27. Tommy Nobis

Tommy Nobis

Did we forget about a legendary Atlanta Falcon?  Granted, there have not been that many in the past history of the Falcons, but we may very well have forgotten about a solid Linebacker in Tommy Nobis who was easily the first bright spot of the Southern franchise.

As one of the finest linebackers in collegiate history, Tommy Nobis was the first draft pick (and first overall of 1966) for the expansion Atlanta Falcons.  Nobis was a feared tackler and was the star of the early Falcons defensive squads.  He was a Pro Bowler in his first three seasons and would lead the Falcons in tackles on nine occasions.

Tommy Nobis is justifiably placed in the Falcons Ring of Honor, but he was not as dominate in the Pro ranks as he was at college.  It is very likely that his post career accolades will not ever leave the state of Georgia.





The Bullet Points:


Country of Origin:

San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.


Eligible Since:




Middle Linebacker


Played for:

Atlanta Falcons






1st Round, 1st Overall in 1966


Major Accolades and Awards:

Pro Bowl Selections (5) (1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, & 1972)

First Team All Pro Selection (1) (1967)

NFL 1960’s All Decade Team


Other Points of Note:



Notable All Time Rankings:



Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:


Should Tommy Nobis be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 45.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 27.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 9.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 18.2%
Last modified on Sunday, 08 March 2015 03:25


0 #4 cka2nd . 2015-08-10 17:43
Sudds, there are lots of players on all-decade teams who are not in the HoF, including ones on teams that were a lot better than the Falcons.

Mr. Barrett, Nobis and Bill Bergey are pretty much in the same boat, overshadowed by Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert, respectively, with fewer Pro Bowl or All-Pro selections but with accolades aplenty. I tend to think that adding more former players and coaches to the Hall's selection committee would help the process so that deserving inductees don't have to wait for the Veteran's Committee to finally get enshrined, and the Hall doesn't enshrine seriously borderline cases like John Stallworth, Lynn Swann and Ron Yary.
0 #3 Sudds 2014-08-04 20:04
How can a player like Tommy Nobis be voted to an all decade team and not be in the HOF? One word Falcons...put him on the Cowboys or Steelers and he gets the respect for his performance. Cmon Falcons fans and real football fans Rise Up for Tommy!!
0 #2 Todd 2012-11-04 20:36
When it comes to Falcons linebackers, Jessie Tuggle actually has a better HOF case than Nobis.
+2 #1 Dustin Barrett 2012-05-28 22:37
It is appalling that Nobis is not in the Hall! I have read quotes from Dan Reeves, Tom Jackson, and the great Butkis himself saying that Nobis was as fine as a linebacker there ever was! Need more? Plus he was the first Falcon, and his work at the Nobis Center is fantastic. Hands down he is what the Hall represents.

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