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Falcons Uniform History #60: Mr. Falcon Himself

The man we know as "Mr. Falcon" is nothing short of a modern day super hero.

Often considered one of, if not the, greatest Falcon of all time, Mr. Nobis easily wins the award for greatest #60 in Falcons' history.

Tommy Nobis was the 1st overall pick by the then expansion team Atlanta Falcons in the 1966 NFL Draft. Coming out of Texas as an All-American linebacker, Nobis gave Atlanta it's first true superstar, earning Defensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl honors in his first season. Early recognition was largely due to his knack to find the ball-carrier, which led him to 294 tackles in 1966; a record that still stands as the greatest performance by a rookie linebacker, or any linebacker, really. Though the record still stands "unofficial", its still one of the most impressive defensive stats, well, ever.

Nobis went on to attend 5 Pro-Bowls from 1966-72, earned First Team All-Pro honors in 1967, and Second Team in 1968. Tommy is also a member of the 60's All-Decade team and has his number retired in the Falcon's Ring of Honor. Although he hasn't been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he's considered one of its largest snubs. I'm looking at you HOF committee. Tread lightly.

Thoughts or memories of Nobis?