The Atlanta Falcons will begin the 2019 regular season exactly 54 days from Tuesday. Atlanta will start their quest to make Super Bowl LIV against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 8.
With that in mind, let's look back in franchise history at the most successful player to ever wear No. 54 for the Falcons -- linebacker Fulton Kuykendall.
Atlanta selected Kuykendall 132nd overall during the sixth round of the 1975 NFL Draft. Not much was expected of him as a sixth-round selection, but he stayed with the Falcons for 10 years, playing for the team from 1975-84.
During that decade, Kuykendall appeared in 123 games, starting in 93 of them. That's more than any other player to wear No. 54 in team history.
Kuykendall was part of three Falcons teams that earn playoff berths. The best Atlanta squad during his career was in 1980, when the team earned a 12-4 mark, but unfortunately, the Falcons suffered an upset loss against the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round.
But Kuykendall experienced some playoff success in 1978 when the Falcons won their first-ever playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Atlanta also made the postseason in 1982 with the linebacker on the roster.
Kuykendall finished his career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1985. The 49ers lost in the Wild Card round that season. Kuykendall intercepted three passes with Atlanta and returned one for a touchdown.