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1973 Atlanta Falcons

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9-5-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.9, Offense: 2.3, Defense: 3.5, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 318 points (22.7/g), 7th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 224 points (16.0/g), 9th.
 Differential of 94 points (6.7/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.8-4.2.

Coach: Norm Van Brocklin (9-5-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Marion Campbell

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bob Lee 27 4 10 120 for 230, 1,786 yards, 10 td, 8 int, & 29 rushes for 67 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
RB Art Malone 25 3 8 76 rushes for 336 yards, 2 td, & 19 catches for 177 yards and 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 39th pick / 1970
FB Dave Hampton 26 4 14 263 rushes for 997 yards, 4 td, & 25 catches for 273 yards and 1 td Green Bay Packers / 9th / 220th pick / 1969
WR Al Dodd 28 6 10 19 catches for 291 yards, 0 td Chicago Bears / 4th / 90th pick / 1967
WR Tom Geredine 23 Rook 5 12 catches for 231 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for -3 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 94th pick / 1973
TE Jim Mitchell 26 4 14 32 catches for 420 yards, 0 td, & 5 rushes for 34 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
LT Bill Sandeman 31 7 12 2 fumbles recovered
LG Andy Maurer 25 3 13 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
C Jeff Van Note 27 4 14 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
RG Dennis Havig 24 1 13 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 189th pick / 1971
RT George Kunz* 26 4 14 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 2nd pick / 1969
 Defensive Starters
LDE Claude Humphrey*+ 29 5 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
LDT Chuck Walker 32 9 1 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 12th / 157th pick / 1963
Buffalo Bills / 22nd / 172nd pick / 1963
RDT Mike Lewis 24 2 14
RDE John Zook* 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1969
LLB Don Hansen 29 7 14 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 42nd pick / 1966
Miami Dolphins / 7th / 51st pick / 1966
MLB Tommy Nobis 30 7 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
RLB Greg Brezina 27 5 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
LCB Ken Reaves 29 7 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
RCB Tom Hayes 27 2 14 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 137th pick / 1971
SS Ray Brown 24 2 14 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
FS Clarence Ellis 23 1 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 15th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Nick Mike-Mayer* 23 Rook 0 26 of 38 field goals & 34 of 34 extra points Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 248th pick / 1973
P John James 24 1 0 63 punts for a 42.6 average, 0 blocked
PR Ray Brown 24 2 14 40 punt returns for a 9.0 average and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
KR Joe Washington 22 Rook 0 20 kick returns for a 21.6 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
63 Nick Bebout 22 13 0 261 6-5 Wyoming 5/5/1951 Rook 4 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 142nd pick / 1973
51 Duane Benson 28 14 0 215 6-2 Hamline 8/5/1945 6 4 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 280th pick / 1967
50 Greg Brezina 27 RLB 14 14 226 6-0 Houston 1/7/1946 5 8 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
34 Ray Brown 24 PR 14 14 208 6-1 West Texas A&M 1/12/1949 2 8 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
82 Ken Burrow 25 9 8 190 6-0 Utah St.,San Diego St. 3/29/1948 2 8 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1971
81 Wes Chesson 24 2 2 195 6-2 Duke 1/15/1949 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 163rd pick / 1971
41 Al Dodd 28 WR 13 10 185 6-0 NW State (LA) 8/21/1945 6 4 Chicago Bears / 4th / 90th pick / 1967
32 Ray Easterling 24 1 0 195 6-0 Richmond 9/3/1949 1 2 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 223rd pick / 1972
29 Clarence Ellis 23 FS 14 14 193 5-11 Notre Dame 2/11/1950 1 7 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 15th pick / 1972
66 Ted Fritsch 23 14 0 242 6-2 St. Norbert 8/26/1950 1 4
68 Frank Gallagher 30 3 1 245 6-2 North Carolina 3/2/1943 6 3
84 Tom Geredine 23 WR 12 5 195 6-2 Truman St. 6/17/1950 Rook 3 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 94th pick / 1973
65 Len Gotshalk 24 14 3 259 6-4 Humboldt St. 10/21/1949 1 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 186th pick / 1971
43 Dave Hampton 26 FB 14 14 210 6-0 Wyoming 5/7/1947 4 13 Green Bay Packers / 9th / 220th pick / 1969
58 Don Hansen 29 LLB 14 14 235 6-2 Illinois 8/20/1944 7 8 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 42nd pick / 1966
Miami Dolphins / 7th / 51st pick / 1966
56 Dennis Havig 24 RG 14 13 253 6-2 Colorado 5/6/1949 1 7 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 189th pick / 1971
27 Tom Hayes 27 RCB 14 14 199 6-1 San Diego St. 4/18/1946 2 8 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 137th pick / 1971
87 Claude Humphrey*+ 29 LDE 14 14 252 6-4 Tennessee St. 6/29/1944 5 13 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
6 John James 24 P 14 0 197 6-3 Florida 1/21/1949 1 3
75 George Kunz* 26 RT 14 14 257 6-5 Notre Dame 7/5/1947 4 11 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 2nd pick / 1969
22 Rolland Lawrence 22 14 0 179 5-10 Tabor 3/24/1951 Rook 4
19 Bob Lee 27 QB 12 10 195 6-2 Arizona St.,Pacific 8/7/1946 4 10 Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
69 Mike Lewis 24 RDT 14 14 261 6-4 Wiley,Ark-Pine Bluff 7/14/1949 2 7
25 Art Malone 25 RB 10 8 211 5-11 Arizona St. 3/20/1948 3 6 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 39th pick / 1970
77 Rosie Manning 23 1 0 256 6-5 NE State (OK) 5/31/1950 1 3 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1972
78 Greg Marx 23 14 0 260 6-4 Notre Dame 7/18/1950 Rook 4 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 39th pick / 1973
33 Henry Matthews 24 3 0 203 6-3 Michigan St. 3/17/1949 1 0
64 Andy Maurer 25 LG 14 13 265 6-3 Oregon 9/30/1948 3 7 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
83 Larry Mialik 23 14 0 226 6-2 Wisconsin 5/15/1950 1 0 Atlanta Falcons / 12th / 302nd pick / 1972
12 Nick Mike-Mayer* 23 K 14 0 186 5-8 Temple 3/1/1950 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 248th pick / 1973
86 Jim Mitchell 26 TE 14 14 234 6-1 Prairie View 10/19/1947 4 6 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
52 Ken Mitchell 25 14 0 224 6-2 UNLV 11/14/1948 Rook 4
80 Louis Neal 22 5 3 215 6-4 Prairie View 1/10/1951 Rook 2 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 124th pick / 1973
60 Tommy Nobis 30 MLB 14 14 240 6-2 Texas 9/20/1943 7 7 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
35 Tony Plummer 26 14 0 188 5-11 Pacific 1/21/1947 3 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 242nd pick / 1970
23 Joe Profit 24 3 0 213 6-0 La-Monroe 8/13/1949 2 1 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 7th pick / 1971
44 Eddie Ray 26 14 6 240 6-2 LSU 4/5/1947 3 7 Boston Patriots / 4th / 83rd pick / 1970
36 Ken Reaves 29 LCB 14 14 210 6-3 Norfolk St. 10/29/1944 7 7 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
61 Bill Sandeman 31 LT 12 12 252 6-6 Pacific 11/30/1942 7 7
11 Dick Shiner 31 qb 4 4 201 6-0 Maryland 7/18/1942 9 2 Washington Redskins / 7th / 87th pick / 1964
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1964
7 Pat Sullivan 23 4 0 198 6-0 Auburn 1/18/1950 1 1 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 40th pick / 1972
74 Mike Tilleman 29 13 13 272 6-7 Montana 3/30/1944 7 3 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 163rd pick / 1965
57 Jeff Van Note 27 C 14 14 247 6-2 Kentucky 2/7/1946 4 7 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
5 Harmon Wages 27 6 0 215 6-1 Florida 5/18/1946 5 1
79 Chuck Walker 32 LDT 14 1 250 6-3 Duke 8/10/1941 9 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 12th / 157th pick / 1963
Buffalo Bills / 22nd / 172nd pick / 1963
59 Lonnie Warwick 31 14 0 238 6-3 Tennessee,Tennessee Tech 2/26/1942 8 4
30 Joe Washington 22 KR 9 0 180 5-9 Illinois St. 7/10/1951 Rook 0
71 John Zook* 26 RDE 14 14 243 6-4 Kansas 9/24/1947 4 9 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1969
Team Total 25.8 14 223.2 6-1.8 3.2