We touched on Deion Sanders' Hall of Fame credentials earlier this week, but you may not have known - as I didn't - that there are quite a few Falcon connections on the eligible member list.
Six former Falcons players, one ex-coach and one former administrator for a grand total of eight birds with ties to the organization are on the list of the initial 113 modern era nominees. You might be surprised at the number of Falcons on the list, but there is no debate why each person made the first cut.
Running back Gerald Riggs, guard/tackle Chris Hinton, tackle Mike Kenn, defensive end Chris Doleman and linebacker Cornelius Bennett round out the players on the list. Former head coach Dan Reeves was named as one of the eight coaches and Bobby Beathard was listed as a candidate under contributors to the game.
While one could argue that except for Kenn and Riggs, none of those mentioned would enter the Hall of Fame based on their Falcon credentials alone but - like Tony Gonzalez - their time in Atlanta helped fill out their impressive resumes.