When trying to come up with Atlanta Falcons Hall of Fame players, you may struggle to come up with a list of the guys who have played for the franchise over the years and gone on to enshrinement in Canton. But there have been a few who have played for the team and later received football's greatest honor. Below is a brief overview of the Hall of Famers who spent at least a little time on a Falcons roster.
Deion Sanders (1989-1993):
The only player currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame to spend a significant portion of his career with the Falcons is legendary cornerback and return man Deion Sanders, who was selected by the team with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1989 NFL Draft. "Neon Deion", as he was known coming out of Florida State, was an electrifying return man on special teams, and shut down half the field on defense as one of the best one-on-one cover men the game has ever seen. And his highlight reel performances early in his NFL career quickly earned him the moniker "Prime Time".
An incredibly versatile talent, Sanders also occasionally lined up on offense as a wide receiver.
After leaving the Falcons, Sanders also played for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Ravens. A solid baseball player as well, he spent time playing the outfield for four Major League Baseball franchises. He finished his football career with 53 interceptions, and set an NFL record with 19 touchdowns combined on interceptions, kick returns, and punt returns. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Eric Dickerson (1993):
One of the greatest running backs in NFL history, Dickerson had a cup of coffee with the Falcons in 1993 after being traded to the Falcons for a sixth round draft pick. He played mainly in a backup role, and was again traded following the fourth game of the season. He failed a physical with the Green Bay Packers following the second trade and deciding to call it a career.
He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
Tommy McDonald (1967):
Like Dickerson, McDonald, who was the last non-kicker to play in the NFL without a facemask, spent just one season with the Falcons before moving on to the Cleveland Browns. The former wide receiver, who was originally selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third round of the 1957 NFL Draft, had 33 receptions for 436 yards and four touchdowns for the Falcons in what was the twilight of his career.