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December 15, 2010 at 10:11 AM

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Lawyer Milloy left an impression in Atlanta

Posted by Danny O'Neil

RENTON -- Lawyer Milloy was considered a veteran when he joined the Falcons in 2006 while Roddy White was in his second season in the NFL.

White has progressed to a Pro Bowler since then while Milloy remains a starter, something that is no surprise to his former teammate.

"I'm not surprised about anything that guy does because he's a warrior out there on the field," White said Wednesday in a conference call with Seattle reporters. "When he was here, he was a warrior, and he's still playing that way. He goes out there and he flies around, he flies and gets to the football, and he makes plays.

"That's what this league is about. That guy, he's a real special player, man. He does it the right way, he's a pro. He goes out there and he puts his heart out there in the game. You just love playing with guys like that."

Milloy played with the Falcons up until 2008, which was Mike Smith's first year as head coach. The Falcons rebounded to make the playoffs that year, a remarkable turnaround, and while the free-agent acquisition of running back Michael Turner and drafting of quarterback Matt Ryan had a lot to do with that, Smith cited Milloy's leadership as a factor.

"Lawyer is a great guy to coach," Smith said. "He was one of those mentors for us in that first year, and really was a big contributor in terms of spreading the message. I believe that you've got to have players that can be the messengers for your coaching staff. You can't always me hearing it from the coaches. He did a great job with that secondary room. He loved to play the game. He's a contact player. When he's close to the line of scrimmage, you better be aware of where he is because he's going to be coming to the ball with bad intentions. I enjoyed coaching Lawyer, and I really liked the way he approaches the game."

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