McClure setting ‘best example’ for Falcons’ line



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The water break was over, and 35-year-old Todd McClure had his No. 62 jersey at the front of the pack of the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive players returning to the field.

For a rookie like Peter Konz, it’s an important lesson. Even with a heavy brace on his right knee, McClure finds a way to run instead of walk because leading is his natural role.

“The best example,” Konz said of McClure after Tuesday’s practice.

McClure, Atlanta’s starting center since 2000, is beginning his 13th season with the team. He says he hasn’t decided if this will be his final season. Just in case, he says he is savoring every moment — even training camp in the Georgia heat and humidity.