Tommy Nobis

2004 Inductee

Nobis was the first-ever player drafted by the Atlanta Falcons for the inaugural 1966 season and quickly became the first-ever Falcons player to be voted to the Pro Bowl after being selected as a rookie. The stellar middle linebacker was named the NFL Rookie of the Year for his efforts. He attended a total of five Pro Bowls during his career.

Dubbed "Mr. Falcon," Nobis led the team in tackles in nine of his 11 seasons, while earning five trips to the Pro Bowl. In a poll conducted in 1970 by ABC to pick the best athlete of the decade of the 1960s, running back O.J. Simpson was number one and Tommy Nobis was number two in the entire country. He had an astronomical 296 total combined tackles as a rookie, still the club's all-time single-season record. Nobis also intercepted 11 passes during his pro career, returning two for touchdowns. His uniform, No. 60, has been worn only by him during the team's existence. He retired in 1976 and was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame shortly after (1983).

Career Highlights
  • NFL Rookie of the Year (1966).
  • Five time Pro Bowl selection (1966-68, 1970, 1972).
  • Associated Press First-team All-Pro selection (1967).
  • Name to the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team.
  • Named to Sports Illustrated All-Century Team (1869-1969).
  • Falcons record holder for tackles in a single season with 296 (1966).