McClure still rolling after rocky start in Atlanta



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Todd McClure never figured he’d still be playing for the Atlanta Falcons.

Heck, he wasn’t sure he’d ever get in a game.

As a rookie in 1999, McClure tore up his right knee at the start of his first training camp. He was done for the year, but the Falcons stuck with him.

That faith sure paid off. McClure took over as the starting center the next year and is still going strong at age 34. He heads into Sunday’s game at Carolina hoping to play another two or three years.

Falcons’ teammate Tyson Clabo has started a campaign to get McClure in the Pro Bowl for the first time. The veteran center is uncomfortable talking about individual honors, saying his main goal is winning a Super Bowl.