The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Falcons History? SI Makes Their Choice

Jamaal Anderson, Matt Hasselbeck

Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Falcons included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was awful, that being DE Jamaal Anderson, a player who never even came close to living up to the hype for the club.

Jamaal Anderson
DE, Atlanta Falcons

The 2007 season is renowned as the worst in Falcons history, mostly for the embarrassment that Bobby Petrino and Michael Vick brought to the organization. But the franchise was in trouble in the draft as well, because it selected Anderson out of Georgia Tech with the No. 8 pick. At 6’5″ and 288 pounds, Anderson didn’t have the pure speed to beat NFL tackles—he had no sacks in his rookie campaign, and he racked up just 5.5 over four years with the Falcons. The Colts, Bengals and Bears gave Anderson a shot after Atlanta gave up on him, but Anderson’s NFL career effectively ended in August 2013, when the Bears terminated his contract. He was a decent run defender, but you don’t take strong-side ends in the high first round.


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