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Tommy Nobis Atlanta Falcons #60 to the Pro Football HOF
Tommy Nobis Atlanta Falcons #60 to the Pro Football HOF
Published: 2014/02/02
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Tommy Nobis,
Tommy Nobis, 'Mr. Falcon'
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
TOMMY NOBIS TRIBUTE
TOMMY NOBIS TRIBUTE
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: SPANISH FILMS
Tommy Nobis - SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame 2015
Tommy Nobis - SAISD Athletic Hall of Fame 2015
Published: 2015/02/23
Channel: SAISD Communications
Throwback Thursday: Introducing Mr. Falcon
Throwback Thursday: Introducing Mr. Falcon
Published: 2015/10/08
Channel: Atlanta Falcons
Rites of Autumn: 1965 Orange Bowl-Alabama v Texas
Rites of Autumn: 1965 Orange Bowl-Alabama v Texas
Published: 2016/06/23
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Falcons legend Tommy Nobis dies at 74
Falcons legend Tommy Nobis dies at 74
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: WSB-TV
Tommy Nobis, Atlanta Falcons dead at age 74, as ritual sacrifice for Super Bowl 52 +Why?
Tommy Nobis, Atlanta Falcons dead at age 74, as ritual sacrifice for Super Bowl 52 +Why?
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: Zachary K. Hubbard
Tommy Nobis, Atlanta Falcons dead at age 74, as ritual sacrifice for Super Bowl 52 +Why
Tommy Nobis, Atlanta Falcons dead at age 74, as ritual sacrifice for Super Bowl 52 +Why
Published: 2018/01/11
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Tommy Nobis Family Photos With Children and Wife Lynn Nobis 2017
Tommy Nobis Family Photos With Children and Wife Lynn Nobis 2017
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: Sports Gallery 4U
Tommy Nobis Tribute at Texas Bowl [Dec. 27, 2017]
Tommy Nobis Tribute at Texas Bowl [Dec. 27, 2017]
Published: 2017/12/27
Channel: Texas Longhorns
VIDEO: Dan Quinn on the passing of Mr. Falcon, Tommy Nobis
VIDEO: Dan Quinn on the passing of Mr. Falcon, Tommy Nobis
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
R.I.P | Mr Falcon | Tommy Nobis ROH
R.I.P | Mr Falcon | Tommy Nobis ROH
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: Falconidae
University of Texas football practice | Austin, TX 1966
University of Texas football practice | Austin, TX 1966
Published: 2016/05/03
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Former Falcons Linebacker Tommy Nobis Dies at 74
Former Falcons Linebacker Tommy Nobis Dies at 74
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: Modern News
William Andrews runs over Ronnie Lott
William Andrews runs over Ronnie Lott
Published: 2015/08/06
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Atlanta Falcons Tommy Nobis Sad News Aged Sad News Aged 74 All Details
Atlanta Falcons Tommy Nobis Sad News Aged Sad News Aged 74 All Details
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: Arno News
Vintage NFL Hard Hits
Vintage NFL Hard Hits
Published: 2014/02/24
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Tommy Nobis - Sacrificed for the 2017 Solar Eclipse & Super Bowl
Tommy Nobis - Sacrificed for the 2017 Solar Eclipse & Super Bowl
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: Gematrinator_64
Atlanta Sports Awards Honors Tommy Nobis of Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Sports Awards Honors Tommy Nobis of Atlanta Falcons
Published: 2015/03/04
Channel: REAL TALK SPORTS
1965 Orange Bowl National Championship
1965 Orange Bowl National Championship
Published: 2009/05/07
Channel: Orange Bowl
Mr. Falcon Tommy Nobis Passes Away At 74 - (Falcons News)
Mr. Falcon Tommy Nobis Passes Away At 74 - (Falcons News)
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: Mad Mike Sports
Falcons franchise
Falcons franchise's 1966 first draft pick talks about the moment
Published: 2013/09/15
Channel: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
American football player Tommy Nobis Died at 74
American football player Tommy Nobis Died at 74
Published: 2017/12/16
Channel: News Footage
5 Greatest Atlanta Falcons of All-Time
5 Greatest Atlanta Falcons of All-Time
Published: 2014/06/03
Channel: schlegdaddytv
Former Texas Longhorns, Atlanta Falcons great Tommy Nobis dies at 74
Former Texas Longhorns, Atlanta Falcons great Tommy Nobis dies at 74
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: Lucille . Futch
Tommy Nobis: Football Linebacker
Tommy Nobis: Football Linebacker
Published: 2017/09/24
Channel: WhoWhat
Former falcons lb tommy nobis dies at 74
Former falcons lb tommy nobis dies at 74
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: sssiiaa
Ex-wife of former NBA star Lorenzen Wright charged with his murder
Ex-wife of former NBA star Lorenzen Wright charged with his murder
Published: 2017/12/16
Channel: Sports Gallery 4U
Nobis Works - Abilites at Work
Nobis Works - Abilites at Work
Published: 2012/12/05
Channel: NobisWorksOrg
Remembering Christine Keeler, Tommy Nobis, Bruce Brown, Gary Korhonen, Joe Newton
Remembering Christine Keeler, Tommy Nobis, Bruce Brown, Gary Korhonen, Joe Newton
Published: 2018/01/04
Channel: Rememberingthepassed
Top 10 Atlanta Falcons in NFL History
Top 10 Atlanta Falcons in NFL History
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: TheBottomLineView
Former Texas Longhorns, Atlanta Falcons great Tommy Nobis dies at 74
Former Texas Longhorns, Atlanta Falcons great Tommy Nobis dies at 74
Published: 2017/12/13
Channel: Lucille . Futch
Tommy Nobis, former Atlanta Falcon, dead at 74, 53-days before Super Bowl 52
Tommy Nobis, former Atlanta Falcon, dead at 74, 53-days before Super Bowl 52
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: Tawain Gant
Lorenzen Wright Family Photos With Son,Daughter and Wife Sherra Wright 2017
Lorenzen Wright Family Photos With Son,Daughter and Wife Sherra Wright 2017
Published: 2017/12/16
Channel: Sports Gallery 4U
Nobis Works job training for people with disabilities
Nobis Works job training for people with disabilities
Published: 2015/04/21
Channel: Nobis Works
CTV - Tommy Nobis interview Ryan Claborn
CTV - Tommy Nobis interview Ryan Claborn
Published: 2011/11/09
Channel: Connect Faith
Tommy Nobis in broadcast booth with Pete Van Wieren, Preseason Falcons vs Jets, 30 August, 1975
Tommy Nobis in broadcast booth with Pete Van Wieren, Preseason Falcons vs Jets, 30 August, 1975
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: Chip Fields
CFB playoff championship Mack Brown talks game and Tommy Nobis big
CFB playoff championship Mack Brown talks game and Tommy Nobis big
Published: 2018/01/09
Channel: REAL TALK SPORTS
the history of the falcons
the history of the falcons
Published: 2010/12/18
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Scott Case NFL
Scott Case NFL
Published: 2013/11/27
Channel: K Case
Tommy Nobis Center
Tommy Nobis Center
Published: 2012/08/05
Channel: buckheadrotary
legends for lights 2010 brian olson, tommy nobis, mike tilleman voice of brent reber.AVI
legends for lights 2010 brian olson, tommy nobis, mike tilleman voice of brent reber.AVI
Published: 2011/01/03
Channel: Tillemanmotor
Nobis Works 40th Anniversary
Nobis Works 40th Anniversary
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: Brownieland Pictures
Nobis Works
Nobis Works
Published: 2016/04/29
Channel: Nobis Works
Robyn reads about Tommy Nobis
Robyn reads about Tommy Nobis
Published: 2017/12/27
Channel: Robyn Reads
Volunteering PSA with Tommy Nobis TV ad, 1973
Volunteering PSA with Tommy Nobis TV ad, 1973
Published: 2015/06/17
Channel: Gray Flannel Videos
Atlanta Falcons All-Time Team by Footballfigure.net
Atlanta Falcons All-Time Team by Footballfigure.net
Published: 2012/09/20
Channel: MESN Sports
Tommy Nobis Award 1999
Tommy Nobis Award 1999
Published: 2011/03/08
Channel: FionaPageStoryteller
Colt McCoy Jersey Retirement
Colt McCoy Jersey Retirement
Published: 2010/10/31
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Tommy Nobis
No. 60
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1943-09-20)September 20, 1943
San Antonio, Texas
Died: December 13, 2017(2017-12-13) (aged 74)
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: San Antonio (TX)
Thomas Jefferson
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
AFL draft: 1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Career highlights and awards
NFL
College
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 12
Player stats at NFL.com

Thomas Henry Nobis Jr. (September 20, 1943 – December 13, 2017) was an American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at the University of Texas and was the first overall selection in the 1966 NFL draft.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Nobis played football at Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was an all-state offensive end and middle linebacker for the Mustangs.

College years[edit]

Nobis is one of college football's all-time greatest linebackers. In his tenure with the Texas Longhorns (19631965) he averaged nearly 20 tackles a game and, as the only sophomore starter, was an important participant on the Longhorns' 1963 national championship team, which defeated #2 Navy led by Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach in the Cotton Bowl. Nobis was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity at the university.

Nobis was a two-time All-American and made the All-Southwest Conference team three times. As a junior in the 1965 Orange Bowl, he made one of the most famous tackles in the game's history. On fourth-and-inches, and clinging to a 21–17 lead, Nobis led his teammates to a game-saving halt of top-ranked Alabama’s QB Joe Namath. Nobis was an iron man, playing (and starting) on both defense and offense for his entire college career. Aside from being an All-American linebacker, he also played guard on the offensive side of the ball and was often the primary blocker on touchdown runs.[1] Famed Texas head coach Darrell Royal called him "the finest two-way player I have ever seen." A knee injury slowed him during the latter part of his senior season, but he still was able to perform at a high level and won a number of major individual awards including the Knute Rockne Award, best lineman, the Outland Trophy, best interior lineman, and the Maxwell Award for college football’s best player. Nobis also finished seventh in the Heisman voting to USC's Mike Garrett. He appeared on the covers of LIFE, Sports Illustrated and TIME magazines.

NFL career[edit]

In November 1965, Nobis became the first player drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons [1] as well as the second linebacker to be chosen first overall when he was taken with the #1 pick in the 1966 NFL draft, held on November 27, 1965. The Houston Oilers also selected him in the AFL draft. This presented a dilemma and also sparked a debate that reached as far as outer space when astronaut Frank Borman, aboard Gemini 7, talked back to earth with the message, "tell Nobis to sign with Houston." (Borman's sons were ball boys for the Oilers.)[2] Nobis instead signed with Atlanta on December 14 and became the first member of the Atlanta Falcons,[3][4] gaining the nickname "Mr. Falcon."[1]

Tommy Nobis joined the Falcons for their inaugural season in 1966. That season, he won the league's NFL Rookie of the Year, was voted to the Pro Bowl and amassed 294 combined tackles which still stands today as the team's all-time single-season record,[1] and is unofficially the most tackles ever credited to one player, in a season, in NFL history. In eleven professional seasons he led the Falcons in tackles nine times, went to five Pro Bowls (one in 1972 after two knee surgeries), was named All-Pro twice and was chosen for the NFL's "All-Decade Team" for the 1960s. Miami Dolphins great, running back Larry Csonka commented, "I'd rather play against Dick Butkus than Nobis," and Falcons coach Norm Van Brocklin once pointed to Nobis' locker and proclaimed, "There's where our football team dresses."

Nobis is a member of the Atlanta Falcons' Ring of Honor and his #60 was the first number retired by the team. No other Falcons player has ever worn the number.[1] In 2005, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the association's third HOVG class.[5]

Nobis enjoyed a successful NFL career that many believe is worthy of Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. Former NFL player and coach Dan Reeves, while head coach of the Falcons, remarked, "As a running back for eight seasons in the NFL, I certainly took my share of hits. Unfortunately I remember some of them, particularly the ones from Falcons linebacker Tommy Nobis. 'Mr. Falcon,' as he is known in this part of the country, should be considered a worthy candidate for the Hall of Fame.” Reeves based his assertion on the fact that while playing in Atlanta, prior to the days of mass media coverage, Nobis was overlooked because of the “Falcons lack of success during his tenure”. He states, “I played and coached on some great teams while I was with Dallas. Those teams consisted of Hall of Fame members like Bob Lilly, Roger Staubach and Tom Landry. I feel that Nobis' contributions on the field merit those of the Cowboys Hall of Fame players.” [1] Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist and Hall of Fame voter Furman Bisher wrote, "There isn't much more one can say about Tommy Nobis. In the glow of a winning team, where he would have been a star on the isolated camera, he would already have been residing in Canton. It's not a Falcons thing, it's a Nobis thing, and here is a man who lives up to all the ideals I would establish for admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame." [1]

After the NFL[edit]

Number 60 is also revered at Texas where it was offered only to the best of linebackers. All American Britt Hager wore #60 during his senior season, as did All American Brian Jones. In 2004, another Longhorn All-American linebacker, Derrick Johnson, decided to wear the jersey in his final collegiate home game to honor Nobis.[6] The number has recently joined Earl Campbell's #20, Bobby Layne's #22, Ricky Williams' #34, Vince Young's #10 and Colt McCoy's #12 as UT's only retired numbers.

Tommy Nobis was inducted into the Texas Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1976. He was named to Sports Illustrated ’s All-Century Team (1869–1969) [1] and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the State of Texas Hall of Fame, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, and the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame. In May 2007, he was inducted as a charter member into the Thomas Jefferson High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

Tommy Nobis retired from the Falcons after 40 years as a member of the organization, in the front office and on the field.

Apart from football, Nobis was a co-founder and a Board of Directors member of the Tommy Nobis Center that began in 1976. The mission of the organization is to develop and provide job training, employment, and vocational support for youth and adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment. He won the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. award for his work with the Georgia Special Olympics and has been named the NFL Man of the Year.

Tommy Nobis died on December 13, 2017 at home at age 74, with his wife by his side, after an extended illness.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mr. Falcon". NobisWorks. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  2. ^ "Astronauts hope Oilers get Nobis". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. Associated Press. December 9, 1965. p. 38. 
  3. ^ "Falcons sign Tommy Nobis". Nashua Telegraph. New Hampshire. Associated Press. December 14, 1965. p. 12. 
  4. ^ "Nobis inks Atlanta Falcons bonus pact". Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina. UPI. December 15, 1965. p. 15. 
  5. ^ "Hall of Very Good". Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Derrick Johnson dons No. 60 for final home game". TexasSports.com. 2004-11-24. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  7. ^ http://www.ajc.com/sports/football/tommy-nobis-falcon-dead/8uKW0SZQmnBtgPP6JVer6I/

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