Top 50 Falcons: No. 12, Roddy White

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

Roddy White is the Falcons’ all-time leading receiver with nearly 11,000 yards. (AP)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is counting down the Top 50 players in Atlanta Falcons history during the franchise’s 50th anniversary season. No. 12 is wide receiver Roddy White.

Years played for Falcons: Roddy White has spent all 11 of his NFL season with the Atlanta Falcons. Since being drafted in 2005 he has reached four Pro Bowls and is currently the Falcons all-time leader in receiving yards. White has also helped Atlanta reach the playoffs four times during his tenure.

Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was Matt Ryan’s primary target his first five seasons as a starting quarterback. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Jersey No.: 84

His impact on the team: White is the Falcons all-time leading receiver with 10,739 yards entering this weekend’s game at Jacksonville. White has also hauled in 799 receptions and 63 touchdowns in his career through 13 games of the 2015 season. White went to four straight Pro Bowls from 2008-2011 and was named All-Pro in 2010 after leading the NFL in receptions (115) and finishing second in receiving yards (1,389). White followed up the 2010 season by finishing second in receptions (115) the following year. White was Matt Ryan’s primary target his first five seasons as a starting quarterback.

On winning a Super Bowl in Atlanta soon: “I’m a football player and a competitor at the end of the day, so my mindset is always to win football games, set ourselves up for playoff games, and try to make it to the Super Bowl. I felt like we had some good chances. We had some good teams that were right there at that point.” (ESPN)

Receivers coach Terry Robiskie on White: “Roddy’s got all the records. He’s done fantastic. … He’s been one of the greatest guys at his organization at his position in the NFL.” (ESPN)

Where he is now: White, 34, is now in his 11th season with the Falcons organization and signed a four-year deal worth up to $30 million to stay in Atlanta at the beginning of the 2014 season. White along with Julio Jones have created a dynamic wide receiver duo since Jones entered into the league in 2011 though he has not been a main target of Ryan this season with just 34 catches for 382 yards and one TD.

The countdown to the Top 50 players in Falcons history runs through the end of the season.

Top 50 Falcons Countdown

50: Chuck Smith
49: Michael Haynes
48: Jonathan Babineaux
47: John Zook
46: Ken Reaves
45: Lynn Cain
44: Justin Blalock
43: Bobby Butler
42: Tim Mazzetti
41: Buddy Curry
40: Scott Case
39: Jeff Merrow
38: Elbert Shelley
37: Matt Bryant
36: Alge Crumpler
35: Michael Turner
34: Ray Buchanan
33: Chris Hinton
32: Terance Mathis
31: Devin Hester
30: Don Smith
29: Greg Brezina
28: Chris Miller
27: John James
26: Bob Whitfield
25: Rolland Lawrence
24: Alfred Jenkins
23: Billy Johnson
22: Chris Chandler
21: Morten Andersen
20: John Abraham
19: George Kunz
18: Jamal Anderson
17: Keith Brooking
16: R.C. Thielemann
15: Tony Gonzalez
14: Andre Rison
13: Julio Jones
12: Roddy White

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