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1972 Atlanta Falcons

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7-7-0, NFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.9, Offense: -2.3, Defense: 0.4, SoS: -1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 269 points (19.2/g), 16th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 274 points (19.6/g), 14th.
 Differential of -5 points (-0.4/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 6.8-7.2.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (7-7-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Marion Campbell

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

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bob Berry 30 7 14 154 for 277, 2,158 yards, 13 td, 12 int, & 24 rushes for 86 yards and 2 td Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
RB Art Malone 24 2 14 180 rushes for 798 yards, 8 td, & 50 catches for 585 yards and 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 39th pick / 1970
FB Dave Hampton 25 3 11 230 rushes for 995 yards, 6 td, & 23 catches for 244 yards and 1 td Green Bay Packers / 9th / 220th pick / 1969
WR Ken Burrow 24 1 14 29 catches for 492 yards, 5 td, & 3 rushes for 3 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1971
WR Wes Chesson 23 1 13 18 catches for 338 yards, 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 163rd pick / 1971
TE Jim Mitchell* 25 3 14 28 catches for 470 yards, 4 td, & 2 rushes for 19 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
LT Bill Sandeman 30 6 14
LG Andy Maurer 24 2 14 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
C Jeff Van Note 26 3 14 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
RG Dennis Havig 23 Rook 14 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 189th pick / 1971
RT George Kunz* 25 3 14 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 2nd pick / 1969
 Defensive Starters
LDE Claude Humphrey*+ 28 4 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
LDT Chuck Walker 31 8 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 12th / 157th pick / 1963
Buffalo Bills / 22nd / 172nd pick / 1963
RDT Mike Lewis 23 1 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
RDE John Zook 25 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1969
LLB Don Hansen 28 6 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 42nd pick / 1966
Miami Dolphins / 7th / 51st pick / 1966
MLB Tommy Nobis* 29 6 14 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
RLB Greg Brezina 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
LCB Ken Reaves 28 6 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
RCB Tom Hayes 26 1 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 137th pick / 1971
SS Ray Brown 23 1 13 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
FS Clarence Ellis 22 Rook 13 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 15th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Bill Bell 25 1 0 16 of 30 field goals & 31 of 31 extra points Atlanta Falcons / 17th / 428th pick / 1970
P John James 23 Rook 0 61 punts for a 42.8 average, 0 blocked
PR Willie Belton 24 1 0 17 punt returns for a 6.5 average and 0 td
KR Dave Hampton 25 3 11 25 kick returns for a 21.4 average and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 9th / 220th pick / 1969

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
54 Grady Allen 26 14 0 225 6-3 Texas A&M 1/1/1946 4 3
37 Bill Bell 25 K 14 0 192 6-0 Kansas 12/9/1947 1 1 Atlanta Falcons / 17th / 428th pick / 1970
28 Willie Belton 24 PR 14 0 207 5-11 Md-Eastern Shore 12/12/1948 1 0
51 Duane Benson 27 14 0 215 6-2 Hamline 8/5/1945 5 3 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 280th pick / 1967
17 Bob Berry 30 QB 14 14 185 5-11 Oregon 3/10/1942 7 10 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
50 Greg Brezina 26 RLB 14 14 226 6-0 Houston 1/7/1946 4 6 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
34 Ray Brown 23 SS 14 13 208 6-1 West Texas A&M 1/12/1949 1 5 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
82 Ken Burrow 24 WR 14 14 190 6-0 Utah St.,San Diego St. 3/29/1948 1 6 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1971
81 Wes Chesson 23 WR 13 13 195 6-2 Duke 1/15/1949 1 4 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 163rd pick / 1971
88 Glen Condren 30 10 8 251 6-4 Oklahoma 6/10/1942 7 3 New York Jets / 19th / 147th pick / 1964
New York Giants / 11th / 152nd pick / 1964
32 Ray Easterling 23 8 0 195 6-0 Richmond 9/3/1949 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 223rd pick / 1972
29 Clarence Ellis 22 FS 13 13 193 5-11 Notre Dame 2/11/1950 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 15th pick / 1972
68 Ted Fritsch 22 14 0 242 6-2 St. Norbert 8/26/1950 Rook 3
31 Willie Germany 24 12 0 192 6-0 Morgan St. 5/9/1948 Rook 3 Washington Redskins / 7th / 166th pick / 1971
65 Len Gotshalk 23 14 0 259 6-4 Humboldt St. 10/21/1949 Rook 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 186th pick / 1971
43 Dave Hampton 25 FB 13 11 210 6-0 Wyoming 5/7/1947 3 11 Green Bay Packers / 9th / 220th pick / 1969
58 Don Hansen 28 LLB 14 14 235 6-2 Illinois 8/20/1944 6 7 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 42nd pick / 1966
Miami Dolphins / 7th / 51st pick / 1966
56 Dennis Havig 23 RG 14 14 253 6-2 Colorado 5/6/1949 Rook 6 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 189th pick / 1971
27 Tom Hayes 26 RCB 14 14 199 6-1 San Diego St. 4/18/1946 1 6 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 137th pick / 1971
87 Claude Humphrey*+ 28 LDE 14 14 252 6-4 Tennessee St. 6/29/1944 4 11 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
6 John James 23 P 14 0 197 6-3 Florida 1/21/1949 Rook 3
46 Ray Jarvis 23 4 0 200 6-0 Norfolk St. 2/2/1949 1 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
59 Noel Jenke 26 1 0 221 6-2 Minnesota 12/17/1946 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 303rd pick / 1969
75 George Kunz* 25 RT 14 14 257 6-5 Notre Dame 7/5/1947 3 8 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 2nd pick / 1969
40 Ron Lamb 29 7 0 225 6-2 South Carolina 2/4/1943 4 0 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 190th pick / 1966
69 Mike Lewis 23 RDT 14 14 261 6-4 Wiley,Ark-Pine Bluff 7/14/1949 1 6
25 Art Malone 24 RB 14 14 211 5-11 Arizona St. 3/20/1948 2 14 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 39th pick / 1970
77 Rosie Manning 22 3 0 256 6-5 NE State (OK) 5/31/1950 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1972
64 Andy Maurer 24 LG 14 14 265 6-3 Oregon 9/30/1948 2 6 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
83 Larry Mialik 22 14 0 226 6-2 Wisconsin 5/15/1950 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 12th / 302nd pick / 1972
55 Jim Miller 23 2 0 240 6-3 Iowa 7/24/1949 1 2
86 Jim Mitchell* 25 TE 14 14 234 6-1 Prairie View 10/19/1947 3 6 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
60 Tommy Nobis* 29 MLB 14 14 240 6-2 Texas 9/20/1943 6 9 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
35 Tony Plummer 25 14 1 188 5-11 Pacific 1/21/1947 2 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 242nd pick / 1970
23 Joe Profit 23 8 3 213 6-0 La-Monroe 8/13/1949 1 1 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 7th pick / 1971
44 Eddie Ray 25 7 0 240 6-2 LSU 4/5/1947 2 0 Boston Patriots / 4th / 83rd pick / 1970
36 Ken Reaves 28 LCB 14 14 210 6-3 Norfolk St. 10/29/1944 6 6 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
61 Bill Sandeman 30 LT 14 14 252 6-6 Pacific 11/30/1942 6 6
30 Larry Shears 23 1 1 185 5-10 Lincoln (MO) 8/1/1949 1 2 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 267th pick / 1971
66 John Small 26 9 2 269 6-4 The Citadel 11/20/1946 2 3 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 12th pick / 1970
80 Todd Snyder 24 14 1 187 6-1 Ohio 10/22/1948 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 65th pick / 1970
7 Pat Sullivan 22 14 0 198 6-0 Auburn 1/18/1950 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 40th pick / 1972
57 Jeff Van Note 26 C 14 14 247 6-2 Kentucky 2/7/1946 3 6 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
79 Chuck Walker 31 LDT 9 4 250 6-3 Duke 8/10/1941 8 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 12th / 157th pick / 1963
Buffalo Bills / 22nd / 172nd pick / 1963
71 John Zook 25 RDE 14 14 243 6-4 Kansas 9/24/1947 3 7 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1969
Team Total 25.1 14 223.1 6-1.7 2.4