McClure Retires

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McClure Retires

Postby dirtybirdnw » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:39 pm

Well... This is about as official as it gets:

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One of the most storied careers in Falcons’ lore has come to an end.
Center Todd McClure, who labored in the trenches of the NFL for 13 seasons and 197 games, plans to file his retirement papers with the league office. He said he will announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday.
McClure was drafted in seventh round (237th overall) of the 1999 draft. He missed his rookie season with a knee injury, but in 2000 he cracked the starting lineup.
McClure, an Alex Gibbs disciple, won battle after battle to retain his job and stayed as the center through four coaching administrations as he snapped for head coaches Dan Reeves, Jim Mora, Bobby Petrino and Mike Smith.
McClure. 36, signed a modest one-year contract to continue playing last season. He started 17 of 18 games and helped the Falcons reach the NFC championship for the second time during his tenure.
In 2010, McClure made his 129th consecutive start, breaking a club record held by linebacker Keith Brooking, who made 128 straight starts for Atlanta before moving on to Dallas after the 2008 season.
Falcons Ring of Honor center Jeff Van Note played 18 seasons and amassed 225 starts, but not consecutively. He played from 1969 to 1986, beyond his 40th birthday
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Re: McClure Retires

Postby DaveWaz » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:01 pm

Todd will be missed, solid player for a long time. He was never great but he was always average to good depending on the system, and very reliable. He'd probably make a good O-line coach somewhere, someday.
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Re: McClure Retires

Postby samedi » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:53 pm

Here, now?

While he needs to let time begin to heal his body, his mind is still perfectly good. I wouldn't make him the OL coach, but as an assistant? If he hates it, he doesn't have to stay, but who would be better to break down film for Konz than the guy who just did the same job and was best known for his intelligence?

I'd really like to see Tony back for a year or two just to demonstrate the mindset of a hall of fame player. They might not need this if they pick up his replacement this year, but G and DE are immediate needs.

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