Atlanta Falcons in History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965-06-30 NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle grants ownership of the Atlanta Falcons to Rankin Smith Sr., Executive VP of Life Insurance Company of Georgia; Rankin pays then-record $8.5 million

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1965-11-27 1966 NFL Draft: Tommy Nobis from University of Texas first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 1973-12-09 St Louis Cardinal Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons
  • 1975-01-28 1975 NFL Draft: Steve Bartkowski from University of California first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 1981-09-13 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
  • 1987-09-13 Tampa Bay quarterback Steve DeBerg establishes a franchise record with 5 touchdown passes in the Buccaneers 48-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons
  • 1988-04-24 NFL Draft: Auburn tight end Aundray Bruce first pick by Atlanta Falcons

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992-10-11 Deion Sanders, plays for Atlanta Falcons (NFL) & Braves (Baseball)

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1994-02-06 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 17-3; MVP: Andre Rison, Atlanta Falcons, WR
  • 1995-09-03 Carolina Panthers lose their debut NFL game in overtime 23-20 to the Atlanta Falcons in front of 58,808 fans at the Georgia Dome
  • 1996-09-01 The Carolina Panthers outgun the Atlanta Falcons 29-6 in their first regular season NFL game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1999-01-17 NFC Championship, Metrodome, Minneapolis: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings, 30-27 (OT)

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1999-01-31 Super Bowl XXXIII, Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL: Denver Broncos beat Atlanta Falcons, 34-19; MVP: John Elway, Denver, QB

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2001-04-21 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 2005-01-23 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons, 27-10
  • 2013-01-20 NFC Championship, Georgia Dome, Atlanta: San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons, 28-24
  • 2017-01-22 NFC Championship, Georgia Dome, Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons beat Green Bay Packers, 44-21

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2017-02-05 Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons, 34-28; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2018-05-03 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan becomes NFL's first $30m per season player after agreeing to $150m contract extension
  • 2018-12-09 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers breaks Tom Brady's NFL record with his 359th straight pass without an interception during Packers 34-20 win over Atlanta Falcons; finishes game with streak intact at 368

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1943-09-20 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1944-01-19 Dan Reeves, NFL Coach (NY Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1950-01-18 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1950-03-01 Nick Mike-Mayer, American football placekicker (NFL Pro Bowl 1973; Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Buffalo Bills), born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1956-03-15 Clay Matthews, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1960-08-19 Bobby Hebert, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1960-08-19 Morten Andersen, NFL kicker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1961-08-02 Ed West, American NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons), born in Colbert County, Alabama
  • 1962-01-01 Pierce Holt, American NFL defensive lineman (Pro Bowl, All-Pro selection 1992; San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Marlin, Texas
  • 1962-01-16 Kevin Ross, American NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, KC Chiefs), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1962-02-20 Adam Schreiber, NFL center/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Giants)
  • 1964-12-24 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Trumann, Arkansas
  • 1965-02-09 David Brandon, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1965-02-14 Jessie Tuggle, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1965-05-15 Dan Stryzinski, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1965-06-16 J. J. Birden, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965-08-25 Cornelius Bennett, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1965-10-12 Chris Chandler, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1965-11-30 Mike Zandofsky, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1966-02-19 William White, NFL safety (KC Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966-03-22 Brad Edwards, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966-04-11 David Richards, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1966-07-14 D J Johnson, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1966-09-26 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), born in Passaic, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • 1967-02-26 Roman Fortin, American NFL center (Atlanta Falcons), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1967-02-28 Antone Davis, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967-03-16 Dan Owens, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions)
  • 1967-06-07 Terance Mathis, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1967-06-27 Lester Archambeau, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Montville, New Jersey
  • 1967-12-08 Jeff George, American NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1967-12-18 Tracy Hayworth, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968-01-23 Eric Metcalf, American football running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968-01-27 Anthony Pleasant, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968-01-29 Harold Green, American football running back (Cin Bengals, Atlanta Falcons), born in Ladson, South Carolina
  • 1968-04-29 Browning Nagle, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968-06-16 Alton Montgomery, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968-08-10 Moe Gardner, NFL nose tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968-10-10 James Williams, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1968-10-14 Gene Williams, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968-11-14 Bob Christian, NFL running back (Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969-01-07 Todd Kinchen, American NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969-01-21 Matt Willig, NFL tackle/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Jets)
  • 1969-02-09 Jeff Pahukoa, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969-03-15 Louis Riddick, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania
  • 1969-08-12 Lincoln Coleman, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969-12-21 Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1970-01-17 Darnell Walker, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1970-01-29 Scott Davis, American football guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Glenwood, Iowa
  • 1970-03-06 Robbie Tobeck, NFL guard/center (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1970-03-20 Ron George, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1970-05-13 Mitch Lyons, NFL tight end (Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1970-10-01 Ronnie Bradford, American NFL defensive back and coach (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos; La. Tech., USC), born in Minot, North Dakota
  • 1970-10-26 Bert Emanuel, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1970-11-27 Patrick Bates, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971-01-12 Shane Dronett, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1971-01-29 Jamal Fountaine, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1971-02-09 Jim Miller, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Atl Falcons, Jaguars)
  • 1971-03-13 Tony Vinson, NFL running back (Atl Falcons, Lon Monarchs, Balt Ravens)
  • 1971-03-25 Perry Klein, NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971-03-26 Tommy Fagan, CFL/NFL defensive end (Atl Falcons, Winn Blue Bombers)
  • 1971-05-31 Lenny McGill, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971-08-01 Fred Lester, American football player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971-09-14 Mario Henry, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971-09-16 Derrell Mitchell, American NFL/CFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons, Argonauts), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971-10-08 Nate Miller, American NFL and WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy, Atlanta Falcons), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1971-10-18 Bob Whitfield, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons), born in Carson, California
  • 1972-02-24 Ron Davis, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972-03-06 Jamal Anderson, fullback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972-04-19 Eric Jack, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972-05-17 John Burrough, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972-05-23 Shannon Brown, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972-06-06 Gary Downs, running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972-06-23 Roell Preston, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972-08-03 Travis Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sodoltna, Alaska
  • 1972-09-18 Richard Huntley, American NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons), born in Monroe, North Carolina
  • 1972-09-28 Greg Ivy, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972-09-30 Jamal Anderson, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972-12-06 Gary Bandy, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1972-12-13 Craig Sauer, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sartell, Minnesota
  • 1972-12-26 Burnell Roques, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Claremont, California
  • 1973-02-02 Tim Denton, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973-04-22 Scott Fields, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973-07-03 Devin Bush, NFL strong safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973-08-06 Robert Lee, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973-12-23 Tony Graziani, American football quarterback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1974-01-05 Calvin Collins, American football guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1974-01-31 Lorenzo Styles, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • 1974-04-04 O. J. Santiago, American football tight end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada
  • 1974-06-27 Juran Bolden, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1974-07-08 Demetrius Allen, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974-08-26 Freddie Scott, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974-10-28 Henri Crockett, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1975-03-22 Chris Bayne, safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1975-04-27 Michael Booker, American football cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1976-01-23 Byron Hanspard, American NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1980-06-26 Michael Vick, American football player (Atlanta Falcons), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1981-11-02 Roddy White, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2008-11; Atlanta Falcons), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Weddings in Sport

  • 2011-11-11 TV personality Kim Zolciak (33) weds Atlanta Falcons football player Kroy Biermann (26) in Roswell, Georgia

Deaths in Sport

  • 2017-12-13 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), dies at 74
  • 2018-05-03 Dan Grimm, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 77
  • 2019-12-01 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), dies from cancer at 69