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Falcons alter plans for Pro Bowler throwback jerseys

Last night, we reported that the Falcons will be honoring their former Pro Bowlers on Sunday by presenting them with personalized throwback jerseys during the home game against the 49era.  Roughly 30 former Falcons are expected to be on hand to receive their jerseys.

As of last night, the plan was to send personalized jerseys to any former Falcons Pro Bowlers who play for different teams.  But while the plan was to send a jersey to players like former Falcons quarterback Mike Vick and former Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler, former Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall wasn’t going to get one.

We then learned that a disagreement had emerged in the front office as to whether Hall, who has badmouthed the organization since leaving after the 2007 season and was involved in an altercation with coach Mike Smith during last year’s Redskins-Falcons game, should receive a jersey.  D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Hall would get the jersey, just like all other former Falcons Pro Bowlers who currently play for different teams.

The team has sent us a statement with their official position.  As it turns out, none of the former Falcons players who currently play for other teams will be getting the jersey, at least not for now.

Here’s the full text:

“This weekend, the Atlanta Falcons will honor their former players with a number of special events and ceremonies that are part of the club’s Alumni Weekend. 

“During halftime of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, the club will honor former Falcons players selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team during their time with the club. The Falcons will honor those all-star players during a live ceremony at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.

“With respect to current NFL players who were selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team while they were members of the Falcons, the club has made plans to recognize and honor their achievement in the off-season at the appropriate time.

“The club is moving forward with those plans and there is no intent to single out any individual player from not being acknowledged.”

This approach strikes us as a baby-splitting compromise, possibly negotiated by owner Arthur Blank himself, aimed at ensuring that Hall doesn’t get a jersey — and also at ensuring that Hall isn’t singled out.

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15 Responses to “Falcons alter plans for Pro Bowler throwback jerseys”
  1. Skummyone says: Sep 30, 2010 11:10 AM

    They’re probably just trying to avoid justifying giving Vick a jersey and not Hall.

  2. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Sep 30, 2010 11:12 AM

    This approach strikes us as a baby-splitting compromise, possibly negotiated by owner Arthur Blank himself, aimed at ensuring that Hall doesn’t get a jersey — and also at ensuring that Hall isn’t singled out.
    or maybe the initial and subsequent reports were completely wrong.
    Given the state of the media now a days and how they suck, I’m going to go with my assessment of the situation rather than yours.

  3. i8adawg says: Sep 30, 2010 11:21 AM

    Ah florio. You are much more clever than many of your meatheaded readers. The fact that you’ve now slipped in two references from the good book without negativity shows that
    A) you are a principled man of religion and
    B) your readers are mostly barely smarter than amoebae.
    Stay faithful to the Lord your God all of your days and you will be blessed as David your father was blessed.
    BTW, the Raiders will rule the west again

  4. dietrich43 says: Sep 30, 2010 11:25 AM

    One sure way to make sure Hall doesn’t get one – make all the current players come in and tackle Turner or Snelling.

  5. BigBear123 says: Sep 30, 2010 11:30 AM

    Public outcry over Vick being honored and excluding Hall. Cheer your criminals biotchs. Flaunt your ignorance.
    He is still serving his penalty so take your move on gibberish and shove it in Tony Romos favorite spot.
    Classy organization can only honor former ProBowlers while other teams honor championships and hall of famers.
    Does no one else see this folly?

  6. Canned Gravy says: Sep 30, 2010 11:47 AM

    If they were smart, they would find a way to honor drama boy Favre, too. No secret any Favre jersey sells, and the black Falcons Favre jersey is actually pretty cool. Cooler than him anyway.
    “White Shoes” Johnson is in the house.

  7. NagaSwan says: Sep 30, 2010 11:47 AM

    maybe they realized that’s the dumbest idea anyone had in the past week.

  8. AlanSaysYo says: Sep 30, 2010 11:48 AM

    Doesn’t make one damn bit of sense to go honoring former players who play for other teams now, especially for something like a Pro Bowl. Keep the focus on your own team during the season, not some of the better players who, for whatever reason, don’t play for your team anymore.

  9. irisht53 says: Sep 30, 2010 12:04 PM

    Couldn’t sending “gifts” to actvie players that are currently playing for other teams be considered tampering? Perhaps they’re just trying to avoid that whole fiasco, and clear the proper channels with those players current teams in the off season.

  10. VikesFan04 says: Sep 30, 2010 12:34 PM

    Are they Printing one that says “Mexico”?

  11. yem123 says: Sep 30, 2010 12:37 PM

    A better plan would be to give Hall a jersey infected with smallpox.

  12. Andy Reid's Third Chin says: Sep 30, 2010 12:58 PM

    “Are they Printing one that says “Mexico”?”
    yes – in a partnership with the Vikings, these will be sold alongside the purple “Love Boat” jersey and “Whizzinator” helga hats.

  13. Other Bears says: Sep 30, 2010 1:37 PM

    I think it would be cool if they really were called the 49era!

  14. 100 no's and 1 yes still mean yes says: Sep 30, 2010 1:47 PM

    I wanna know how hall made the pro bowl in the first place he’s stunk every year he’s been in the league I’ll never forget that preseason game where Chad Johnson torched him and he bragged about shutting Chad down the whole week leading to the game he’s garbage always has been non story

  15. merrillhodgestoupee says: Sep 30, 2010 2:11 PM

    Are they giving one to former Viking kicker Gary Andersen?

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