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 Post subject: Riggs to join Falcons' Ring of Honor
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http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/atlanta-falc ... ing-honor/

Riggs to join Falcons' Ring of Honor

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Gerald Riggs, the Falcons all-time leading rusher, will become the ninth member to be enshrined in the team’s Ring of Honor, the team announced on Wednesday.

“I received a phone call from a guy, at first I thought it was a joke and thought somebody was impersonating Arthur Blank,” Riggs said. “But, I found out that it was the real deal and he told me that I was going to be put in the Ring of Honor.”

Riggs receive the news last Friday and the ceremony will take place at halftime of the Falcons Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets on October 7.

“It’s great to still be above ground and see it happen,” Riggs said.

Riggs was selected by the Falcons as the ninth overall pick in the 1982 NFL draft out of Arizona State.

He was a three-time Pro Bowler in his seven seasons in Atlanta and finished his Falcons career as the franchise’s all-time rushing leader with 6,631 rushing yards.

Riggs scored 48 career touchdowns, which puts him second in team history in terms of rushing touchdowns and fifth in overall touchdowns.

“Gerald Riggs is without question one of the greatest players in the history of our franchise,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank is in a statement. “He was one of the finest players of his time and left an indelible mark on this club as our all-time leading rusher.”

Riggs finished his career with the Washington Redskins from 1998-1991. He rushed for 8,188 yards and 69 touchdowns over his career.

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I guess our all time rusher should be up there. It will also give Arthur a chance to be on Monday Night Football. (:

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Riggs finished his career with the Washington Redskins from 1998-1991.

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DaveWaz wrote:
Riggs finished his career with the Washington Redskins from 1998-1991.

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Time traveller, huh? :hihi:

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I know the article says that but wasn't he still OUR all time yard gainer that was
accomplished while he was here----if not I'd take my thoughts back. (except the Monday night part)

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RBs, LBs, and DBs historically are the only areas where the Falcons history is rich and consistent with good players at least going back the last 30, 40 years.

Yep, Riggs still tops the charts. Although Turner finished 550 yards shy of him (he would've gotten that likely if he had played this year.

I remember being a kid and going to Redskins games, and seeing the 2-headed backfield of Riggs and Earnest Byner.

Here's a question for you Cyril, since this was before my time. If William Andrews hadn't gotten hurt in 1984, how do you think his and Riggs careers would have played out differently?

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Andrews would have been a HoFmer if he had stayed healthy. He was the complete package and a beast. Riggs and Andrews? Not sure there was enough touches for Riggs if Andrews was healthy.

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Certainly agree with Wease. William Andrews was like Turner and Riggs combined;
he was great!! If Andrews was healthy when we got Riggs then that's why he didn't play much in the beginning of his Falcon career.

Check out his stats----William Andrews Seasonal Statistics:


Receiving Rushing
Year: Team: # Games: Rec: Yards: Y/R: TD: Att: Yards: Y/A TD
1979 Atlanta Falcons 15 39 309 7.92 2 239 1023 4.28 3
1980 Atlanta Falcons 16 51 456 8.94 1 265 1308 4.94 4
1981 Atlanta Falcons 16 81 735 9.07 2 289 1301 4.5 10
1982 Atlanta Falcons 9 42 503 11.98 2 139 573 4.12 5
1983 Atlanta Falcons 16 59 609 10.32 4 331 1567 4.73 7
1986 Atlanta Falcons 15 5 35 7 0 52 214 4.12 1

People don't remember how good he was out of the backfield; those are rather good numbers for yards per carry; considering they knew he was coming... Riggs wasn't nearly as good; he has got more popular since he lives in Atlanta and does a Falcon show after games locally---he's never negative. I don't know why we drafted Riggs 9th in 82; we had so many needs.

In 84 & 85 we were 4-12 without Andrews.. 82 was the strike and they only kept stats for 9 games.

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