The Atlanta Falcons became an expansion team in the NFL in 1966. In their first NFL season, they accumulated three wins on the season, tying the most by a first-season expansion team up to that point. The Falcons' first head coach was Norb Hecker, a former assistant to Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers.
The Atlanta Falcons got their first winning season in 1971, accumulating a record of 7-6-1. Their head coach that season was Norm Van Brocklin.
The Falcons' most successful season came in 1998, where they ended the regular season with a 14-2 record. That Falcons team blazed through the playoffs and appeared in Super Bowl XXXIII. They lost the Super Bowl that year to the Denver Broncos.
The Falcons have appeared in another Super Bowl in recent history, where they lost to the New England Patriots. They were winning the game 28-3 at one point, but the Patriots made a miraculous comeback to claim Super Bowl LI in 2017.
- Founding Year: 1966
- City: Atlanta, GA
- Conference: NFC
- Number of Super Bowls: 0
- Mascot: Freddie Falcon
- Owner: Arthur Blank
- Head Coach: Dan Quinn
- Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Deion Sanders was an electric defensive back for the Florida State Seminoles in the late 1980s, and was picked by the Atlanta Falcons at 5th overall in the 1989 NFL Draft.
Deion "Prime Time" Sanders was a star for the Atlanta Falcons, accumulating multiple Pro Bowl selections and All-Pro honors.
Sanders played five seasons with the Falcons before leaving to play for the San Francisco 49ers, who he won a Super Bowl with.
Michael Vick was an incredibly entertaining athlete in the mid-2000s. He played college at Virginia Tech, where he amazed fans with his ability to run at the quarterback position, while also possessing exceptional arm talent.
He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons at 1st overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. He became Atlanta's full-time starting quarterback in his second year with the team, and ended up making the Pro Bowl by the end of the year.
Due to his success on the field early in his career, Vick was rewarded with the NFL's largest contract in history at the time, totaling $130 million.
And in the following seasons, he was continuing his great success, setting an NFL quarterback rushing record of running for 1,039 yards in a single season.
But unfortunately, it was his antics off the field that led to his demise. After searching his house, police had found that Vick was running an illegal dog fighting ring. He took a plea deal and served 23 months in prison. He was simultaneously suspended from the NFL.
He later made his return to the NFL in 2009, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.