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Todd McClure biography

Date of birth : 1977-02-16
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Nationality : American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-11-11
Credited as : Football player NFL, Center for the Atlanta Falcons, Super Bowl/NFL Draft player

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Todd McClure is an American football center for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. He was originally drafted by the Falcons in the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft.

Tough, hard-nosed veteran who has started 152 of 150 games at center, including a streak of 128 starts heading into the 2010 season. Is one start shy of tying the franchise record for the most consecutive starts, topping Keith Brooking's old mark of 128 set from 2000-08. Voted to the USA Today 2008 All-Joe Team. Heady performer who has been the signal-caller on the line after earning the starting center position in 2001. Has blocked for three 1,000-yard running backs in Michael Turner (2008), Warrick Dunn (2004, '05, '06) and Jamal Anderson (2000). Rebounded from a rookie campaign that was cut short due to a season-ending knee injury suffered in training camp, starting seven of 10 games played on a revamped line in 2000.

2009 (FALCONS)
Was a 16-game starter for the eighth consecutive year and was part of an offensive line that allowed an average of only one sack per every 21.1 passing plays, the second-best average in franchise history. Part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack in four consecutive games (Weeks 2-6, including bye) and six total contests in 2009. Member of an offensive line that did not allow a sack on 27 passing attempts against Carolina (9/20) as quarterback Matt Ryan threw for a career-high three touchdown passes. Started his 138th game on the offensive line and was part of an offensive unit that posted it's highest total yardage mark of the season with 477 at San Francisco (10/11). Part of an offensive line that opened holes for a Falcons rushing attack to accumulate 181 yards against Washington (11/8). Competed in his 150th career game and was part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack on 34 pass attempts at the New York Jets (12/20). Started his 150th career game at Tampa Bay (1/3) and spearheaded a rushing attack that recorded a season-high 183 rushing yards.

2008 (FALCONS)
Was a 16-game starter for the seventh consecutive year and paved the way for the Falcons rushing attack to rank second in the NFL, averaging 152.7 yards per game. Part of an offensive line that allowed a franchise-low 17 sacks while protecting rookie quarterback Matt Ryan who threw for 3,340 yards. Started on an offensive line that helped open rushing lanes for a ground attack that recorded a franchise single-game high 318 rushing yards vs. Detroit (9/7). Member of an offensvie line that helped produce 252 total rushing yards at Oakland (11/2) and record a franchise-high 45:15 minutes of time of possession. Started on an offensive line that helped Matt Ryan throw for a career-high 315 yards at New Orleans (12/7). Started at center against Tampa Bay (12/14) in his 110th consecutive game and blocked for an offensive attack which registered 373 net offensive yards. Started his fifth career postseason contest in the Falcons Wild Card game at Arizona (1/3/09) and blocked for QB Matt Ryan to complete 65 percent of his passes (26 of 40).

2007 (FALCONS)
Started in all 16 games for the sixth straight season at center and helped the Falcons accumulate 1,520 rushing yards and 3,573 passing yards. Protected QB Joey Harrington as he completed 31 of 44 passes for a season-high 361 yards with two touchdowns vs. Carolina (9/23). Cleared running lanes for a rushing attack that totaled a season-high 155 yards vs. San Francisco (11/4), including a season-high 100-yard performance by RB Warrick Dunn. Opened running lanes for a ground game that recorded 112 total rushing yards vs. Indianapolis (11/22), including RB Warrick Dunn's 10,000th career rushing yard. Started his 96th consecutive game on the offensive line and paved the way for the Falcons to rush for 124 yards vs. Seattle (12/30).

2006 (FALCONS)
Started all 16 games, helping the team lead the NFL in rushing for the third consecutive year, while setting a Falcons franchise record with 2,939 rushing yards (ninth highest in NFL history). Blocked for a running game that tallied six, 200-yard rushing games, while also leading the NFL in rushes of 20+ yards (23) and 10+ yards (82). Anchored an offensive line that created rushing lanes for a ground game that accumulated a franchise-record 306 yards (7.0 avg.) vs. Tampa Bay (9/17). Started the 100th game of his career vs. Dallas (12/16) as the Falcons rushed for over 100 yards (127 yards) for the 14th consecutive game.

2005 (FALCONS)
Started all 16 games and helped the team lead the NFL in rushing (159.1 yards per game) for the second straight season (2,546 yards) as the Falcons rushed for over 200 yards on five occasions. Opened holes for RB Warrick Dunn to set a new career-high of 1,416 rushing yards. Part of an offensive line effort that blocked for 285 yards on 41 carries (7.0 avg.) vs. Minnesota (10/2), which is the second-highest rushing performance in Falcons history (behind 297 yards vs. Los Angeles Rams on October 1, 1972). Helped team rush for over 200 yards for the fifth time in 2005 as the Falcons accumulated 256 rushing yards on 45 carries (5.7 avg.) at Detroit (11/24).

2004 (FALCONS)
Started all 16 games for the third consecutive season and anchored an offensive line that ranked first in the NFL in multiple categories, including total rushing yards (2,672) and average yards per carry (5.1). Part of a line that helped the offense tie a team record with six 200+ yard rushing games, while leading the NFL with 22 runs of 20 or more yards. Opened holes for a rushing performance that produced 242 yards vs. St. Louis (9/19), which included a pair of touchdowns by Warrick Dunn. Part of a line that set the fourth-highest NFL postseason record with 327 rushing yards, including a Falcons record 142 yards by Dunn and an NFL record for quarterbacks with Vick collecting 119 yards on the ground, vs. St. Louis (1/15/05) in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game.

2003 (FALCONS)
Started all 16 games at center for the second straight season. Helped the Falcons to 440 yards of total offense vs. Minnesota (10/5) and a season-high 224 rushing yards vs. Carolina (12/7). Opened holes for Dunn's team record for the best two-game rushing totals in consecutive games with 178 yards at New York Giants (11/9) and 162 yards at New Orleans (11/16).

2002 (FALCONS)
Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and helped QB Michael Vick earn his first Pro Bowl nod. Opened holes for the offense to amass 260 rushing yards at New Orleans (10/27), which was the most since a team-record 297 vs. Los Angeles Rams on October 1, 1972. The team scored four rushing touchdowns, which were the most since October 21, 1973 at San Diego. Opened holes for a season-high 533 yards of total offense with 36 points scored vs. Detroit (12/22).

2001 (FALCONS)
Started 15 games at center, missing the season finale at St. Louis (1/6) due to a foot injury. Helped the offense total a season-high 489 yards vs. Buffalo (12/23).

2000 (FALCONS)
Took over as the starting center in place of Calvin Collins, who moved to left guard in the ninth week of the season vs. Carolina (10/29). Saw first action of his career in a special teams role vs. New York Giants (10/8) and logged first career action on the line at St. Louis (10/15). Made the first start of his career at center vs. Carolina (10/29) and helped pave the way for RB Jamal Anderson's 90 rushing yards and one touchdown.

1999 (FALCONS)
Suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on the second day of training camp on July 30.

Was voted a Coaches All-America secelction following his senior season. Consensus All-SEC first-team choice as a senior and junior at LSU, boasting 185 knockdowns in his four-year career. Started every game as a senior and had 62 knockdowns for an offense that averaged 384.6 yards per game. Started 10 games as a junior, collecting 68 knockdowns for an offense that totaled 4,517 yards. Started every game as a sophomore and amassed 49 knockdowns for the Tigers as they totaled an SEC-high 2,322 yards on the ground. Served as a reserve center until taking over for an injured Marcus Carmouche in the final three games of his freshman campaign in 1995.

Played as a two-way lineman at Central (Baton Rouge, LA) High School. Participated in several community programs in 2004, including the Prison Ministries of Atlanta football camp and Disabled American Veterans fundraiser. Donates monetarily for every team rushing yard to Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. Born Ryan Todd McClure on February 16, 1977 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He and his wife, Heidi, have one son, Maverick and Madden, and two daughters, Ryann and Riley.

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