The Atlanta Journal-Constitution featured Falcons rookie offensive lineman Bill Fralic on the cover of its annual pro football special. Fralic, from the University of Pittsburgh, was decked out in Rambo garb, complete with a 23-pound, M60 machine gun, bandoliers across his bare chest, army pants and a headband with a Falcon logo. The cover billing read: NEW BLOOD. A headline asked, "How much can one he-man do?"
The photograph was taken behind the Falcons' Suwanee, Ga. practice field. Rich Addicks, the photographer, wanted to use a clip of ammunition so that the bullets would stick out of the gun—to add to the realism—but Charlie Dayton, the team's publicity director, nixed the idea. No sense risking an accident.
Hey, guys, Rambo mowed down a lot of people in the movie. With machine guns and grenades and....
"We don't think football is life or death," says Journal-Constitution sports editor Van McKenzie. "Fralic is a free-spirited, aggressive sort of guy. It's a very impressive cover. It catches your eye. We're not selling blood and guts. This is only meant to be a spoof."