Falcons to honor former players

One of the things that’s impressed me about the Falcons the last few years is how they keep former players involved in the organization.

That’s largely because of player programs director Kevin Winston, who is one of the best in the league at what he does. Winston organizes an alumni day during training camp every year, and I happened to be there on the day it took place this year. The Falcons had about 80 former players out to watch practice and talk to the current players.

They’re going to do it again during the regular season. The Falcons just sent out an announcement that they will honor some of their former Pro Bowlers at the Oct. 3 “Throwback Weekend’’ game against San Francisco in the Georgia Dome.

Among those expected to attend are Claude Humphrey, Rolland Lawrence, Gerald Riggs, Steve Bartkowski, Scott Case, Terance Mathis and Warrick Dunn.

The current Falcons will be wearing throwback uniforms for that game. The uniforms will be replicas of what the Falcons wore in their first season, 1966.

“Once again this year we look forward to letting our fans celebrate the contributions that were made by our former players with alumni weekend," Falcons president Rich McKay said. “By recognizing former players in this way we are mirroring the NFL’s time-honored traditions and we are allowing our fans to pay tribute to their accomplishments.”