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Atlanta Falcons History

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The Atlanta Falcons were founded on June 30, 1965 and are owned by Rankin M. Smith Sr. The Falcons is a National Football League team that is based in Atlanta, Georgia. The team got it's name after a fan contest was held and the team received more than 1,300 entries suggesting 558 different names. Although several entries in a fan contest suggested Falcons, a schoolteacher was declared the winner because of her reason “…the falcon is proud and dignified with great courage and fight.” The Atlanta Falcons is one of four teams that play in the South Division of National Football Conference.

The Falcons joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1966. In 1971, the Falcons recorded their first winning season (7-6-1) under fiery Coach Norm Van Brocklin. In 1973, they finished with a 9-5 mark, a new team high. The 1977 team under new coach Leeman Bennett established an NFL team mark that still stands by allowing just 129 total points in a 14-game season. Bennett then led the Falcons to the playoffs three times in a five-year span between 1978 and 1982. In 1980, the Falcons won the National Football Conference (NFC) Western Division title with a club-record 12 wins and six Pro Bowl stars, including quarterback Steve Bartkowski and running back William Andrews.

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In addition to Bartkowski, Nobis and Andrews, such stars as defensive end Claude Humphrey, center Jeff Van Note, running back Gerald Riggs and Billy "White Shoes" Johnson made things interesting for loyal Falcons fans. Over the years, the Falcons have fielded exciting teams that have supplied a fair share of memorable moments. Atlanta registered its first winning season in 1971 and first division title in 1980. Perhaps the pinnacle of success for the Falcons came in 1998 when Atlanta won the NFC championship and earned a berth in Super Bowl XXXIII.

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Under the direction of head coach Dan Reeves, the Falcons franchise captured its first NFC championship following the 1998 regular season. A group of seasoned veterans led the team, including quarterback Chris Chandler, linebacker Cornelius Bennett, and kicker Morten Andersen. Atlanta advanced to Super Bowl XXXIII, where they lost to the Denver Broncos. The team has retired the numbers #31 William Andrews, #57 Jeff Van Note, #60 Tommy Nobis and #10 Steve Bartkowski. Falcon players Mike Kenn, Jessie Tuggle, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Deion Sanders and Jamal Anderson.The teams home jerseys are red and white with white letters and black trim. The away jerseys are white with black letters and red trim.

The Falcons helmet is black with a black face mask and a red and black falcon logo white a grey and white border on both sides, which forms the shape of an F. The Atlanta Falcons play at the Georgia Dome, which was opened in August, 1992 and has a seating capacity of 71,500 for football;20,000+ as arena.

 
 

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Jimmy Farris never takes a day off
The Missoulian, MT - Aug 9, 2007
It was those qualities that impressed Atlanta Falcons coaches. Farris was with Atlanta for three seasons because he was the kind of player head coach Dan ...
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