Atlanta Falcons center Todd McClure is set to announce his retirement today after 14 season in the NFL. The retirement ceremony will be available live on the team’s official website at 11:30 a.m. EST.
The Falcons drafted McClure out of LSU in the seventh round (237th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He took over as the starting center in his sophomore year, and he’s been the Falcons’ starting center up until now.
Since 2001, McClure has missed just four games. The center holds the franchise record of 148 consecutive starts, which is a testament to his durability. The fact that McClure remained the starting center through five head coaches proved the former seventh-round draft pick was always an integral part of the team.
Although McClure has been one of the better centers in the league throughout his career, he’s never made the Pro Bowl. Tyson Clabo attempted to get McClure voted into the Pro Bowl this past season, but to no avail.
Aside from his durability, the most notable achievement of McClure’s career is his part in helping the Falcons lead the league in rushing for three consecutive years (2003-2006).
It’s a shame McClure will retire without getting to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. He certainly deserves to after what he’s given to the Falcons.