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Jeff Van Note

Jeff Van Note
No. 57
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1946-02-07) February 7, 1946
Place of birth: South Orange, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
College: Kentucky
NFL draft: 1969 / Round: 11 / Pick: 262
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 246
Games started: 226
Fumbles recovered: 4
Stats at NFL.com

Jeffrey Aloysius Van Note (born February 7, 1946[1]) is a former American football center (American football) who played for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He played college football for the University of Kentucky. The Atlanta Falcons picked him in the eleventh round of the 1969 NFL Draft.

Contents

  • College career 1
  • Professional career 2
  • Broadcasting career 3
  • Falcons Ring of Honor 4
  • Honors 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

College career

Van Note enrolled in the University of Kentucky, where he was a running back and defensive end for the Kentucky Wildcats football team from 1966 to 1968.

Professional career

Van Note was drafted as a linebacker by the Atlanta Falcons in the 11th round—the 269th overall pick of the 1969 NFL Draft. During the 1969 season, he played minor league football with the Alabama (Huntsville) Hawks of the Continental Football League.

Van Note soon moved to Center (American football) by Falcons head coach Norm Van Brocklin. Despite his modest draft status and lack of experience in the position, Van Note established himself as one of the finest centers in the NFL, making six Pro Bowls and helping the young Atlanta franchise to some of the greatest seasons in team history. His 18-year tenure with the Falcons is one of the 25 longest in NFL history and is the second longest while staying with the same team. He played in 246 games over this stretch, and his 225 games started as a Falcon is second in team history to Mike Kenn. Van Note missed a mere four games in his entire NFL career.

The Falcons retired Van Note's jersey number 57 on December 15, 1986, at halftime of his final home game at Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Broadcasting career

After retiring from professional football, Van Note served as color commentator on the Atlanta Falcons and University of Kentucky football broadcasts through the 1990s. Throughout this period, he would also frequently be heard on Atlanta airwaves as a sports-talk radio host.

Van Note also spent time alongside Joe McConnell as the color commentator for the Tennessee Oilers in 1997.

Van Note gave up his commentator positions with both teams following the 2003 season, but was called back into regular duty when play-by-play man Wes Durham) from 2004 to the present.

Though no longer occupying the Falcons' play-by-play booth, he has continued to appear weekly on the Falcons' radio broadcasts, hosting a studio pre-game show and taking calls following the game.

Van Note called the University of Kentucky/Middle Tennessee State game with Tom Leach on UK radio in September 2008, filling in for regular commentator Jeff Piecoro.

Falcons Ring of Honor

Jeff Van Note was inducted into the Falcons Ring of Honor on October 1, 2006. Van Note was selected by fan vote and joined the four inaugural members of the Ring of Honor, Tommy Nobis, Steve Bartkowski, William Andrews, and Jessie Tuggle. The Falcons Ring of Honor was established in 2004 to honor retired players who made significant contributions to the Falcons during their playing careers. Many long time Falcons fans were surprised that Van Note was not among the inaugural inductees, but are pleased that he has now received this well-deserved honor.

Honors

  • All-NFC (UPI) - 1980
  • 6 time Pro-Bowler - 1974-75, 1979–82
  • 2nd Team All-Pro (AP) - 1982
  • Induction into the American Football Association's Semi Pro Football Hall of Fame - 1984
  • Participant in the collegiate Blue-Gray All-Star game
  • Falcons Ring of Honor - 2006
  • Harris Poll Voter - 2011

References

  1. ^ Jeff Van note, database Football. Accessed December 23, 2007.

External links

  • Georgia Sports Hall of Fame
  • American Football Association
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