player of the Year, Jones was named Alabama’s 2006-07 Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Lofton, who led the Falcons with 147 tackles in 2011, was open about his disappointment in not being named to the Pro Bowl. He said, “If it’s based off of stats, me and [Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon] should have been in there.”
Robinson has been fined three times in his career: $25,000 in 2009, for writing “PAY ME RICK” on his shoes, directed at Texans GM Rick Smith; $50,000 for an illegal hit on DeSean Jackson in 2010; and $40,000 for an illegal hit on Jeremy Maclin in 2011.
Rodgers is one of the NFL’s two shortest players; both he and Darren Sproles are listed at 5-6. His uncle, Michael Lewis, played for the Eagles, 49ers and Rams.
In 2008, Ryan and Joe Flacco became the first two rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to start all 16 games of the regular season and at least one playoff game.
In Turner’s first game with the Falcons in 2008, he broke the franchise’s single-game rushing record, running for 220 yards against the Lions.
Like Harry Douglas, Weatherspoon is related to a New York basketball star. His second cousin, Teresa Weatherspoon, played point guard for the New York Liberty from 1997-2003.
Weems said that Darrelle Revis is the best defender he has ever faced, and that Roddy White is the best offensive player he’s played with.
White caught six passes for 113 yards and a touchdown in UAB’s only college football bowl game in program history. UAB lost to Hawaii, 59-40.