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This week we will be focusing on center Jeff Van Note.Jeffrey Aloysius Van Note was born on Feb. 7, 1946, in South Orange, New Jersey. He attended high school at St. Joseph Prep in Kentucky. Van Note eventually enrolled at the University of Kentucky, where he played defensive end and running back for the Wildcats. He was a second-team all-Southeastern Conference as a sophomore at Kentucky and was named the team’s most valuable player during his senior season.With the 269th overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons selected linebacker Jeff Van Note. During the 1969 season Youth Matt Schaub Jersey , Van Note only appeared in one game, as he played minor league football with the Alabama Hawks of the Continental Football League. For the 1970 season, Van Note was moved to center by then Falcons head coach Norm Van Brocklin. The move by Coach Van Brocklin turned out to be a wise one, as Van Note would go on to be one of the important players in Atlanta Falcons history. His 18-year career with the Falcons is the second-longest in NFL history spent with one team. Even more impressive, Van Note somehow managed to only miss four games during his career. Van Note established himself as one of the best centers in NFL history, as he made six Pro Bowls and was selected as a second-team All-Pro twice. During his final NFL game, the Atlanta Falcons retired Van Note’s No. 57, where he’s currently joined by Steve Bartkowski (10), William Andrews (31) Stitched Derrick Shelby Jersey , and Tommy Nobis (60) as the only players to receive such an honor. In 1999, he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, and he entered the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor in 2006.After his retirement from the NFL, Van Note did color commentating for the Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Oilers, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Kentucky Wildcats. Jeff Van Note is yet another former Atlanta Falcons player ignored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The six-time Pro Bowler languished on some very bad teams between 1969 and 1986, and still managed to be reliable for the Falcons. I truly believe that if Jeff Van Note had the same career, but for a team such as the Green Bay Packers or Pittsburgh Steelers, he’d have entered Canton a long time ago. Let me know in the comments below some of your favorite Jeff Van Note memories. As always Youth Derrick Shelby Jersey , you can find me on Twitter @EvanBirchfield. Additionally, make sure to follow @The_Falcoholic on Instagram for up-to-date news and information. Thanks for reading, Falcoholics. The second rounder will be looking for a new team after six seasons in Atlanta."The writing was on the wall for a while now, but I had held out hope that the Falcons would reach an accord with Robert Alford that changed the structure of his deal and kept him around. Instead, the team will release the 2013 second rounder, saving just shy of $8 million against the 2019 salary cap and enabling them to tackle other priorities. The report comes via NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo, and does not indicate when Alford will be officially released. Vaughn McClure at ESPN indicates he’s already been informed of the decision. General manager Thomas Dimitroff had the following to say about the roster move:“We thank Robert for all that he brought to the team during his six seasons in Atlanta. He was a significant contributor to our defense and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish Robert all the best going forward.”Alford, 30, joined the Falcons in the same draft class as Desmond Trufant Stitched Wes Schweitzer Jersey , with the team intending to solve their cornerback need for several seasons. While Alford’s career got off to a shaky start, he wound up being a quality contributor for several years, managing 10 interceptions (plus a huge pick six of Tom Brady in the Super Bowl), 85 pass deflections, and 303 tackles over the years. He was solid-to-good in 2015 and pretty terrific in 2016 and 2017 before the bottom dropped out in 2018, when Alford had arguably his worst season as a pro as the Falcons sagged to 7-9. That season, plus Alford’s cap hit, were likely the deciding factors here. The Falcons drafted Isaiah Oliver in the second round in 2018 with an eye on making him a long-term starter and have talked openly about drafting another corner in this class, meaning there was little room for a player making $8.5 million at a position where Desmond Trufant is highly paid Youth Wes Schweitzer Jersey , Damontae Kazee may get a long look, and Brian Poole is still an extremely useful option in his own right. The Falcons will likely use their cap savings to shore up one or both of their lackluster lines, which the team identified as a problem coming into this offseason. We know Alford will land on his feet, given his strong track record, and we wish him well wherever he lands. The Falcons went a long time without multiple quality starting cornerbacks, and Alford gave them a couple of great years and at least one phenomenal Super Bowl memory. Now we’ll see if Oliver is up to the task of replacing him as the Falcons look to bounce back in 2019.