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                        === Falcons' McClure retires ===
 
 Flowery  Branch, GA  (Sports Network)  - Atlanta  Falcons center  Todd McClure
 officially announced his retirement on Monday.
 
 McClure  has been  a staple of the Falcons organization since being drafted in
 the seventh round of the 1999 NFL Draft.
 
 The  36-year-old McClure  holds the  franchise's streak  for most  consecutive
 starts with 148. He didn't play in his rookie season due to a torn ACL.
 
 "To  be  in one  place for my  whole career, I  definitely feel blessed," said
 McClure, who played in 198 career games. "It will be hard for guys to do that,
 just with the nature of the business. I'll cherish that forever.
 
 "I love this franchise. I'll be a Falcon for life."
 
 Falcons  owner Arthur  Blank said Monday that  McClure will be a member of the
 team's Ring of Honor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 03/25 15:51:22 ET