Falcons to honor ex-Pro Bowlers, including Hall, Vick and Crumpler

Former Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, now with the Washington Redskins, gets a warm welcome from Falcons assistant head coach Emmitt Thomas as he returns to the Georgia Dome as a rival during pregame warmups. Things would get messing later.  Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Former Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, now with the Washington Redskins, gets a warm welcome from Falcons assistant head coach Emmitt Thomas as he returns to the Georgia Dome as a rival during pregame warmups. Things would get messing later. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com


FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons plan to honor all of the former Pro Bowl players during Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome.

The team, through a spokesman, denied a report on ProFootballTalk.com which stated that they didn’t plan to honor defensive back DeAngelo Hall, who got into a sideline tussle with the Falcons head coach Mike Smith last season.

The Falcons will give each player, more than 30, their jerseys, a helmet and a football. They plan to send the gifts to Hall, Michael Vick and Alge Crumpler, all former Pro Bowlers who play with other teams now.

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Ree Roe

September 29th, 2010
9:49 pm

Great news, although they coulda left D Hall off. Alge has always been a class act & despite his previous transgressions, it’s great to see Mike getting his life together & playing outstanding football.

-REEad it to Roe!!

gsimp00

September 29th, 2010
9:58 pm

Classy move by the Falcons!

Falcon's Fishman

September 29th, 2010
10:02 pm

The Falcons a pure class and glad to see we remember the past greats. i am happy that mike has things going well. he sure made alot of plays for falcons fans.

mike

September 29th, 2010
10:06 pm

Four greatest Falcons ever: Sanders, Kenn, Tuggle, Vick.. Nuff said!

mark

September 29th, 2010
10:08 pm

mike – Favre, Deion, Vick, Tuggle

Reid Adair

September 29th, 2010
10:08 pm

Well done by Arthur Blank, Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons.

RomeDawg

September 29th, 2010
10:20 pm

Mike Vick set our franchise back atleast 5 years! I wouldn’t honor him by pissing his name in the snow! He is a dog killing (a tale tell sign of serial killers) piece of trash that had ZERO respect for life. He disgraced the Falcons countless times (flipping the fans off, the water bottle, Ron Mexico, admitting he quit trying when the Falcons weren’t gonna make the playoffs, lying to Blank) and we honor him? What a joke. He is a piece of crap thug who has never truly been sorry for anything he has done. He doesn’t deserve the gift he was given and it is truly a shame to see how his career has been meaningless.

tjhook

September 29th, 2010
10:21 pm

“Jam” Anderson, Tuggle, William Andrews, and Vick. Deion gets honorable mention because he didn’t stay in uniform for a long period.

tjhook

September 29th, 2010
10:24 pm

Vick’s 75% was better than almost everybody else’s effort. Not saying he’s my favorite, just respecting his performances.

RomeDawg

September 29th, 2010
10:25 pm

How good could Atlanta have been had we just kept that pick and took Tomlinson? How many times has Vick been a Pro-bowler compared to LT? Who all did we lose when we took Vick, meaning other picks traded to move up to get him? We may have taken someone different than San Diego but I remember seeing a couple of years ago that the players used from that had a major influence to them being good for several years.

RomeDawg

September 29th, 2010
10:26 pm

tjhook,

When your leader plays at 75%, the rest of the team will play at 75%.

Basjordan

September 29th, 2010
10:32 pm

Van Note, Kenn, Andrews, Tuggle…deion didn’t play long enough vick did us dirty…go matt ryan

Hard hittin' Kenny Johnson

September 29th, 2010
10:33 pm

TJ – don’t forget about

1. Steve Bartkowski
2. Alfred “streakin” Jenkins
3. Kenny Johnson
4. Junior Miller
5. eh hem…Chris Miller, often times sacked by his shadow
honorable mention – Scott “just in” Case, Fulton Kykendall, Bobby Butler, Aundray Bruce

get real

September 29th, 2010
10:34 pm

To H#ll with Vick and Hall.

al

September 29th, 2010
10:36 pm

RomeDawg, I hope you feel better, but I doubt it. It’s killing you that everybody dont feel the venom you feel towards Vick.

Hard hittin' Kenny Johnson

September 29th, 2010
10:38 pm

Basjordan’s close – JVN, Bartkowksi, Tuggle, Kenn and PRIME TIME…Vick is #6. He did create huge buzz for Atlanta – I have been to too many home games where the Falcons were in the minority. Vick is the only player who ever changed the Atlanta band-wagoners, whether we like it or not.

Deion in the house

September 29th, 2010
10:40 pm

ATL – this is the blog that I built!

gcs

September 29th, 2010
10:40 pm

That is one celebration I will not be joining.

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Jason

September 29th, 2010
10:45 pm

Faclons have a poor error in judgment in honoring Vick after all that he did and what he put our fans and city through. He does NOT deserve to be honored in any way, shape or form. Let the Eagles honor him if they want.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 29th, 2010
10:47 pm

Deion in the house — Thanks for dropping by. How’s the nation’s capital treating you?

RomeDawg

September 29th, 2010
10:51 pm

al,

You may be right? I don’t see how anyone doesn’t completely despise someone that kills something innocent with no real way to defend itself, for no good reason, but…if it makes you feel better to support or defend a useless piece of sh*t, it’s America and that’s your option.

I had hoped the Commish was gonna make sure he NEVER played another down in the NFL but he crumbled under the weight of political groups such as the Rainbow Coalition and the cronies who still care what Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson think.

Wasting talent is the worst of all things to waste and Mike Vick is a complete waste of talent.

JD

September 29th, 2010
10:52 pm

Tommy Nobis/Claude Humphrey/Steve Bartkowski/Williams Andrews/Mike Kenn
Billy “White Shoes” Johnson can keep going on and on.

The Eagles QB not even in the top 10.

al

September 29th, 2010
10:56 pm

RomeDawg;
WHATEVER !

Roscoe

September 29th, 2010
10:56 pm

Roscoe

September 29th, 2010
10:58 pm

Tommy came up while I was typing.

Icenupe

September 29th, 2010
11:00 pm

RomeDawg, you displayed your ignorance as soon as you asked what did the Falcons give up to get Vick. I’ll tell u, it was a swap from the Falcons picking at #5 to move up to #1. The Falcons traded Tim Dwight and a second round pick the following year to complete the deal. And just so you know, the Falcons were not interested in drafting a running back that year. The had Jamal Anderson. The names they were interested in included Justin Smith and Leonard Davis. Know your facts instead of revisionist history.
Vick’s story is about redemption. He paid his debt to society and continues to speak against dogfighting for the Humane Society. Maybe someday when u fall flat on your face u will remember the lack of humility and compassion you displayed.

Get Real

September 29th, 2010
11:08 pm

Hall wouldn’t see the ceremony anyway, he’d be looking into a backfiled getting burned.

Get Real

September 29th, 2010
11:10 pm

…on the other hand, if superthug 7 is getting honored, character clearly doesn’t matter. Give D-Hall the jersey.

jim

September 29th, 2010
11:15 pm

Don’t forget about Cannonball Butler and Ernie Wheelright.

notty dred

September 29th, 2010
11:34 pm

Dear Mike Vick, u got haters hatin’ again. Welcome back!!!!!

P.s. Top 5 Falcons 1. Vick the QB, 2. Nobis, 3. Tuggle, 4. Deion, 5. Vick the RB
http://www.tnspsportsnet.com

ReddJonn68

September 29th, 2010
11:43 pm

Our fans really su*k on here. If you are a top notch character organization, you don’t stoop to the levels of low-lifes, you take the high road !!! Just due is just due, we are honoring on the field accomplishments, stop hating & get a life. In case any of you fools haven’t heard Mike Vick said Arthur Blank was one of the first ppl to call him up a cpl of weeks ago to congratulate him on his success ! Get off the short yellow bus Haters.

ReddJonn68

September 29th, 2010
11:49 pm

@ RomeDawg since you are not racist & care so much why don’t you start a soup kitchen out of your back yard !!! For record since his return to society, Vick has donated more time to charities than you have your entire life.

DHM JR

September 29th, 2010
11:56 pm

#1 Steve Bartkowski
#2 William Andrews
#3 Jessie Tuggle
#4 Mike Kenn
#5 Jeff Van Note

DHM JR

September 30th, 2010
12:21 am

Vick had to donate time to charities because he is and always will be an, admitted, FELON!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 30th, 2010
12:22 am

HERE’S A LIST OF ALL THE ALL-PROS AND PRO BOWLERS:
http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/atl/all-pros.htm

DHM JR

September 30th, 2010
12:30 am

ReddJonn68 you are the one who S_CKS!!!!

Don

September 30th, 2010
12:56 am

Who is Ken Johnson? My top 5 is Humphrey,Kenn,Sanders,Nobis and Tuggle.

My fav Falcon...

September 30th, 2010
1:10 am

William Andrews with Claude Humphrey, Nobis, Bartkowsky, Morton Anderson and Billy Whiteshoes and Deon in there somewhere.

Mike Kenn and Van Note should not be forgotten.

33theburner33

September 30th, 2010
1:17 am

Vick might be one of the most entertaining falcons ever…but he lost his chance at being the greatest. Can believe we’re honoring that P.O.S.

33theburner33

September 30th, 2010
1:17 am

33theburner33

September 30th, 2010
1:19 am

Rolland Lawerence was a pimp at CB. An all time great corner.

theight

September 30th, 2010
1:20 am

Reguardless of what any of you people say, Vick changed this organization. Excluding the superbowl year in 1998, nobody thought about looking at falcons games. I remember being laughed at for being a fan of a lousy team. Vick not only changed the falcons, he changed the game. Baseball was about to take over until Vick came into the league.
@RomeDawg: Have you notice how many innocent Pitbulls have killed innocent people since the Mike Vick incident? Do you bother to care? If you haven’t realized, google it and see.

P. Bull Terrier

September 30th, 2010
1:32 am

Vick and Sanders may be among the most talented Falcons ever, but neither would rate among the four greatest Falcons ever.

1. Humphry
2. Kenn
3. Nobis
4. Tuggle
5. Van Note
6. Andrews
7. Deon
8. Brooking
9. Bartkowski
10. Vick

Fralic, Kunz, Rison, Crumpler & Riggs could all make a case for the Top 10 too. Ryan, White, and Turner will be knocking on the door in a few years.

P. Bull Terrier

September 30th, 2010
1:42 am

theight – Credit for changing the organization goes to Arthur Blank. Vick was a unique talent and caught the public attention, but he clearly couldn’t handle the success at the time.

Vick didn’t change the game any more than the Wildcat offense. It took teams a little while to figure out how to defend against Vick’s speed, but once one team figured it out, everyone else followed and Vick wasn’t nearly as effective. A few QB’s with speed got a chance in the NFL after Vick, but none made much of an impact. Even Vick’s recent success is more a result of him learning to play as a more traditional QB. Vick didn’t change the game, he had to change to fit the game.

dcobbsports

September 30th, 2010
3:07 am

I am more than disappointed in you all that are so unforgiving in regards to Michael Vic. Who are u to decide who is worthy of being forgiven? Regarding his legacy, since his final admission of guilt, his efforts have appeared to be noble. What motivated him to confession? That we do not really know, we can only assume, but God says he will humble all. So he admitted to being humbled, and he has payed his debt to society. Know I know these forums are for entertainment, but the fact is God’s words and commandments are meant for recreation or entertainment. As you judge and don’t forgive, not some things, everything, in your individual past will not be forgiven. Thus as you feel comfortable holding continuing to hold the sword over his head, every we lie, every act, time we wished bad on our brother, everytime we did not LOVE OUR ENEMY, every time we were late for work, every act of fornication, all sins against us will not be forgiven,and we will be judged the same way!!, So every time a man apologiezes and we dont forgive, The sin in essence is transfered to us.

scottbravesfan

September 30th, 2010
3:33 am

Yeah I’m pretty sure Claude Humphry is the greatest Falcon of all time. Deion was good but Claude was a monster.

Dr. Warren

September 30th, 2010
5:14 am

Would have to say that in 1998 Jamaal Anderson had the best single season of any player in Falcons’ history, with Michael Turner’s 2008 coming in a close second.

Najeh Davenpoop

September 30th, 2010
5:25 am

“How good could Atlanta have been had we just kept that pick and took Tomlinson?”

Vick: 1 NFC championship game, 2 playoff appearances in 4 full seasons starting for the Falcons
Tomlinson: 1 AFC championship game, 5 playoff appearances in 9 full seasons starting for the Chargers

If you go by the raw numbers, Tomlinson is more successful. If you factor in the fact that Tomlinson has played a lot more than Vick, Vick has been at least as successful at making the playoffs.

“How many times has Vick been a Pro-bowler compared to LT?”

Vick: 3 Pro Bowl appearances in 4 full seasons as Atlanta’s starter
Tomlinson: 5 Pro Bowl appearances in 9 full seasons as San Diego’s starter

Again, if you look at the raw numbers, Tomlinson is more successful. If you factor in that Tomlinson has played a lot more, Vick has been able to make the Pro Bowl at a higher rate.

“Who all did we lose when we took Vick, meaning other picks traded to move up to get him?”

The Falcons traded the 5th overall pick (Tomlinson) in the 2001 draft, the 5th pick of the 3rd round (Tay Cody), and wide receiver Tim Dwight. Tomlinson, as you know, is one of the best running backs of his era. Cody was out of the league in 3 years, and Dwight never equaled his 1999 career high stats with Atlanta anywhere else in his NFL career. So, to answer your question, not much besides Tomlinson, and certainly much less than other teams have given up to make similar trades (the Giants, for example, gave up picks used on three Pro Bowlers to trade up three spots to pick Eli Manning).

It’s easy to say in hindsight that Tomlinson wouldn’t have gotten arrested and as a result would have been a better pick, but if you are trying to argue that Tomlinson is the better player, the results — both in terms of wins and Pro Bowl appearances — disagree with you.

HATinGA

September 30th, 2010
5:26 am

6 Falcons on that 1980 team Gr8 year I was 11yrs old and they made me a falcons fan! Thanks guys Well Done!!

Najeh Davenpoop

September 30th, 2010
5:26 am

Also, very classy move on the part of the Falcons to do this, and especially to look past the not-so-happy divorces with Vick and Hall and include them in the festivities.