The NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame released their 2010-19 All-Decade Team on Monday, and two current and one former Falcons players are included.
Wide receiver Julio Jones and center Alex Mack were recognized for their consistent excellent throughout the past decade with spots on the team. Jones has been named to seven Pro Bowls during his nine years in the NFL, while Mack has been named a Pro Bowler six times in his 11-year career.
Former Falcons wide receiver and kick returner Devin Hester was also included on the All-Decade Team. Hester memorably broke Deion Sanders' NFL record for combined punt and kickoff returns for a touchdown during a Thursday night blowout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while Sanders was in the building.
The Falcons made one of the most memorable trades in NFL Draft history to move up and select Jones with the sixth-overall pick in the 2011 draft. That trade has paid off as well as Atlanta could have hoped. Jones has become one of the most dominant wide receivers in the league and is now staking his claim to go down as one of the all-time greats. In his career, Jones has caught 797 passes for 12,125 yards and 57 touchdowns.
At a position historically played by those with a flair for drama, Jones has proven to be the consummate professional both on and off the field. He's earned the respect of the Falcons organization, his teammates, coaches and players all across the league.
The addition of Mack in 2016 proved to be crucial during the Falcons' Super Bowl run, as he anchored the interior of an offensive line that showed marked improvement from the year prior. Mack demonstrated his toughness as a player by suiting up for Super Bowl LI and protecting Matt Ryan despite suffering a broken leg in the NFC Championship game.
Mack has started 165 games since entering the league as a first-round draft pick in 2009. He's started every game he's every played, and Mack has not played a full season just once – in 2014 as a member of the Cleveland Browns.