As of Wednesday, June 26, there are 74 days until the Atlanta Falcons kick off the 2019 season at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis against the Vikings. With that in mind, let's take a look back at No. 74 in Falcons history.
No one has worn that number for the Falcons in more games than offensive tackle Todd Weiner. He wore No. 74 in Atlanta for 103 games from 2002-08, which is more games than any other player to wear that number in franchise history.
Weiner began his career with the Seahawks after Seattle selected him in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft, but he found a home in Atlanta in 2002.
The arrival of quarterback Michael Vick at about the same time was certainly the biggest reason for the team's turnaround, but Weiner was also an instrumental part to the Falcons' transformation this century. Weiner started all but two games from 2002-06. The Falcons earned two playoff berths and advanced to the NFC Championship during that stretch.
Weiner wasn't as effective in 2007 and 2008 because of injuries in his early thirties, but he was the first man to block for Matt Ryan's blindside in 2008. Weiner will never have his number retired, but he should be remembered as a good teammate and his blue collar-attitude is exactly what the Falcons are searching for on their offensive line this offseason.
He retired following that season. Weiner finished his career playing in 152 NFL games. Of the 103 games he played for the Falcons, Weiner started 96 of them.