On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons will break out their throwback uniforms on Sunday, during a visit from the 49ers. Per a league source, there’s an interesting angle to the event, which will include a slap in the face at a player who consistently has suckered punched the organization.
The source explains that the Falcons have made throwback jerseys for their former Pro Bowl players. Nearly 30 of them are expected to receive their jerseys at the game. The rest will have the jerseys delivered to them.
Players who won’t be in attendance — but who will get the jerseys — include former Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders. But the source says that one player will be left out. It’s not quarterback Mike Vick; he’ll get one.
Omitted will be cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
We’re told that Hall isn’t getting a jersey because of the things he has said about the organization since leaving after the 2007 season — and because of the sideline incident that occurred when he returned to the Georgia Dome last year with the Redskins.
Our guess? Hall will catch wind of the diss, and then he’ll say or do something that will further justify the Falcons’ decision to exclude him from the honor.
UPDATE: We’re now told there’s a split of opinion in the organization as to whether Hall should be omitted. Owner Arthur Blank apparently will have the final say. He has yet to resolve the situation.