The Atlanta Falcons joined the NFL in 1965, as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining their arch rival the American Football League (AFL).
They are in the South Division the "Dirty South" of the National Football Conference in the NFL.
The Falcons play their home games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. Their headquarters and practice facilities is
located in Flowery Branch, Ga on a 50 acres site.
In 1965, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium was built to pursue of a professional football team. Atlanta falcons rumors started that some local businessmen were working out a deal to award an AFL franchise on June 7 1965, contingent upon receiving exclusive stadium rights from the city of Atlanta officials.
Then NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle who was dragging his feet on Atlanta. Suddenly, he was spurred by the AFL interest which speed-ed up the process by him getting on the next available plane down to Atlanta to secure a deal and block the AFL claim on the city of Atlanta.
He forced the city of Atlanta to make a choice between the two leagues.
The Atlanta Falcons franchise came into existence on June 30, 1965 when the NFL Commission Pete Rozelle granted ownership to Rankin Smith SR a 41 year old Executive Vice President of Life Insurance of Georgia.
He paid, 8.5 million the highest price in NFL history at the time in 1965. The falcons became the 15th NFL franchise and was awarded the first pick in the 1966 NFL draft.
The falcons drafted University of Texas All American Linebacker Tommie Nobis making him the first falcon ever.
The Falcons nickname was chosen by Ms. Julia Elliot a school teacher from Griffin, Ga who suggested that, "the Falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight". It never drops its prey. "It is deadly and has a great sporting tradition."
Rankin Smith was a great business man with vision who purchase the Falcons for 8.5 million and his children sold for 545 million.
He was extremely generous to several causes in and around Atlanta. In my opinion he was a owner who wanted to make money and did.
During his tenure the Falcon never had a general manager, had consecutive winning seasons and never kept a coach past three
years. This is one of the reason I pick the New York Giants as my new team in 1981.
In 2000, Atlanta falcons rumors started that the team was for sale. Its was rumored that Team President Taylor Smith, wanted to keep the team but his siblings wanted him to sale the team.
The Atlanta Falcons were purchased by Home Depot CEO Arthur Blank, and eight limited partners in 2002.
During Arthur Blanks tenure the falcons have a general manager, consecutive winning seasons and he wants to win championships.
For those reasons alone I am a Atlanta Falcon fan again as of 2002.
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