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Dan Pompei has covered more than 500 National Football League games, including 30 Super Bowls. He is one of 44 members on the Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors board and one of nine members on the seniors committee. He was given the 2013 Dick McCann Award by the Pro Football Writers of America for long and distinguished reporting in the field of pro football.
Great story on Jon Gruden!
Why isn't Tommy Nobis in the NFL Hall of Fame? Is the Selection Committee asleep or what? Nobis should have been in on the first year of eligibility.
(the following is from Wikipedia)
In 1965, Tommy Nobis became the first player ever drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons  as well as the second 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 American Football League 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".
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 Bowland amassed 294 combined tackles which still stands today as the team's all-time single-season record, and is unofficially the most tackles ever credited to one player, in a season, in NFL history. 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 1960s. Miami Dolphins great, running back Larry Csonka commented, "I'd rather play against Dick Butkus than Nobis," and Falcons coach Norm Van Brocklin once pointed to Nobis' locker and proclaimed, "There's where our football team dresses."
Nobis 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.
Awesome article today on the legends' perspectives on the whole injury realm of the game both during their careers and now. The Warren Moon perspective is one that gets overlooked by the extremists who largely advocate against football these days and was something I had previously never heard. Great seeing you on BR, bear down!
I read on Twitter that you selected Dez Bryant and Jordy Nelso as All-Pro receivers. According to your tweet, you said that you used a coin to pick the two of them because you did not look at Statistics. When I read this, my first thought was that you were making a point that whoever did not pick Brown, had to use a coin flip. On the other hand, if it is true that you used a coin flip to help you select the All Pro team, you should have your privilege of voting for the All Pro team and Hall of Fame removed from you.As a Steeler fan, any writer who was too lazy to look up stats or watch some game film to allow you to gain enough information to make an educated decision, would obviously never vote for Hines Ward or Jerome Bettis for the HOF. If you were making a point, I am sorry that I did not give you the benefit of the doubt. I have more thoughts on this, but I don't want to attack your intelligence if you were making a point. Because if you were making a point, it went over all of our heads and it shows how gullible we are.
Great story on Forsett and made even better with great writing style.
Fellow Falcon following you. Block from Proska. Need to get you on the radio full time! Cheers Dan!