Tommy Nobis
1943 - 2017
BORN
1943
DIED
2017
Tommy Nobis, "Mr. Falcon," has died at the age of 74.

Nobis died Wednesday morning at home with his wife at his side, after an extended illness, the Atlanta Falcons confirmed.

Nobis was Atlanta's No. 1 pick in the NFL draft and No. 5 choice in the AFL in December 1965. He played his college ball at Texas.

Read more about Tommy Nobis on ajc.com

From the Austin American-Statesman: Remembering Tommy Nobis, perhaps the greatest linebacker in Texas history

An appreciation After pro football career, Tommy Nobis became a champion for the disabled
Published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 13, 2017.
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My dad was Harry Gilmer and coached with the Falcon during Norm Van Brocklin time. Tommy was one of my dad and mom's special people. He always made his way over to our table when the team and their families got together after games My dad passed away in 2016 and I know he will be there at the gates in Heaven to welcome Tommy .
Constance Gilmer
September 11, 2018
I was only 10 when I met you and the HS football players at Jefferson HS in San Antonio. My dad was a coach and administrator then and he would get me access to the sideline during the games. What an honor it was to see you in action throughout your football career. But that was not the what made you a great man. My dad had the highest regard for you and he always used your actions as an example for me to follow.

My dad passed away this year, I am really missing him today and not being able to share in our memories of you. My hope is you are together again praising God.
Chris Chambers
Acquaintance
September 9, 2018
You don't know me, but I worked at the Tommy Nobis Center in the 80's. They are the ones who got me a job first at Windy Hill Hospital (I later transferred to Kennestone Hospital) as a housekeeper. I held that job for 25+ years. I had my picture made with Tommy when he came by the Center for a Christmas party. I praise God for Tommy & the Tommy Nobis Center! I have Cerebral Palsy and I enjoyed working at the Center very much. I am sorry for your loss.
Kathy Henry
February 13, 2018
God bless you Tommy Nobis for all your contributions. Doing Geneology today by chance I discovered you are my great uncle x3. My grandmother Louise Nobis Gerlach from San Antonio, Texas is related to you. My prayers are with your family. Shawn Whitman. San Antonio, Texas
Shawn Whitman
January 8, 2018
I have followed the Falcons faithfully since 1966 and will always remember the excitement you generated by the way you played the game. Even though we had losing seasons we loved you and your teammates very much. Thank you so much for your contributions to Falcons football, you won't be forgotten
Carlton Sharpe
January 7, 2018
Tommy was the kind of player that one doesn't see often because his skill level was so extraordinary ! He will certainly be missed and remembered by many fans. A word of comfort for his grieving family and relatives : " Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully you residents in the dust !... And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life. " Isaiah 36:19. Submitted with love.
G Scribner
January 5, 2018
All i can say you were one of the best. You should be in the Hall Of Fame. Rest in peace you're in the hall of fame.
Larry Crittle
December 28, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with family and loved ones.
December 28, 2017
To the Nobis family. It is odd I saw him on old You Tube football films and I reminded myself how he wasn't glorified like Butkus but maybe as good if not better. Never knew he had departed. He is at peace now. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Take pride he was such a noble man.
Tommy Walker
December 24, 2017
Dear Lynn and family,
Although you don't know me, it was my honor to be in the Thomas Jefferson High School class of 1962 along with Tommy. I want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers and wish you love and prayers always. God bless you all and peace be with you.
Patricia (Pat) Hamrick
December 22, 2017
To the family of Tommy Nobis my heart goes out to you all, these times I know are hard, I pray that you can find comfort from our Heavenly Father and many of his comforting words.
December 22, 2017
Please accept my dearest and heartfelt sympathy; I am so sorry for your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain your family during this challenging time. Isaiah 61:1,2 Sincerely, RK
R King
December 20, 2017
There are still a lot of old time football people who swear Nobis is the best defensive player ever at the SWC. I always heard his accomplishments as a person far outweighed his on the field play. RIP big guy.
Top Erwin
December 20, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss, and lasting memories will help in the future. I also thought the service today was beautiful, and you will continue to be in my thoughts.
Bob Turner
Friend
December 19, 2017
Thank you for the friendship and love you showed my parents. May you find peace and my prayers are with the Nobis family.
Rich Bruney
December 19, 2017
My God grant Tommy Nobs family and friends comfort during this time of sorrow your love one was a great Football player and he will surely be missed.
Psalm 34;18,19
M Scott
December 19, 2017
It always hurts to lose family. May you find comfort in each other and your faith.
Usreys
December 18, 2017
May the God of all comfort give your family much comfort during your time of loss.
December 18, 2017
I'm truly sorry for your family's loss. Please allow John ch 11 bring your family much comfort during your time of loss.
December 18, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May the Nobis family rely on God during this time - nothing is too hard for Him to bear. For he has said: I will never leave you, and I will never abandon you. - Hebrews 13:5b
December 18, 2017
My heartfelt condolences and prayers for Lynn & Devon, Kevin & Tommy. May God provide true comfort and strength during this most challenging time. Tommy was truly an extraordinary compassionate and talented man of integrity. With Love & Prayers
A Caring Neighbor
December 18, 2017
Karan Wider
December 18, 2017
A great football player but a better man. A true role model. Condolences to his family. RIP Number 60.
Neil Rice
December 18, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
December 18, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 18, 2017
MY heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you, Lynn, and your family at this sad time. Our paths crossed at Belmont Village in 2016.
It is said that "The ones we love are never gone... they live within our hearts".
May Tommy's memory be a blessing to all those he knew.

Miriam
Miriam Strickman Levitas
December 18, 2017
We played against Nobis in junior high school. Nobis was a QB for Emerson and I was a guard for Mann. We beat Emerson for "Class 'A' City Champs" in 1958. Then we were teammates at Jefferson H.S. We've been friends everyday since then. He was a great man and friend. D. S. Sims
David Sims
December 17, 2017
RiP #60. From your old teammate #66. 1963 National Champion Texas Longhorns.
George Brucks
December 17, 2017
We are so sorry for your loss.
Gail Huggins and Family
December 17, 2017
May God grant the family friends and fans of Mr Falcon
the peace needed during this time
My prayers are with you
P
December 17, 2017
So sorry to hear about your loss. I know Tommy's memories will last forever in your heart. May the passage of Psalm 116:15 give you peace and comfort.
Cynthia
December 17, 2017
To Nobis family : as a eleven year old became a UT Longhorn fan that was in 1963 , Mr Tommy Nobis was my hero . Actually saw him play in the cotton bowl in 1965 against SMU .
A great football player but what I understand was a better man . God Family job . He led his life well and always the name Tommy Nobis will be respected and remembered . My condolences to the Nobis family .
Garry Thornhill
December 16, 2017
I met Mr. Nobis When
the falcons formed a basketball team and played at Sequoyah High in 1971. True Gentleman
THOMAS FULLER
December 16, 2017
So sorry to see you go, but you did your job and then some for the Atlanta Falcons. Coy Wire was good, but I don't think he was as good as you. Rest in Peace dude....
KER
December 16, 2017
DH and Family
December 15, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. Tommy was what linebackers & good men were measured against! He was a great football player but he was a better man!
He is missed by all who knew him!
God Bless You Tommy!
Hook'em
Bob & Donna McKay Austin ,Texas
December 15, 2017
Lynn, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Tommy was one of the finest people I ever had the pleasure of meeting
Nick Smith
December 15, 2017
Tommy Nobis was not only a great player, he was a great man.
Michael Brown
December 15, 2017
We wanted to send a note to the Nobis family. I met Tommy back in 1986 as a young underwriter with Wausau Insurance Companies. I visited the Falcons facility in the Suwanee area to review the facilities. I met a very fine gentlemen that was a great player for the Falcons and most of all a great messenger for the NFL.

Lynn and I will be thinking about all of you. We will all miss Tommy and his great level of professionalism that he displayed all of the times so eloquently even when the Falcons had some very tough seasons. He was always such a fan favorite and had time to spend with so many of us.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Tommy's family. Please know that he will be dearly missed. Tommy thanks for all of the memories my friend. God bless all you.

Best regards,


Mike S. Hight, Ph.D., CPCU, MBA
and spouse Ms. Norma Lynn Hall
Colorado Springs, CO
Mike Hight
December 15, 2017
It was my honor to be friends with Tommy for over 50 years. Great person and the probably the best football player in Texas Longhorn history. Tommy was #60 to everyone at Texas, but when people would say Tommy was#60, he would say "The real #60 is Johnny Treadwell" (the All Ameican Longhorn linebacker preceding Tommy). Tommy was humble throughout his life but, a dominating force on the football field. The DKR Longhorns have lost a great one. Thoughts and prayers to Lynn and the Nobis family. RIP #60.
Bill Hall
Friend
December 15, 2017
Sincere condolences to the Nobis family for your loss. May God comfort each of you during your time of mourning.
J C
December 15, 2017
A tradition of Texas, rest easy Booger Red
Bruce Brian
December 15, 2017
May God give you holy spirit.
l
December 15, 2017
My father Harry Gilmer was a Falcon coach and thought so highly of Tommy as did my mother. I had the opportunity to meet with him several times during the meals held after the games for players and their families. My family send their prayers to your entire family and those who loved me. Coni Gilmer
Coni Gilmer
December 15, 2017
My condolences to the family of Tommy Nobis for your loss. May the love of family and friends carry you through this time of grief. May you find strength and comfort in God's promise to be a secure refuge in times of distress. Psalm 9:9
December 15, 2017
Out thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Nobis family - had the honor of meeting him once and shaking his hand
Debbie and Charley Remaley
December 15, 2017
Please know that my prayers are with you. I will always remember Mr. Nobis sitting sadly alone in Memorial Stadium after the loss of his brother Joe. Now the horn of Gabriel has blown for another Longhorn great. Hook 'em
MICKEY DORSEY
December 15, 2017
I am a member of the class of '62 Thomas Jefferson High School and there was not anyone kinder or friendlier or a better football player than Tommy Nobis! RIP Sir . Condolences to his family-- we have all lost a treasure.

BC
December 15, 2017
May the God of comfort bring your family peace at this time. You are in my prayers.
December 15, 2017
Lynn and family, I am sorry for your loss. I have served on the Board at Nobis Works for almost 5 years and will never forget Tommys interest in my son, Chris. Tommy was a giant on the field, but demonstrated an even bigger heart to those who needed help. A gentle giant that was all in to helping others at Nobis Works and the community. While it has been very hard in recent times, you will begin to celebrate in time the wonderful Tommy memories your family has enjoyed. The legacy that Tommy has left lives and will continue to live on. May God Bless and Comfort you during this time.
Alan Moak
Friend
December 15, 2017
He was the Atlanta Falcons in the early years
Dan Thurston
December 15, 2017
So sad to hear about the passing of Tommy Nobis. What a great man! I have fond memories of watching him play when I was young. I had the distinct honor of meeting him a few years ago at the Phil Niekro Classic. I remember how his eyes twinkled when I told him about how much I enjoyed watching him play when I was a child. My condolences for the family.
Jeff Duncan
December 15, 2017
So sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time.
December 15, 2017
Prayers for your family. Tommy Nobis was my boyhood hero. I coached high school football for 30 years in Georgia and I mentioned his name every year to young players as a model linebacker and man. Loved the way he played and lived. God Bless. Bubba Jeter
December 15, 2017
I WAS THERE FOR OPENING DAY AND MANY YEARS. TOMMY ASKED ME TO HELP HIM WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS OF GEORGIA AND WE DID TV SHOW FUND RAISER, GOLF TOURNAMENTS,ECT.
A MAN OF PURPOSE FOR OTHERS ON AND OFF THE FIELD. HE USED HIS GOD GIVEN TALENTS TO HELP OTHERS AND I WAS PROUD TO KNOW HIM AS A FRIEND.
MY CONDOLENCE'S TO LYNN AND THE FAMILY. A WONDERFUL MAN, THANK YOU GOD FOR THE LIVES HE TOUCHED.
BROOKS SCHOEN
December 15, 2017
I played against Tommy in junior high school when he quarterbacked for Emerson High School and I quarterbacked for Sam Houston High School. He was big and strong even as a young junior high player.
Rest in peace, Tommy.
Michael Brown
December 15, 2017
Mike Huggins
December 15, 2017
Lynn, Tommy, Kevin, Devon, Family, Friends,

Sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one. Cherish his precious memories. Keeping the family in our prayers. May the God who gives peace be with all of you.-RO.15:33
December 15, 2017
First met Tommy working alongside him at the San Antonio Coca-Cola Bottling Company where we worked summers during high school. We called him carrot top. Later we saw each other on the UT campus. Can't forget his infectious smile. Always humble about his Saturday performance. Most of all Tommy was a gentleman. He was kind, compassionate, and respected everyone. Lost touch with him when we left UT in 66. I am fortunate to have known him. My sincere condolences to those that loved him. He will forever be in my prayers.
God Bless,
Dr. J San Miguel
December 15, 2017
A man who's love of the sport and expanded in so many other positive directions during his life, I did get to visit with Tommy two falls ago a Buddy Curries "Kids are Pros" @ the College Football Hall of Fame, we compared limps and laughed and talked about the good ole days. God Speed To Mr. Tommy Nobis Forever.
Al Whitton
Friend
December 15, 2017
Was my hero growing up in Emory Texas. I was about 13 years old when he held joe Namath on the 1 yard line in the Orange Bowl. A great longhorn and a good man
Johnny Northcutt
December 15, 2017
I have seen every game Tommy played as an Atlanta Falcon he is my mentor and a hero on and off the field. You will be missed by everyone you played with and all the people you helped with your personal involvement in the Nobis center.
Harold Bevis life time season ticket holder.
Harold Bevis
December 15, 2017
As a long time falcons fan I was saddened to hear of the passing the great Tommy Nobis. As a little boy 7 years old he was my idle because of his toughness but I most admired his humility and kindness towards others. I will always be a falcons fan forever because of Tommy Nobis.
Danny Reichard
December 14, 2017
So sorry to hear about Tommy passing.Jesus called you home.Please God help comforted the Nobis family.
Steve Cochran
December 14, 2017
Our family always cherished the kindness you showed us.

You were a caring and giving human being that lived your beliefs.

When people mention #60, everyone knows what that means.

Peace and Blessings to your family.

Rest Well, Tommy.
G T Hanson
December 14, 2017
May you RIP big guy. Sure remember your time in the football field, thanks for the memories.
John
December 14, 2017
Great football player. Class act . RIP Tommy , you played hard .
Gerry Gould
December 14, 2017
With heartfelt sympathy. Please accept my deepest condolences. May you continue to cherish his precious memories together. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort to offer you comfort and to give you the strength to endure during these difficult times ahead.
December 14, 2017
Please add my name with the class of 62 at Jefferson where Tommy graduated in San Antonio. He was always a favorite with his kind, unassuming ways ... a friend to all!!! Can't believe he is gone.
We are all saddened by his passing and extend our deepest condolences to Lynn
and his family!
Connie Muecke Bawcom
December 14, 2017
Safe travels Tommy.....you were a class act and will be missed
Bill Collins
December 14, 2017
The Longhorn Nation has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Mr. Nobis. In Georgia he was known as Mr. Falcon . . . in Texas as Mr. #60. The Orange Tower will glow forever a little dimmer. The thoughts and prayers of all the people whose lives he touched are with his at this time of sorrow. The Eyes of Texas are Upon You and Yours. Rest in Peace #60.
Mrs. Dennis Kamenitsa
December 14, 2017
What great memories I have watching you in Fulton County Stadium playing with Steve Bartkowski And Claude Humphrey.
Doll Hutton
December 14, 2017
Godspeed Tommy, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
December 14, 2017
Freddie Rhett
December 14, 2017
A devoted family man and a Christian who loved his Savior in Christ Jesus first and chose to give back to his community with helping the less fortunate to a better life. Rest in peace.
The family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Don & Cathy Whitney
December 14, 2017
We are very sadden to hear about Tommys passing.
We have very fond memories over these many years that we have known Tommy and his family.Wonderful memories of our families vacationing together at Hilton Head and the children playing sports together!Tommy was a kind and a genuine friend.Our sincerest condolences to Lynn and the family.
Bob and Dodee Schultz
Friend
December 14, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Nobis am sorry for your great loss.
December 14, 2017
greatest falcon of all, RIP god bless
Tom Nicksich
December 14, 2017
To the Family, sorry for your loss.
Not only a loss for you but to the millions of people who knew him, including myself. I have a picture with Tommy, my Mother and myself where I was awarded employee of the year that I will cherish forever.
Robert Hullett
Friend
December 14, 2017
Rip
Tommy Steward
December 14, 2017
To the family I want to say I am so sorry for your loss. Tommy Nobis meant a lot to me and to all of us who went and worked at The Tommy Nobis Center.. I hope his legacy will continue and just know that those of us who worked at the center and got to know him through the years are mourning with you but we all know we will get to see each other in the future .
Rebecca Bruner
December 14, 2017
Draw close to God and he will draw close to you.
December 14, 2017
Draw close to God and he will comfort and strengthen you.
December 14, 2017
I knew Tommy Nobis when he played for my father. He was like a big friendly bear of a man who was probably the most sensible person in a very raucous group of national champions. I have fond memories. He was a sweetheart, but tough as nails. With any luck, I will see you in heaven.
Mackq Royal
December 14, 2017
Rest in Peace Mr.Nobis.I grew up watching you play middle linebacker and you were one of the greatest.
Brian Hogan
December 14, 2017
My sincere condolences to a man who seems to have been a very good person to all that he met.
December 14, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the Nobis family.
Edith Kaspin
December 14, 2017
Devon, I am so sorry for your loss. I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Tina Hood
December 14, 2017
Truly saddened to hear about Tommy Nobis' passing. His fine legacy will surely be remembered. I hope to meet him in Paradise! Luke23:43
December 14, 2017
My son-in-law and I were at my grandson's JV football game in West Texas this season. A kid made a great tackle on the running back about chest-high and drove him backwards. "Ever heard of Tommy Nobis" , I asked ? He was too young to know but I told him how my dad knew his dad back in San Antonio, Texas. How he was the top draft pick by the Falcons, linebacker for the Longhorns in their prime, etc, etc. The number "60" to me was as revered as Mantle's number "7".
Rest in Peace #60.
Steve Langston
December 14, 2017
To Tommy's family, so sorry for your loss. May you find strength and comfort in God's peace.
Joanne Jackson
December 14, 2017
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
SUEANN
December 14, 2017
We'll miss you !
Adrian Barnette
December 14, 2017
The best defensive player ever! Thanks for the great memories.
Carl
December 14, 2017
Dear Fran, you have our deepest sympathy and may Tommy Rest In Peace. Fondly, Sara & Morton
Morton Grosswald
Friend
December 14, 2017
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to know and work for Tommy Nobis. He had that big go get em Texas personality with a heart as sweet as a Georgia peach!! There was such a magnetism about him and everyone just loved Tommy. We just lost one of the great men in this country and God just gained a wonderful angel in the Heavenly Hall of Fame!
Linda Mosher
December 14, 2017
Great memories of a great football player and a super great man.Huge heart.
sam hardin
December 14, 2017
I'm sorry about your passing. You are the best Texas Longhorn defensive football player ever in my thoughts.
Paul Morris
Significant_other
December 14, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Taylor's
December 14, 2017
You were my first Childhood hero. God bless you and family during this difficult time. Thank you Sir for the memories. Godspeed.
Mike Angel
Tampa
Mike Angel
December 14, 2017
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