Falcons add 12th member to the Ring of Honor

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The Falcons announced the team is adding to their Ring of Honor, inducting iron man center Todd McClure as the 12th member of the exclusive club.

McClure joins Tommy Nobis, Steve Bartkowski, Claude Humphrey, Jessie Tuggle, Roddy White, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Van Note, William Andrews, Deion Sanders, Gerald Riggs, and Mike Kenn among the Falcons inducted into the Ring of Honor.

He was originally a seventh-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft out of LSU (Geaux Tigers) and quickly became a fan favorite for his rugged style of play. McClure anchored the offensive line through some tumultuous years but also experienced some success, a part of six playoff seasons, including two NFC title games.

He started 195 games over 13 NFL seasons, setting a franchise record for 144 straight starts between 2001-2010. McClure provided stability as the organization transitioned from Michael Vick to Matt Ryan and was instrumental in opening running lanes for three 1,000-yard rushers over his career in Atlanta.

When he retired in 2013, Arthur Blank told members of the media that McClure would one day end up in the Falcons Ring of Honor, and his prediction has come to fruition.

The team announced the ceremony will be held when the Falcons play the Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 30, which is a smart choice. Inducting someone as great as McClure during a game the team has no chance of winning would be embarrassing; this way, McClure could potentially go out with a win.

Photographer: Icon Sportswire
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