Q&A: Todd McClure wants a Super Bowl ring

Center Todd McClure is coming back for one more season. (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com)

Center Todd McClure is coming back for one more season. (Curtis Compton/CCompton@ajc.com)

Center Todd McClure, the player his teammates affectionately call “Mud Duck”, agreed to a one-year contract with the Falcons on Tuesday.

He called to chat after reaching his new deal with the team.

McClure, the former seventh round pick out of LSU in 1999, in the Q&A talked about his desire to get a Super Bowl ring, new offensive line coach Pat Hill and his pending battle with Joe Hawley to retain his starting position.

Q: How did it feel to get this contract done today?

A: It felt great. I’ve been here my whole career. To finish up with the Falcons that was big for me and my family. I’ve got four kids and a wife. To stay in one place for my whole career, that’s was huge.

Q: Is getting to the Super Bowl the driving force behind your return?

A: Yeah, that’s one of the biggest driving forces right there. That’s one game that I haven’t been in my career, the Super Bowl. I think that would be a great way to finish my career and that’s my intention. That’s one of the reasons that I want to come back because of the guys that haven’t had that opportunity to play in the big game.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank had a warm greeting for veteran offensive lineman Todd McClure. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Falcons owner Arthur Blank had a warm greeting for veteran offensive lineman Todd McClure. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Q: How tough was it battling through the knee injury last season and can you stay healthy next season?

A: Yeah, that was tough at the beginning. If you look at my career, I think it speaks for itself. I’ve been able to stay healthy for a long period of time. I just had a minor setback with that knee. Once I came back, I was good to go. I’m looking forward to getting through this year healthy and going out and being able to contribute to this team.

Q: How are the free agency moves looking from your vantage point? Can y’all get back to the top of the division and make that playoff run?

A: I think so. We’ve got a good core group here. We just have to get over that hump. I think we’re going to be in that game again, we’re going to have that opportunity again in the playoffs if we go out and play like we’ve been doing the past few years. When we get to that game, we can’t put any added pressure on ourselves. We just have to go out and have everybody execute their jobs and get that win.

Q: Have you talked to coach Pat Hill yet and do you have a sense for him?

A: I have. I talked to him briefly before free agency started and as a matter fact right before I called you, he called. I’m going to call him next. He seems like a real fiery guy. A guy that’s anxious to get back in the league and get back in the NFL. It ought to be really interesting to see the new techniques and the new things he’s going to bring to help us out up front.

Q: Did they say you were starting or competing with Joe Hawley for the starting spot?

A: D. Led, they’ve tried to replace me every since I’ve been here. I’ve always come out on top. I tell my family, I’m the best investment Arthur Blank has ever made. I know he’s made a lot of money at Home Depot and in other ventures, but for the price, I’ve been the highest yield. I play for cheap and I’m always consistent. I’m just going to do what I’ve always done. If I’m a starter, I am. If not, then I will support Joe Hawley. But I’m going out and giving them everything that I have.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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76 comments Add your comment

ClassicFalcons

March 27th, 2012
7:19 pm

Welcome back MudDuck! Now stay healthy!

stauff

March 27th, 2012
7:22 pm

This is a step in the right direction.

Open Minded

March 27th, 2012
7:22 pm

Wish we had a dozen more just like him!

joewhite

March 27th, 2012
7:44 pm

Thank you god

AsylumGuido

March 27th, 2012
7:47 pm

If he truly wanted a ring why did he stay in Atlanta?

sam

March 27th, 2012
7:47 pm

Hey D. Led, with McClure now back and Loftin gone, what unsigned free agents are left for the Falcons?

Khaos

March 27th, 2012
8:03 pm

“I’m the best investment Arthur Blank has every made.” I love McClure’s swagger. The line play looked totally different when he was injured.

Fire Smitty and Dimitroff

FalconRed

March 27th, 2012
8:20 pm

Glad to see this happen!

Mave

March 27th, 2012
8:27 pm

Any restructures going on for Ovie, Mike T, etc?

coleski

March 27th, 2012
8:39 pm

Hooray for Mac being back.

JSS

March 27th, 2012
8:43 pm

Nothing but chuckles here, Green Bay (Saturday) and even the Rams (Wells sans GB) improved, and the Falcons have a battle between other teams potential 2nd string centers!!!

Paddy

March 27th, 2012
8:46 pm

This is a real good sign by the Falcons. Your can’t have too many guys like Mcclure on your team. When paul Brown started the Bengals in their first draft he pick a center. He said, the center touches the ball just as much as the qb. Anderson was the center, he may be in the hall of fame?

Mikefalcon63

March 27th, 2012
8:59 pm

One of a few true football players in this league… Wish we could have signed him to a 3 year deal out of respect. Glad to have him back.

drew

March 27th, 2012
9:14 pm

t mac totally chokes in the playoffs… he always changes up something for the big games, ie that stupid red mohawk, and it always comes back to haunt him. i say hand it over to the young guy so he can get some xp. im tired of this organization drafting OL and not putting them on the field. Reynolds, hawley, valdez, johnson, jackson, never really got any kind of chance, reynolds is a right tackle and they put him at gaurd? of course he would fail. why didnt they keep dahl instead of clabo, we had a backup for clabo!

How Funny

March 27th, 2012
9:24 pm

If he wanted a super bowl ring he should have signed with another team, it’s not going to happen with us.

1danielbell

March 27th, 2012
9:29 pm

I’d hate to have the sort of life that inspired negative comments on such a positive Q&A.

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Najeh Davenpoop

March 27th, 2012
10:08 pm

Should have gotten rid of his old butt. The Hawks never would have wasted money on a washed up player like this!

Terrence X

March 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

no Jim Otto here but a nice sign

Whopper Dawg

March 27th, 2012
10:23 pm

Bet on Mud Duck as the starter. Glad to have him back!!

Swinging Richard

March 27th, 2012
10:32 pm

Should have cut that geezer. TD should be fired tomorrow. Idiot.

JSS

March 27th, 2012
10:43 pm

Hey Paddy…
How many playoff games did Bob Johnson play in?

sports genius 21

March 27th, 2012
10:45 pm

glad hes back and the idiot that said fire smitty ru stupid GO FALCONS!

Fred Macmurray

March 27th, 2012
10:52 pm

JSS, why do you have to be such a party pooper.

Fred Macmurray

March 27th, 2012
10:53 pm

I mean come on,, it was the least they could do,, and it was.

Fred Macmurray

March 27th, 2012
10:55 pm

Najeh,, wrong blog son,,, this is a Falcons thread.

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PMC

March 27th, 2012
11:18 pm

Fantastic answers, great interview

ernisTbass

March 27th, 2012
11:19 pm

Pawn Stars have super bowl rings, not enough for the whole team but first come first served

John

March 27th, 2012
11:41 pm

Glad to have you back. Go Falcons Go

Nique

March 27th, 2012
11:45 pm

i like his attitude, but still don’t like the move! Feel like Joe at this point in his career is ready to take over & while either way for depth reasons this makes since on some level, i think this money could have been better spent elsewhere!

FalconJim

March 27th, 2012
11:47 pm

Welcome back T Mac…..the best center in Falcon’s history!!! Hope you do get that ring…

SawThat1nce

March 28th, 2012
12:36 am

IF, the Falcons can beef that OLine up, they could win it all.
They need a stronger pass rush also.

lowdownjj

March 28th, 2012
12:43 am

Mudduck is an ATL Icon. Glad to have him back. Love the swag!

tjhook

March 28th, 2012
7:09 am

Najeh, stick to the Hawks’ blog. Sprinkling salt on the Falcons for retaining a guy who has successfully performed for us for over a decade is a good thing. It reflects once again that the franchise endears itself to the athletes that play for them. The team addressed what was considered a problem (play scheme, play calling) and only 16-plus games will play out whether this was the issue or was it player-related (Ryan, offensive line, defense).

tjhook

March 28th, 2012
7:10 am

The sprinkling salt comment was intended to say sprinkling salt was a bad thing; Rewarding McClurre was a GOOD thing.

Really?

March 28th, 2012
8:11 am

Fire this one, cut that one, get rid of the coach, get rid of the GM etc… I hope you all are self-employed or that your bosses are way more generous with you than you are with other people’s lives and livelihoods. What a bunch of a##hole$. Glad you think you are smarter than the coaches and GMs. why not try for their jobs if you are. Really embarrassing to read uneducated, knee jerk, thoughtless drivel from most of you… really..

Joey

March 28th, 2012
8:34 am

“Todd McClure wants a Super Bowl ring?”
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Why did he re-sign with the Falcons?

MongoTaz

March 28th, 2012
8:38 am

For those nay-sayers who aren’t shy about expressing their disappointment the Birds haven’t done more in the off-season. I for one, trust in TD & crew. Not only do the Falcons have 2 new coordinators (a HUGE updgrade from seasons past), but the off season’s far from over. after the draft, many top notch players in the league may be on the chopping block that could be Atlanta bound for a nice deal. when all is said & done, the Birds will be very competitive, if not more so than before- remember last year the Eagles won the off-season trophy, where did it get them? Games aren’t won on paper– they’re won on TV.

ASHCAN

March 28th, 2012
8:46 am

Todd mac,no superbowl with this team.Should have took your chances in free agency.

jalex49

March 28th, 2012
8:50 am

I am really glad to see McClure come back to the Falcons and when he retires a few years down the road-he deserves a banner in the Georgia dome. Speaking of banners, why aren’t there more banners in the Georgia dome recognizing the great players who have played for Atlanta? The teams may have been bad but some of the players were great. There’s plenty to pick from!!

I like Lofton a lot, but I’m really dissappointed he signed with the Saints. Thanks to all who resigned with the Falcons.

I hope the Falcons get some help for McClure and Hawley on the offensive line. There a still some quality free agents available. Go Falcons!!

D man

March 28th, 2012
9:00 am

Ok, we made it out of free agency in pretty good shape only losing 2 key players in Lofton and Weams. Now let’s go get that ring mud duck speaks of. Go FALCONS!!!!

SawThat1nce

March 28th, 2012
9:26 am

Mr. Dimitrof, strenghten that OLine.

SawThat1nce

March 28th, 2012
9:28 am

Get a quicker, stronger pass rush, while you’re at it.
Go Falcons!

Sid

March 28th, 2012
11:03 am

So what does everyone think the Falcons will do at the NFL Draft with the #55 pick…..?

I say Tight End………………….

loyal falcon

March 28th, 2012
11:04 am

You can say what you want, but I believe in this team and organization. I’m glad we have Todd back in the fold. Let’s get one for Todd,Tony and Abe! Go Falcons

Sid

March 28th, 2012
11:05 am

And glad to have you back “Mud Duck”. Trust me, woud love to see that ring shine on you…..!!

Not a Falcon fan

March 28th, 2012
11:16 am

I agree, if he wants a ring, should have NOT signed with the falCANTS !!!!!!!!!

ronhen24

March 28th, 2012
12:05 pm

Mud Duck is the man up front. Glad to see him back. Why in the world are all the non-Falcon fans on our website? Apparently, they are really worried about the Falcons beating their teams. Yes, I am talking to the crawfish from the Bayou! Find something else to do beside pay your players to hit someone. GO FALCONS GO!