Falcons center McClure retires, spot in Ring of Honor now secure
After 194 starts in 13 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, center Todd McClure is retiring from the NFL. A seventh-round pick back in 1999, the under-sized McClure was tutored by zone-blocking guru Alex Gibbs. Across the coaching staffs of Dan Reeves, Jim Mora, Bobby Petrino and Mike Smith, McClure constantly fought off competition to keep his job, breaking Keith Brooking's franchise record for consecutive starts. The Falcons gave the 36-year-old a proper sendoff Monday, holding a retirement press conference. "You deserve to be in that Ring of Honor," owner Arthur Blank said, "and we will get you there as soon as we can."
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