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Top 50 Falcons: No. 12, Roddy White


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is counting down the Top 50 players in Atlanta Falcons history during the franchise’s 50th anniversary season. No. 12 is wide receiver Roddy White.

Years played for Falcons: Roddy White has spent all 11 of his NFL season with the Atlanta Falcons. Since being drafted in 2005 he has reached four Pro Bowls and is currently the Falcons all-time leader in receiving yards. White has also helped Atlanta reach the playoffs four times during his tenure.

Jersey No.: 84

His impact on the team: White is the Falcons all-time leading receiver with 10,739 yards entering this weekend’s game at Jacksonville. White has also hauled in 799 receptions and 63 touchdowns in his career through 13 games of the 2015 season. White went to four straight Pro Bowls from 2008-2011 and was named All-Pro in 2010 after leading the NFL in receptions (115) and finishing second in receiving yards (1,389). White followed up the 2010 season by finishing second in receptions (115) the following year. White was Matt Ryan’s primary target his first five seasons as a starting quarterback.

On winning a Super Bowl in Atlanta soon: "I'm a football player and a competitor at the end of the day, so my mindset is always to win football games, set ourselves up for playoff games, and try to make it to the Super Bowl. I felt like we had some good chances. We had some good teams that were right there at that point." (ESPN)

Receivers coach Terry Robiskie on White: "Roddy's got all the records. He's done fantastic. ... He's been one of the greatest guys at his organization at his position in the NFL.” (ESPN)

Where he is now: White, 34, is now in his 11th season with the Falcons organization and signed a four-year deal worth up to $30 million to stay in Atlanta at the beginning of the 2014 season. White along with Julio Jones have created a dynamic wide receiver duo since Jones entered into the league in 2011 though he has not been a main target of Ryan this season with just 34 catches for 382 yards and one TD.

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

12: Roddy White


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