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Atlanta Falcons’ All-Time Passing TD Leaders
The Atlanta Falcons came into the NFL in 1966, and while the franchise has made it to the Super Bowl just once, losing to John Elway’s Broncos after the 1998 season, they have sure fielded some great players, especially quarterbacks. Also, though the franchise suffered through a few decades of lean years, they were ignited by the drafting of Michael Vick and now have Matt Ryan, Michael Turner and Roddy White leading the team. Here is a short list of the Falcons’ all-time passing touchdown leaders to date:
Steve Bartkowski (154)—Steve Bartkowski was the face of the franchise for a long time, playing for the Falcons most of his career, from 1975 to 1985. Bartkowski ranks first in team history with 154 touchdown passes, and his best season was 1980. That year, Bartkowski threw for 3544 yards with a career high 31 touchdown passes (led the NFL) and 16 interceptions, on his way to his first of two Pro Bowl selections.
Chris Chandler (87)—Chris Chandler played for Atlanta from 1997 to 2001, and ranks second in franchise history with 87 TD passes. Chandler had his best season in 1998, leading the Falcons to a 13-1 records and a Super Bowl berth. That year, he threw for career highs in passing yards (3154) and TD passes (25) with 12 picks. Chandler also led the NFL in yards per completion that year with a 16.6 mark, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second straight year.
Chris Miller (87)—Chris Miller played for the Falcons from 1987 to 1993, and he ranks tied for second with Chandler with 87 touchdown passes in a Falcons’ uniform. Miller’s best season was his Pro Bowl year of 1991, when he threw for 3103 yards and a career high 26 touchdown passes, with 18 interceptions.
Michael Vick (71)—Michael Vick played for Atlanta from 2001 to 2006, and his career in Atlanta was de-railed because of a dog-fighting ring he was involved with that resulted in jail time. Vick is now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles as I write this in 2010, but he had some great years in Atlanta. Vick ranks fourth in Falcons’ history with 71 TD passes, and his best season there was 2006, when he threw for 2474 yards and a career high 20 touchdown passes with 13 picks. Vick also rushed for a career best 1039 yards that season.
Bob Berry (57)—Bob Berry played for the Falcons from 1968 to 1972, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 57 touchdown passes. Berry’s best season was arguably 1970, when he threw for 1806 yards, with a career high 16 TD passes and 13 interceptions.