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NFL 1977 Atlanta Falcons

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         Mike Esposito
         Position: Running Back
         Height: 6'0"
         Weight: 183
         College: Boston College
         Drafted: Falcons #7 - 1975
         Acquired: Via Draft
         Home: Boston, Massachusetts


  • Was considered to be on of Eastern Football's top performers of the last decade with a superb career at Boston College despite injury.
  • A tough runner with excellent acceleration, he suffered knee injury in 1975 training camp and sat out the remainder of the season.
  • Returned to the Falcons in 1976 and was one of club's leading rushers. Gained yardage in key situations.

         John Gilliam
         Position: Wide Receiver
         Height: 6'1"
         Weight: 195
         College: South Carolina State College
         Drafted: Saints #2-1967
         Acquired: Signed as Free Agent, 1976
         Home: Atlanta, Georgia


  • One of the game's most celebrated wide receiver's, his 22.0 yards gained per catch average led NFC in 1972.
  • Was Sporting News All-Star twice.

         Claude Humphrey
         Position: Defensive End
         Height: 6'5"
         Weight: 256
         College: Tennessee State University
         Drafted: Falcons #1-1968
         Acquired: Via Draft
         Home: Atlanta, Georgia


  • Enjoyed one of his finest campaigns in 1974 when he was credited with 16 quarterback sacks, 75 individual tackles, 20 assists, 4 blocked field goal attempts and one extra point.

         John James
         Position: Punter
         Height: 6'3"
         Weight: 198
         College: University of Florida
         Drafted: No
         Acquired: Signed as Free Agent, 1972
         Home: Tampa, Florida


  • Although going overlooked in the 1972 College Draft, he went full cycle by being named All-Pro punter twice.
  • Possessed with an extremely strong leg, he had 75-yard punt in 1975.
  • The 1975 season was busiest of his pro career with 101 punts. Led NFC in punting and played in Pro Bowl.

         Jim Mitchell
         Position: Tight End
         Height: 6'1"
         Weight: 235
         College: Prairie View A & M College
         Drafted: Falcons #4-1969
         Acquired: Via Draft
         Home: Atlanta, Georgia


  • He's Falcons' all-time leader in receptions, catching yardage and touchdowns.
  • A brilliant receiver, he catches ball well in crowds and can run after the catch. Had four games with 4-or-more receptions during 1975.