Atlanta Falcons

Facts and information about the Atlanta Falcons

  • The Atlanta Falcons franchise was awarded to owner Rankin Smith in exchange for him agreeing not to purchase the AFL’s Miami Dolphins.
  • Atlanta Falcons cornerback Deion Sanders also played baseball with the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants.
  • Green Bay’s Brett Favre was a backup Quarterback during his rookie year with the Falcons.
  • In 1996, after coming out of retirement to play for the Falcons at the age of 44, backup quarterback Steve Deberg became the oldest player to appear on the roster of a Super Bowl team.
  • The Falcons mascot’s name is Freddie Falcon.
  • The Atlanta Falcons joined the NFL in 1966 as an expansion team.
  • Devonta Freeman ran for 140 yards on 30 carries in a Falcons win over the Cowboys on September 27, 2015.  This was his first 100 yard rushing game in the NFL.  He was the 28th Falcons player to ever have a 100 yard rushing game for the team.
  • The first-ever Atlanta Falcons player was Linebacker Tommy Nobis, the team’s first draft pick.


  • The Falcons first victory came in their inaugural season on the road against the New York Giants.
  • The Falcons first winning season came in 1971.
  • The Falcons have always had either black or red helmets, in 1974 a design for a white helmet was unveiled but never used.
  • In the 1970 football season the Falcons had two tie games.
  • In 1998 the Falcons record was 14-2 and they made an appearance in the Super Bowl. For the two years before that season and the three years after that season, the Falcons had losing records.
  • In the clubs first forty years, from 1966 through 2006, they had never posted back to back winning seasons.
  • Through the 2006 season, Kicker Morten Andersen had scored more points for the Falcons than anyone in their history. Coincidentally, he also is the career leading scorer for the Falcons biggest rival the New Orleans Saints.
  • The first non-receiving touchdown Julio Jones scored in the NFL came on October 11, 2015, his fifth season in the league, when Falcons running back Davonta Freeman fumble just before the goal line and Jones recovered the fumble in the end zone.
  • A humorous stat line, in the only season that Packer great Brett Favre was on the roster for the Falcons he threw 0 completions on 4 attempts with no touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
  • The first former Atlanta Falcon elected to the Hall-of-Fame was Wide Receiver Tommy McDonald, the second was Running Back Eric Dickerson; both played minor parts of their careers in Atlanta.
  • The first ten TD passes Roddy White caught in the NFL were thrown to him by six different players.  In that time he caught passes from Michael Vick, Matt Schaub, Joey Harrington, Chris Redman, and Matt Ryan.
  • Professional wrestler Bill Goldberg was at one time a member of the Atlanta Falcons before his wrestling days.
  • Marion Campbell has the distinction of coaching the Atlanta Falcons at two different times (from 1974-1976 and then again from 1987-1989).
  • In a 2006 game, after making 5 field goals and two extra points for the Falcons and against his former team the New Orleans Saints, Morten Andersen became the oldest player ever named Special Teams Player of the Week.


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