One of the most storied careers in Falcons’ lore has come to an end.

Center Todd McClure, who labored in the trenches of the NFL for 13 seasons and 197 games, plans to file his retirement papers with the league office. He said he will announce his retirement at a press conference on Thursday.

McClure was drafted in seventh round (237th overall) of the 1999 draft. He missed his rookie season with a knee injury, but in 2000 he cracked the starting lineup.

McClure, an Alex Gibbs disciple, won battle after battle to retain his job and stayed as the center through four coaching administrations as he snapped for head coaches Dan Reeves, Jim Mora, Bobby Petrino and Mike Smith.

McClure. 36, signed a modest one-year contract to continue playing last season. He started 17 of 18 games and helped the Falcons reach the NFC championship for the second time during his tenure.