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Atlanta Falcons get franchise team...

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July 01, 1965

THE NEWS AND OBSERVER, Raleigh, Single leaf only, July 1, 1965

* Atlanta Falcons get franchise team (1st report)
* NFL football - Georgia
* SINGLE LEAF ONLY ***********

Here is a single page cut out of a damaged issue (pages 19 & 20 only) which has a two column heading: "Atlanta Gains NFL Franchise For $9 Million" with a large portion of the text. Still nice for framing as is.
Single leaf only (pages 19 & 20). a little irregular along the left margin, SOLD AS IS.

wikipedia notes: The Atlanta Falcons franchise began on June 30, 1965 when NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle granted ownership to Rankin Smith Sr. The expansion team was awarded the first pick in the 1966 NFL Draft as well as the final pick in each of the first five rounds. The Falcons drafted All-American Linebacker Tommy Nobis from the University of Texas with the first pick of the draft, making him the first-ever Falcon. The league also held the 1966 NFL Expansion Draft six weeks later in which the Falcons selected unprotected players from existing franchises.

The Falcons had their first season in 1966, and their first preseason game on August 1, 1966, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. They lost their first nine regular-season games and secured their first victory on the road against the New York Giants. The team finished the 1960s with only 12 wins. The Falcons had their first Monday Night Football game in Atlanta during the 1970 season. The 1971 season was their first with a winning record.

Category: The 20th Century