This is some incredibly sad news coming out of Atlanta this morning.
Reports have just broke that Tommy Nobis, better known as "Mr. Falcon," has passed away:
#BREAKING We are sad to report that "Mr. Falcon", the great Tommy Nobis, has passed away at the age of 74. The 5-time Pro Bowl linebacker played eleven years for the team and is a member of their ring of honor.— FOX 5 Sports (@FOX5Sports) December 13, 2017
Nobs was a prolific linebacker for the newly created Atlanta Falcons squad for 11 seasons, from 1966-1976. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1966 draft and was named to five Pro bowl squads. Before that he was an All American at Texas, winning the Outland award in 1965.
Sad to hear that San Antonio legend Tommy Nobis has died. Longhorn legend #1 DraftPick, Mr.Falcon. All American from Jefferson High.— Don Harris (@DonHarris4) December 13, 2017
After his time on the field ended, he spent another 30 years with the organization, taking on various roles in the front office.
Outside of football, Nobis was a huge contributor to his community. He founded the Tommy Nobis Center, which provided a huge deal of resources for those with disabilities or other barriers to employment to secure jobs.
Fans across the nation have already taken to Twitter to reflect on Nobis' life and express their sorrow:
An incredible man, indeed.
Rest in peace, Mr. Falcon.