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Encyclopedia > Tommy Nobis
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Date of birth September 20, 1943
Place of birth San Antonio, TX
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Position(s) LB
College Texas
NFL Draft 1966 / Round 1/ Pick 1
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Pro Bowls 5
Awards 1965 Outland Trophy
Honors
Retired #s Atlanta Falcons #60
Records
Statistics Pro Football Reference
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Team(s)
1966-1976 Atlanta Falcons
Pro Football Hall of Fame, [[ in sports|]]

Thomas Henry Nobis, Jr. (born September 20, 1943 in San Antonio, Texas) is a former American football player. He attended San Antonio Jefferson High School where he was an all-state offensive guard and middle linebacker. He played college football for the University of Texas at Austin and professionally, in the NFL, for the Atlanta Falcons. September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... The Alamo in San Antonio San Antonio is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... 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College years

Tommy Nobis is one of college football’s all-time greatest linebackers. In his tenure with the Texas Longhorns (1963-1965) he averaged nearly 20 tackles a game and, as the only sophomore starter, was an important participant on the Longhorns’ 1963 National College Football Championship team, which defeated Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach in the Cotton Bowl. Nobis was a two time All-American and made the All-Southwest Conference team three times. In the 1965 Orange Bowl, Nobis made one of the most famous tackles in the game’s history. On fourth-and-inches, and clinging to a 21-17 lead, he led his teammates to a game saving halt of top ranked Alabama’s QB Joe Namath. Tommy Nobis was an iron man, playing (and starring) 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 times the primary blocker on touchdown runs. Famed Texas coach Darrell K. 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 cover of both Sports Illustrated and TIME Magazine. The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... The Bear Bryant Trophy, the AP national championship trophy Division I-A football is the only NCAA-sponsored sport without an organized tournament to determine its champion. ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (also known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John W. Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football. ... 1978: Roger Staubach on SI Roger Staubach (born February 5, 1942) is a businessman and former American professional football player. ... The Cotton Bowl Classic is a United States college football bowl game played annually since 1937 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. ... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... The Southwest Conference (SWC) was a college athletic conference in the United States, now defunct. ... The Orange Bowl is an annual college football game that is usually played on January 1 in Miami, Florida. ... The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA, or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ... Joe Montana, an American quaterback. ... Joseph William Namath (born May 31, 1943 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania), is a former American football quarterback for the American Football Leagues New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s and the 1970s. ... A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, or an eligible receiver catches a forward pass in the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both... Darrell K. Royal, b. ... 1927 Time cover featuring Rockne Knute Kenneth Rockne (March 4, 1888–March 31, 1931) was an American football player and is regarded by many as the most famous college football coach in history. ... The Maxwell Football Club presents the Maxwell Award for the College Player of the Year. ... The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California and Southern Cal[1]), located in the urban center of Los Angeles, California, was founded in 1880, making it Californias oldest private research university. ... Mike Garrett (born April 12, 1944 in Los Angeles, California), a graduate of Los Angeless Roosevelt High School won the 1965 Heisman Trophy (best player in the nation) playing tailback (aka running back) for the University of Southern California Trojans. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Matthews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Notable Time magazine covers from the dates May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...


NFL career

In 1965, Tommy Nobis became the first player ever drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons as well as the first linebacker to be chosen first overall when he was taken with the #1 pick in the 1966 NFL Draft on November 27, 1965. The Houston Oilers also drafted him in the AFL Draft. This presented a dilemma and also sparked a debate that reached as far as outer space when Frank Borman, an astronaut aboard Gemini 7, talked back to earth with the message, “tell Nobis to sign with Houston.” Tommy Nobis instead signed with Atlanta on December 14, 1965 and became the first ever member of the Atlanta Falcons. This culminated in the nickname “Mr. Falcon”. 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... A linebacker is a position in American and Canadian football. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... November 27 is the 331st day (332nd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... City Nashville, Tennessee Team colors Navy, Titans Blue, White, and Red Head Coach Jeff Fisher Owner Bud Adams General manager Floyd Reese Mascot T-Rac Local radio Flagship stations: WKDF (103. ... AFL logo The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... Frank Borman (right) poses with Jim Lovell (left) and Bill Anders (center) for an Apollo 8 publicity photo Frank Borman (born March 14, 1928) was a NASA astronaut, best remembered as one of the three crewmembers of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon. ... U.S. Space Shuttle astronaut Bruce McCandless II using a manned maneuvering unit (MMU) outside the Challenger in 1984. ... Gemini 7 (officially Gemini VII) was a 1965 manned spaceflight in NASAs Gemini program. ... December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


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 an unprecedented 294 combined tackles which still stands today as the team’s all-time single-season record. 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 1960's. Falcon’s coach Norm Van Brocklin once pointed to Nobis’ locker and proclaimed, “There’s where our football team dresses.” He 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. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... Norman Mack Norm Van Brocklin (March 15, 1926 – May 2, 1983) was an American football player and coach. ...


After the NFL

Number 60 is also revered at Texas where, in 2004, another Longhorn All-American linebacker, Derrick Johnson, decided to wear the jersey in his final collegiate home game to honor Nobis. The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas, is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Derrick OHara Johnson (born November 11, 1982 in Waco, Texas) is an American football player linebacker drafted fifteenth overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. ...


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) 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. 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... 1869 (MDCCCLXIX) is a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ... Located in Macon, Georgia, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is the country’s largest state sports museum at 43,000 square feet. ...


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.” 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." The Pro Football Hall of Fame is technically the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... Dan Reeves (January 19, 1944 - ) is a former NFL player and head coach who holds the record for most Super Bowl appearances as a player or a coach with 9. ... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Silver-Green, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Parcells Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones Mascot Rowdy [1] Local radio Flagship stations: THE TICKET (1310 AM) Announcers: Brad Sham (play-by-play), Charlie... Bob Lilly (born July 26, 1939) is an American football player and photographer. ... 1978: Roger Staubach on SI Roger Staubach (born February 5, 1942) is a businessman and former American professional football player. ... Thomas Wade Landry (September 11, 1924 – February 12, 2000) was an American football player and coach. ... The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the only major daily newspaper of Atlanta and metro Atlanta. ... Furman Bisher (b. ...


Tommy Nobis is currently the Falcons Vice President of Corporate Development and has been a member of the organization, in the front office and on the field, for over 35 years.


Apart from football Nobis is the founder and a Board of Directors member of the Tommy Nobis Center that began in 1975. The center provides youth and adults, with disabilities, job training and employment services. 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. 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. ... Postage stamp Special Olympics is an international organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities develop self confidence and social skills through sports training and competition. ...


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Tommy Nobis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (895 words)
In 1965, Tommy Nobis became the first player ever drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons as well as the first linebacker to be chosen first overall when he was taken with the #1 pick in the 1966 NFL Draft on November 27, 1965.
Tommy Nobis is currently the Falcons Vice President of Corporate Development and has been a member of the organization, in the front office and on the field, for over 35 years.
Apart from football Nobis is the founder and a Board of Directors member of the Tommy Nobis Center that began in 1975.
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