There are 61 days until the Atlanta Falcons open the 2019 regular season in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 8. With that in mind, let's take some time to remember the best player to ever wear No. 61 in Falcons history -- former offensive lineman John Scully.
A consensus All-American at Notre Dame in 1980, Scully arrived in Atlanta as a fourth-round draft pick (109th overall) in the 1981 NFL Draft. He became a starter two years later in 1983.
From 1981-1990, Scully played in 112 games for the Falcons, starting 82 of them, mostly at left and right guard. He never made the Pro Bowl or All-Pro, but he may have not received proper recognition because of the poor teams he played for in Atlanta.
During the decade he was on the team, the Falcons went 50-101-1. They posted just one winning season during his career, going 5-4 in the strike-shortened 1982 season. Scully had yet to become a full-time starter, but he did play in all nine games that year. They made the playoffs that year but lost in the first round.
Scully played his entire career for the Falcons, retiring after the 1990 season. Unfortunately for him, Atlanta made the playoffs in both the year before he arrived (1980) and the season after he left (1991).