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The Center of It All: 10 Questions For Falcons' Todd McClure

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IMay 29, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 14: Center Tood McClure #62 of the Atlanta Falcons watches play  against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at the Georgia Dome on December 14, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The 2009 Atlanta Falcons have high expectations, and in order for the team to have the same success as last year, the offensive line will have to play at a high level.

Center Todd McClure has been the starter for the Falcons since 2000 and is the team’s most consistent lineman. He has been through the good times and the bad with the Falcons, and has stayed level-headed through it all.

Here are 10 questions I would ask the 11-year veteran:

1. You are going into your 11th season with the Falcons. Because you were a seventh-round pick in 1999, did you imagine yourself playing in the league for more than 10 years?

2. Going into the 2009 season, some prognosticators have your team winning the NFC South. In your opinion, how has the team looked so far in the early stages of offseason workouts?

3. Some scouts love your toughness and your intelligence. Does it bother you that you have not played in a Pro Bowl?

4. When Matt Ryan got in the huddle for the first time in his first game against Detroit, did you get the impression that he was the real deal?

5. With you being one of the older veterans and the fact that you have been with the organization since 1999, do you feel that you have to be one of the leaders, not just for the offense but for the entire team?

6. At the end of the year, you were elected as permanent team captain for the 2008 season. Because you were elected by your teammates, how valuable is that to you?

7. Out of the many defensive linemen you have faced over the years, who has been the toughest to block throughout a 60-minute contest?

8. It seemed like when Paul Boudreau took over as the offensive line coach, the unit gelled very nicely. What make Boudreau such a good O-Line coach?

9. How long do you seen yourself playing in the NFL, and would you like to retire as an Atlanta Falcon?

10. With you being a LSU alum, what do you of think the chances of the Bayou Bengals winning the SEC and a National Championship?

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