No. 25: Todd McClure
C, LSU, 1995, 1997
Helped pave the way for the two best rushing performances in Independence Bowl history. As a freshman in 1995, McClure’s LSU Tigers rode Kevin Faulk’s 234-yard effort to a 45-26 win against Michigan State. In 1997, Rondell Mealey torched Notre Dame for 222 yards in the Tigers’ 27-9 victory at Independence Stadium.
The Baton Rouge native garnered First-team All-America honors in 1998. He was a first-team All-SEC member in 1997 and 1998.
The 6-foot-1, 296-pounder was drafted in the seventh round (239 overall) by Atlanta in the 1999 NFL Draft. He played all of his 14 professional seasons with the Falcons. After missing his rookie season with a knee injury, McClure started 195 of the next 198 games. During his time, the Falcons produced eight 1,000-yard rushing seasons from Jamal Anderson,
Warrick Dunn, Michael Turner and Michael Vick’s historic 1,039-yard season in 2006.
Atlanta owner Arthur Blank vowed to get McClure and his No. 62 in the franchise’s Ring of Honor.
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