Todd McClure retires, headed for Falcons' Ring of Honor


After 194 starts in 13 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, center Todd McClure is retiring from the NFL.

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A seventh-round draft pick 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 news conference.

"You deserve to be in that Ring of Honor," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said, "and we will get you there as soon as we can."

Last year's second-round draft pick, Peter Konz, is expected to take over the pivot after struggling in 12 starts at right guard in his rookie season. The Falcons are counting on Konz to improve as he gains strength and moves back to his natural position.

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