Cheap jersey wholesale Years played for Falcons: The top pick in the NFL Draft in 1975 out of the University of California, Steve Bartkowski played 11 seasons for the Falcons and helped them reach the playoffs in three of those seasons. Bartkowski made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 1980 and 1981, leading the league with 31 passing touchdowns in 1980 and finishing second with 30 in 1981. After leaving the Falcons in 1985, Bartkowski would only play six more games in his career. His jersey is retired and hangs from the rafters at the Georgia Dome. Bartkowski’s greatest accomplishment has been surviving colon cancer. He was diagnosed with Stage 2 colon cancer in 2005 and has since beat it. He also had both of his knees replaced in 2006.
Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta Falcons
Steve Bartkowski led the Falcons to two divisional round games, including 1980 when the team finished 12-4.
His impact on the team: Bartkowski is second in franchise history in both passing yards and passing touchdowns. He finished his career with 23,470 yards and 154 touchdowns. In his Pro Bowl seasons in 1980 and 1981, he ranked top five in the NFL in passing yards and in 1980 lead the league in game-winning drives with four. Bartkowski lead the league in passer rating at the end of the 1983 season. In his three playoff appearances, Bartkowski led the Falcons to two divisional round games including 1980 when the team finished 12-4. He won the 1975 NFL Rookie of the Year, was a 2004 Falcons Ring of Honor Inductee and earned a spot in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.
Cheap nfl Jerseys On being drafted No. 1 ahead of Hall of Famers Randy White and Walter Payton: “Things just fell my way. The Falcons had the third choice and (head coach) Marion Campbell called me and told me he was going to get me. He traded the best left tackle in the game for me.”
On his most memorable moment with the Falcons: “It’s odd but ESPN reminds me of it every year and it was the loss to the Cowboys in the playoffs (1980 season). That was our chance when we had arguably the best team in the NFL. I still relive that yearly. You don’t get that many chances to close the deal.”
On being on the Falcons board and Arthur Blank: “It has been an exciting time with the new stadium going up. I want to help in any way. Arthur is so passionate and so into all the details. I would have loved to play for the guy.”
Atlanta Falcons Jerseys On being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: “Year after year I would look at the list and wonder how in the world people forgot about my college football career. I know a bunch of guys were lobbying for me including Archie Manning. I think they got tired of Archie talking and put me in.”