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1971 Atlanta Falcons

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7-6-1, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.3, Offense: 0.3, Defense: 1.0, SoS: 1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 274 points (19.6/g), 13th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 277 points (19.8/g), 13th.
 Differential of -3 points (-0.2/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 6.9-7.1.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (7-6-1)
 Defensive Coordinator: Marion Campbell

Stadium: Atlanta Stadium
 Training Camp: Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bob Berry 29 6 10 136 for 226, 2,005 yards, 11 td, 16 int, & 19 rushes for 31 yards and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
RB Art Malone 23 1 13 120 rushes for 438 yards, 6 td, & 34 catches for 380 yards and 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 39th pick / 1970
FB Cannonball Butler 28 6 13 186 rushes for 594 yards, 2 td, & 15 catches for 143 yards and 2 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 186th pick / 1965
WR Ken Burrow 23 Rook 14 33 catches for 741 yards, 6 td, & 1 rush for 5 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1971
WR Wes Chesson 22 Rook 14 20 catches for 224 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for -4 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 163rd pick / 1971
TE Jim Mitchell 24 2 13 33 catches for 593 yards, 5 td, & 4 rushes for 25 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
LT Bill Sandeman 29 5 14 1 fumble recovered
LG Andy Maurer 23 1 12 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
C Jeff Van Note 25 2 14 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
RG Mal Snider 24 2 12 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 54th pick / 1969
RT George Kunz* 24 2 14 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 2nd pick / 1969
 Defensive Starters
LDE Claude Humphrey* 27 3 14 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
LDT John Small 25 1 12 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 12th pick / 1970
RDT Glen Condren 29 6 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 19th / 147th pick / 1964
New York Giants / 11th / 152nd pick / 1964
RDE John Zook 24 2 14 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1969
LLB Ron Acks 27 3 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 57th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 16th / 141st pick / 1966
MLB Don Hansen 27 5 14 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 42nd pick / 1966
Miami Dolphins / 7th / 51st pick / 1966
RLB Greg Brezina 25 3 14 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
LCB Ken Reaves 27 5 14 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
RCB Tom Hayes 25 Rook 14 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 137th pick / 1971
SS John Mallory 25 3 11 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 258th pick / 1968
FS Ray Brown 22 Rook 9 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
 Special Teams Starters
K Bill Bell 24 Rook 0 13 of 21 field goals & 29 of 33 extra points Atlanta Falcons / 17th / 428th pick / 1970
P Billy Lothridge 29 7 0 44 punts for a 37.2 average, 1 blocked Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 73rd pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 12th / 95th pick / 1964
PR Willie Belton 23 Rook 0 30 punt returns for a 5.4 average and 0 td
KR Willie Belton 23 Rook 0 28 kick returns for a 25.2 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
52 Ron Acks 27 LLB 14 10 214 6-2 Illinois 10/3/1944 3 5 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 57th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 16th / 141st pick / 1966
54 Grady Allen 25 3 0 225 6-3 Texas A&M 1/1/1946 3 2
37 Bill Bell 24 K 14 0 192 6-0 Kansas 12/9/1947 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 17th / 428th pick / 1970
28 Willie Belton 23 KR 14 0 207 5-11 Md-Eastern Shore 12/12/1948 Rook 2
17 Bob Berry 29 QB 11 10 185 5-11 Oregon 3/10/1942 6 10 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
62 John Bramlett 30 7 0 220 6-1 Memphis 7/7/1941 6 2
50 Greg Brezina 25 RLB 14 14 226 6-0 Houston 1/7/1946 3 7 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
34 Ray Brown 22 FS 10 9 208 6-1 West Texas A&M 1/12/1949 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
82 Ken Burrow 23 WR 14 14 190 6-0 Utah St.,San Diego St. 3/29/1948 Rook 9 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1971
33 Cannonball Butler 28 FB 13 13 194 5-9 Edward Waters 5/4/1943 6 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 186th pick / 1965
45 Sonny Campbell 23 14 1 192 5-11 Northern Arizona 3/5/1948 1 1
81 Wes Chesson 22 WR 14 14 195 6-2 Duke 1/15/1949 Rook 3 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 163rd pick / 1971
88 Glen Condren 29 RDT 12 12 251 6-4 Oklahoma 6/10/1942 6 5 New York Jets / 19th / 147th pick / 1964
New York Giants / 11th / 152nd pick / 1964
84 Mike Donohoe 26 9 0 225 6-3 San Francisco 5/6/1945 3 0 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 225th pick / 1968
63 Dick Enderle 24 14 4 250 6-2 Minnesota 11/6/1947 2 4 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 158th pick / 1969
58 Don Hansen 27 MLB 14 14 235 6-2 Illinois 8/20/1944 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 42nd pick / 1966
Miami Dolphins / 7th / 51st pick / 1966
10 Leo Hart 22 1 0 203 6-3 Duke 3/3/1949 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 59th pick / 1971
27 Tom Hayes 25 RCB 14 14 199 6-1 San Diego St. 4/18/1946 Rook 6 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 137th pick / 1971
87 Claude Humphrey* 27 LDE 14 14 252 6-4 Tennessee St. 6/29/1944 3 6 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
46 Ray Jarvis 22 2 0 200 6-0 Norfolk St. 2/2/1949 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
59 Rudy Kuechenberg 28 3 0 215 6-0 Indiana 2/7/1943 4 2
75 George Kunz* 24 RT 14 14 257 6-5 Notre Dame 7/5/1947 2 9 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 2nd pick / 1969
72 Greg Lens 26 7 4 261 6-5 Trinity (TX) 3/11/1945 1 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 86th pick / 1970
69 Mike Lewis 22 9 0 261 6-4 Wiley,Ark-Pine Bluff 7/14/1949 Rook 2
26 Billy Lothridge 29 P 9 0 194 6-1 Georgia Tech 1/1/1942 7 1 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 73rd pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 12th / 95th pick / 1964
22 John Mallory 25 SS 14 11 184 6-0 West Virginia 7/24/1946 3 6 Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 258th pick / 1968
25 Art Malone 23 RB 13 13 211 5-11 Arizona St. 3/20/1948 1 9 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 39th pick / 1970
89 Randy Marshall 25 6 0 237 6-5 Linfield 12/14/1946 1 2 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 152nd pick / 1970
53 John Matlock 27 12 0 249 6-4 Miami (FL) 10/19/1944 4 3
64 Andy Maurer 23 LG 14 12 265 6-3 Oregon 9/30/1948 1 7 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
20 Tom McCauley 24 4 4 193 6-3 Wisconsin 5/3/1947 2 2 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 253rd pick / 1969
55 Jim Miller 22 14 0 240 6-3 Iowa 7/24/1949 Rook 4
86 Jim Mitchell 24 TE 13 13 234 6-1 Prairie View 10/19/1947 2 8 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
60 Tommy Nobis 28 4 4 240 6-2 Texas 9/20/1943 5 2 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
35 Tony Plummer 24 7 0 188 5-11 Pacific 1/21/1947 1 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 242nd pick / 1970
85 Ray Poage 31 4 1 208 6-4 Texas 11/14/1940 8 1 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 11th pick / 1963
Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 31st pick / 1963
23 Joe Profit 22 4 0 213 6-0 La-Monroe 8/13/1949 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 7th pick / 1971
36 Ken Reaves 27 LCB 14 14 210 6-3 Norfolk St. 10/29/1944 5 6 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
47 Rudy Redmond 24 8 4 196 6-1 Pacific 8/25/1947 2 2 Chicago Bears / 4th / 91st pick / 1969
61 Bill Sandeman 29 LT 14 14 252 6-6 Pacific 11/30/1942 5 7
30 Larry Shears 22 9 0 185 5-10 Lincoln (MO) 8/1/1949 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 267th pick / 1971
11 Dick Shiner 29 qb 10 4 201 6-0 Maryland 7/18/1942 7 2 Washington Redskins / 7th / 87th pick / 1964
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1964
66 John Small 25 LDT 14 12 269 6-4 The Citadel 11/20/1946 1 6 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 12th pick / 1970
67 Mal Snider 24 RG 13 12 251 6-4 Stanford 4/5/1947 2 7 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 54th pick / 1969
80 Todd Snyder 23 4 0 187 6-1 Ohio 10/22/1948 1 0 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 65th pick / 1970
57 Jeff Van Note 25 C 14 14 247 6-2 Kentucky 2/7/1946 2 7 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
5 Harmon Wages 25 14 1 215 6-1 Florida 5/18/1946 3 6
51 Cleo Walker 23 11 0 219 6-3 Louisville 2/7/1948 1 3 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 172nd pick / 1970
71 John Zook 24 RDE 14 14 243 6-4 Kansas 9/24/1947 2 5 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1969
Team Total 25.1 14 220.2 6-1.8 2.4