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Top 50 Falcons: No. 13, Julio Jones


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is counting down the Top 50 players in Atlanta Falcons history during the franchise’s 50th anniversary season. No. 13 is wide receiver Julio Jones.

Years played for Falcons: Julio Jones was drafted 6th overall by the Falcons in the 2011 NFL draft. Since his first season in Atlanta, Jones has been worth all five draft picks the Falcons traded to move up in the draft. Jones has helped lead the Falcons to two playoff appearances including the NFC Championship game in 2012 and has led the offense at a record-setting pace.

Jersey No.: 11

His impact on the team: Coming from the University of Alabama, Jones has been a dominant force as the Falcons gave Cleveland five drafts picks for him including their first round pick in 2012. He has reached two Pro Bowls in his first four seasons and is on pace to head to a third this season, going into the Jacksonville game this Sunday with 109 receptions for 1,426 yards and six touchdowns. In 2014, Jones finished third in the NFL in both receptions (104) and receiving yards and through 13 weeks of the 2015 season leads the league in both categories. In his short time with Atlanta he has pulled in nearly 387 receptions to go along with over 5,756 yards and 32 scores. Last year, he set the franchise record with 1,593 yards receiving in a single season and he is on pace to shatter that record this year.

Where he is now: Julio, 26, now in his fifth season with the team is looking to return to the Pro Bowl and playoffs. He just signed a five-year $71 million contract that will keep him in a Falcon jersey through the 2020 season.

On his contract and being a Falcon for life: “I didn't have any doubt in my mind that we were going to get it done. Whether it was this year or next year, we were going to get a deal done. I want to be a Falcon for the rest of my career, and Mr. Blank let it be known that he wanted me here as well.” (ESPN)

Dan Quinn on Julio Jones: “Just a chance to go through the process with him. ... We love great players. We're trying to celebrate all the good guys. We're trying to collect more great players, not the other way around." (Sports World Report)

The countdown to the Top 50 players in Falcons history runs through the end of the season.

Top 50 Falcons Countdown

50: Chuck Smith

49: Michael Haynes

48: Jonathan Babineaux

47: John Zook

46: Ken Reaves

45: Lynn Cain

44: Justin Blalock

43: Bobby Butler

42: Tim Mazzetti

41: Buddy Curry

40: Scott Case

39: Jeff Merrow

38: Elbert Shelley

37: Matt Bryant

36: Alge Crumpler

35: Michael Turner

34: Ray Buchanan

33: Chris Hinton

32: Terance Mathis

31: Devin Hester

30: Don Smith

29: Greg Brezina

28: Chris Miller

27: John James

26: Bob Whitfield

25: Rolland Lawrence

24: Alfred Jenkins

23: Billy Johnson

22: Chris Chandler

21: Morten Andersen

20: John Abraham

19: George Kunz

18: Jamal Anderson

17: Keith Brooking

16: R.C. Thielemann

15: Tony Gonzalez

14: Andre Rison

13: Julio Jones


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