Statement from Arthur Blank on passing of Falcons limited partner John Williams

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"John Williams and I shared a close, personal friendship for more than 30 years; he was like a brother in so many ways and I will miss him dearly. Our friendship was rooted in shared values and forged through the ups and downs of life that create a lasting trust and kinship. John was an extraordinary leader, counselor and friend to so many and will always be counted among the most important business figures in the history of Atlanta for his unmatched vision and acumen in real estate. It was John who introduced me to Rankin Smith and that started the process of acquiring the Falcons. I will be forever grateful for that and his contributions over the years as a limited partner in the team. More importantly I will remember him as a cherished friend who admirably shared his success with others and always extended himself to make people happy. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the rest of his family, as well as the countless friends who were lucky enough to know and love John. He will never be forgotten."

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