Atlanta Falcons’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
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The Atlanta Falcons have been an NFL franchise since 1966, and they have made it to (and lost) exactly one Super Bowl. In the current decade (I am writing this in 2009) the Falcons have been much more competitive than ever before, first with Michael Vick and now with Matt Ryan and Michael Turner leading the way. Either way, the Falcons’ receivers have always put up decent numbers, and here is a list of their all-time Top 10 in receiving yards:
Terance Mathis (7349)—Terance Mathis began his career with the Jets but played most of it in Atlanta, from 1994 to 2001, and was part of the only Falcons’ team to reach the Super Bowl (1998 season). Mathis leads the franchise all-time with 7349 receiving yards, and his best season was his first with the Falcons, 1994, which was also his lone Pro Bowl selection. That year, Mathis had career highs in receptions (111), receiving yards (1342) and touchdown catches (11).
Alfred Jenkins (6267)—Alfred Jenkins played his entire career in Atlanta, from 1975 to 1983. He ranks second in team history with 6267 receiving yards, and made the Pro Bowl twice, once as a first team All Pro in 1981. That was also Jenkins’ best season, with career best numbers in receptions (70), receiving yards (1358) and TD catches (13). The yards and catches also led the NFL that season.
Andre Rison (5633)—Journeyman receiver Andre Rison played five seasons in Atlanta, from 1990 to 1994, and in that short time racked up 5633 receiving yards, ranking him third all-time for the Falcons. Rison made the Pro Bowl four of his five seasons in Atlanta, including a first team All Pro selection in 1990. But his best season overall was 1993, with 86 receptions for career highs in yards (1242) and touchdown catches (15, led the NFL).
Jim R. Mitchell (4358)—Tight end Jim Mitchell played his entire career in Atlanta, from 1969 to 1979, and ranks fourth in the team’s history with 4358 receiving yards. Mitchell made the Pro Bowl twice, and his best season was 1970, when he had career highs in catches (44), receiving yards (650) and TD receptions (6). He also rushed the ball five times for 23 yards and one more score that season.
Michael Haynes (4220)—Michael Haynes played most of his career in Atlanta, from 1988 to 1993 and again in 1997. Haynes ranks fifth in franchise history with 4220 receiving yards, and his best season was 1991, with 50 catches for career highs in receiving yards (1122) and touchdowns (11). Haynes’ 22.4 yards per catch that season was a career best and also led the NFL.
Alge Crumpler (4212)—Tight end Alge Crumpler was a favorite target of Michael Vick for several years, and he played in Atlanta from 2001 to 2007 before signing with the Titans in 2008. Crumpler made the Pro Bowl four times in Atlanta, and ranks sixth in Falcons’ history with 4212 receiving yards. Crumpler’s best season was 2005, when he had career highs in receptions (65) and receiving yards (877) with 5 touchdown catches.
Wallace Francis (3695)—Wallace Francis played most of his career in Atlanta, from 1975 to 1981, and ranks seventh in team history with 3695 receiving yards. Francis had his best season in 1979; with career best numbers in catches (74), receiving yards (1013) and TD receptions (8).
Bert Emanuel (3600)—Bert Emanuel played the first four seasons of his career in Atlanta, from 1994 to 1997, and ranks eighth in Falcons’ history with 3600 receiving yards. Emanuel had his best season in 1995, when he caught 74 passes for a career high 1039 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Roddy White (3536)—Roddy White is one of the NFL’s most explosive receivers and has been improving each season since coming into the league in 2005. White has played the first four seasons of his career with Atlanta, and ranks ninth in franchise history already with 3536 receiving yards. His best season so far was 2008, when he made the Pro Bowl with career highs in receptions (88), receiving yards (1382) and TD catches (7).
Stacey Bailey (3422)—Stacey Bailey played his entire career in Atlanta, from 1982 to 1990, and ranks tenth in team history with 3422 receiving yards. Bailey had his best season in 1984, with career highs in receptions (67), receiving yards (1138) and touchdowns (6).