The Atlanta Falcons have had a tumultuous existence as an NFL franchise, only making the playoffs 12 times in going on 50 years. But when Atlanta has been at its best as a football team, the Falcons have typically had strong offenses. Outside of Jerry Glanville’s 1977 Grits Blitz defense, most of the Atlanta Falcons playoff teams have made it their due in large part to their great running backs and solid quarterback play.
Atlanta doesn’t have the most boastful lineage of great quarterbacks (Cowboys, Colts, Packers immediately come to mind) nor do the Falcons persistently struggle from the quarterback position (Bears, Buccaneers, Lions). The Atlanta Falcons have had their fair share of Pro Bowl passers and well as guys you can’t believe got paid to attempt passes at the professional level.
With the 50th anniversary of the NFL’s expansion to Atlanta, here are the top five quarterbacks to have played in the red and black for the Atlanta Falcons.