The Atlanta Falcons-New Orleans Saints rivalry is alive and well. Just ask Saints defensive end Cam Jordan.
In response to an Atlanta Falcons fan who used the term, “mid” to describe Jordan as “average,” Jordan blasted the team history of his biggest rival.
Jordan’s full tweet is below. In essence, Jordan implied in his tweet that Atlanta has never had a pass rusher as good as him.
“Mid, if I’m mid, then ya fav franchise is poverty stricken,” Jordan wrote in a Twitter post. “Has never drafted a real pass rusher worthy of having a career there.”
Falcons fans on Twitter were quick to point out defensive end Claude Humphrey. Playing for the Falcons from 1968-78, Humphrey made five All-Pro teams, including two first-team All-Pros, and six Pro Bowls.
From 1968-74, he recorded at least 10 sacks every season but one. Ironically, the one where he didn’t was when he made first-team All-Pro for the first time.
But Jordan had a comeback for that too.
Humphrey recorded 130 sacks during his 14-year career. But 99.5 of his sacks came with the Falcons. Humphrey played for the Philadelphia Eagles in his final three seasons.
From a sack perspective, Jordan is correct — the Saints have had a more rich history than the Falcons.
But sacks aren’t everything, and although they didn’t draft them, the Falcons have had quality defensive ends in their history.
Most notably, John Abraham finished his career with the Falcons from 2006-12. Abraham is second in Atlanta history with 68.5 sacks.
Jordan has registered 115.5 career sacks in 12 seasons. He has improved with age, reaching double-digit sacks in four of the past six seasons. During that time, he’s made three All-Pro teams and six straight Pro Bowls.
The Saints-Falcons matchups are always must-see games for each fan base. But with his tweets, Jordan may have made the rivalry must-watch contests nationally too.