Who are the Top 5 Running Backs of All-Time for the Falcons?

SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 15: Running back Gerald Riggs #42 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes for yards past linebacker Todd Shell #90, defensive back Carlton Williamson #21 and Dwight Hicks #22 of the San Francisco 49ers during a game at Candlestick Park on September 15, 1985 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 35-16. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 15: Running back Gerald Riggs #42 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes for yards past linebacker Todd Shell #90, defensive back Carlton Williamson #21 and Dwight Hicks #22 of the San Francisco 49ers during a game at Candlestick Park on September 15, 1985 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 35-16. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) /
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Over the next week few weeks, we’re going to be reminiscing about the past and ranking the top 5 players by position for the Falcons all-time.

Although the Falcons don’t have the rings to show for it or even the success to show for it, some very good players have played for this organization. Because it’s the offseason, we’re going to be deciding the top 5 players by each position for the Atlanta Falcons.

SAN FRANCISCO – SEPTEMBER 15: Running back Gerald Riggs #42 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes for yards past linebacker Todd Shell #90, defensive back Carlton Williamson #21 and Dwight Hicks #22 of the San Francisco 49ers during a game at Candlestick Park on September 15, 1985 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 35-16. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO – SEPTEMBER 15: Running back Gerald Riggs #42 of the Atlanta Falcons rushes for yards past linebacker Todd Shell #90, defensive back Carlton Williamson #21 and Dwight Hicks #22 of the San Francisco 49ers during a game at Candlestick Park on September 15, 1985 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 35-16. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images) /

Top 5 by Position:

  • Quarterback
  • Running back (Today)
  • Offensive Line
  • Wide Receiver
  • Defensive Line
  • Linebackers
  • Cornerbacks
  • Safeties
  • Special Teams

Unlike the quarterback position, the Falcons have had good running backs since Dave Hampton. In recent years, Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have been great but neither of them have played long enough for me to include them on this list. Despite the omission, ranking a historically good position for the Falcons is challenging but I’ve attempted to do it!