Greater than 9 years after the staff promised it might occur, former Atlanta Falcons middle Todd McClure has lastly been named to the staff’s Ring of Honor.
Affectionately often called the “Mud Duck,” McClure will be part of franchise greats like Deion Sanders, Tommy Nobis, Claude Humphrey, Steve Bartkowski and his former teammate, Roddy White, within the Ring of Honor this season. His induction is about for October 30’s residence sport in opposition to the Carolina Panthers.
After years of wondering when the staff would make good on the promise proprietor Arthur Clean made to McClure when he retired in early 2013, the Falcons have lastly positioned the one of many franchise’s finest offensive linemen in staff historical past proper, the place he belongs.
Alongside Alex Mack and Jeff Van Notice, he’s one of many few franchise greats at middle for the staff, delivering 13 years of stellar play at one of many line’s most necessary place. His means to information the way in which for a younger Matt Ryan up entrance is a deeply underrated issue for Ryan’s early, and extended, success. The previous Falcons QB actually couldn’t have requested for a greater individual to have at middle to begin his time in Atlanta, and McClure deserves a lot credit score for that 2008 renaissance.
“It was nice second that introduced again a number of emotion,” McClure advised media after the announcement was made Thursday (via the mothership). “There was a number of blood, sweat and tears given to this group and for them to honor me is big. It’s really an honor, one thing I’ll cherish the remainder of my life.
“While you go to opposing stadiums and see the ring of honor, you acknowledge it. Children will now go into our stadium and see my title. They could must Google it – hopefully one thing comes up – however that’s so big. I by no means would’ve thought that, after my time right here, I’d be with such an elite group of fellows. I’m very proud. I really feel very lucky.”
Actual good on the Falcons for lastly making this occur. Whereas there are people who find themselves already deserving of a spot (Bob Whitfield, Jamal Anderson, Terence Mathis, Tony Gonzalez, Matt Bryant, perhaps even Michael Vick), seeing the staff notch McClure, certainly one of its best-ever gamers. in its everlasting ring after in any case these years positive does offer you a smile.
You work Ryan, Julio Jones and Grady Jarrett will slot proper in quickly after their careers finish, however who could be subsequent? Look ahead to Gonzalez, a Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer who would make a number of sense to make the staff’s Ring of Honor after he helped elevate them to perennial playoff contenders for a couple of years there. That’s our greatest guess, at the very least.
For Mud Duck, congratulations from all of us at The Falcoholic. We’ve all been ready a very long time for this announcement, and we couldn’t be extra thrilled to lastly see him honored in such an enduring method.
Everybody, break out your best, Saints-trolling “Choppa Style” dance and need McClure a cheerful Ring of Honor choice!
And, at all times bear in mind. Nothing move ‘till you snap like Mud Duck.