Rick Bryan, a former Falcons defensive end passed on Saturday at the age of 47 from a heart attack per a report by Tulsa World. Bryan played his entire professional career with the Falcons from 1984 to 1993. He started 93 of 109 career games, and recorded 30.5 sacks, which ranks tenth all-time among Falcon players. Bryan was a 1st round pick selected by the Falcons 9th overall in 1984.
Bryan was diagnosed by team doctors with a spinal injury in 1989, but managed to play two more full seasons with the Falcons afterwards.
Bryan was a two-time All-American at Oklahoma. He leaves behind a wife, and three children, among whom his son Mike who plays linebacker currently at the University Tulsa. Earlier this year, another former Falcons defensive lineman, Shane Dronett passed as well.