Since that date, some of the most respected and well-liked players in NFL history have come through the Falcons’ organization.
While every Falcons fan has their favorite player, the team wanted to know which player is the definitive all-time fan-favorite. So the AtlantaFalcons.com and Ford have teamed up for the Fans’ Favorite Falcon legacy series, which began July 1.
Eighteen of the top players to ever wear a Falcons uniform were identified with the help of the fans on the FalconsLIFE Message Board and a committee of Falcons staff, and those players were then ranked by the committee based on the legacies they left with the franchise.
Players had to play with the Falcons for at least three seasons and be completely retired from the game to be considered.
Fans were then asked to vote on their favorite Falcons player in head-to-head matchups to determine which would move forward in the NCAA Basketball Tournament-style bracket.
The first round of voting was completed last week, with more than 7,100 fan votes registered. Moving forward to the second round were: top seed Jessie Tuggle, running back William Andrews, center Jeff Van Note, quarterback Steve Bartkowski, wide receiver Terance Mathis, cornerback Deion Sanders, linebacker Tommy Nobis and running back Jamal Anderson.
Fans get 48 hours to vote on each match-up before a winner in each head-to-head is determined. All winners are announced during a results show on AtlantaFalcons.com after each round.
The second round of voting begin today, Tuesday, July 12, with No. 1 Jessie Tuggle vs. No. 9 William Andrews.
The final winner of the Fans’ Favorite Falcon legacy series, presented by Ford, will be revealed during the final week of July.
For more information, go to www.atlantafalcons.com/favoritefalcon.
YOUTH LEAGUE FOOTBALL: The Spalding County Parks and Recreation Department will begin football registration on from10 a.m., until 2 p.m., on Saturdays between July 16-Aug. 6 at the City Park Community Center.
A birth certificate must be presented at sign-ups. The age control date is the player’s age as of Sept. 1, 2011.
Any youth registering must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All registrants must be weighed at registration.
Fees are $65 for aged 7-12 and $45 for ages 5-6.
Football equipment will be issued during registration. Alternatively, equipment can be obtained Aug. 9, 11, 16 or 18 from 3-8 p.m.
For more, call Angie Stokes or Robby Milner (770) 467-4750.
SPALDING HIGH CHEERLEADING CAMP: The Spalding High School’s varsity cheerleading squad will offer a two-day Beginning/Intermediate Summer Cheer Camp from 9 a.m. until noon July 21-22 at the Spalding High Gym.
Cost is $50 for the camp which is for girls ages 6-12.
Due to limited spots, you must pre-register on July 18th or 19th at Spalding High School between 10 a.m., and 2 p.m.
Please bring your money during pre-registration to hold your child’s spot. For more, contact coach Shannon Thompson at Shannon.Thompson@gscs.org.
YOUTH SOCCER CAMP: A free youth soccer camp will be offered for all youth ages 6-12 and 13-and-older at the City Park Community Center July 18-19 and at the Fairmont Community Center July 20-21. The 6-12 camp times will be from 9-11 a.m. all four days; the 13-and-older camp times will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. all four days. Please register on-line or at the community centers by July 11.
No cleats will be needed, as the campers will be playing indoors on a gym floor at both community centers. Please wear non-marking soles. Each player will receive a free t-shirt, ball, shin guards and a tote bag provided by the Griffin Youth Soccer Association. Coaching will be provided by the Griffin Excel coaching staff and transportation will be provided by Spalding County Parks and Recreation.
The Atlanta Silverbacks men’s professional soccer team will speak and work with the campers on July 19 and 20.
For more info, call the Spalding County Parks and Recreation Department at (770) 467-4750.
SPALDING HIGH CROSS COUNTRY: Any boy or girl that would like to run cross country for Spalding High this coming season, please contact coach Dolores Owen at (770) 891-6937 or DL1435@aol.com.
You can be a middle school student or high school student to participate. Spalding High has a middle school running program.