Tommy Nobis

  • Born: September 20, 1943
  • Died: December 13, 2017
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia


Longtime Atlanta Falcons linebacker…

Tommy Nobis, longtime Atlanta Falcons linebacker, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, following an extended illness, according to The Associated Press. He was 74. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

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 .

Posted by Constance Gilmer - Fayetteville, GA   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.

Posted by Chris Chambers - San Antonio, TX - acquaintance   September 09, 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.

Posted by Kathy Henry - Marietta, GA   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

Posted by Shawn Whitman - San Antonio, TX   January 08, 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

Posted by Carlton Sharpe - Lyons, GA   January 07, 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.

Posted by G Scribner - Baltimore, MD   January 05, 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.

Posted by Larry Crittle - Decatur Ga.   December 28, 2017

So sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with family and loved ones.

Posted by A friend   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.

Posted by Tommy Walker - Las Vegas, NV   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.

Posted by Patricia (Pat) Hamrick - Phoenix, AZ   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.

Posted by A friend   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by Top Erwin - Wakulla Springs, FL   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.

Posted by Bob Turner - Atlanta, GA - 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.

Posted by Rich Bruney - Kennesaw, GA   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

Posted by M Scott - MD   December 19, 2017

It always hurts to lose family. May you find comfort in each other and your faith.

Posted by Usreys - Goldthwaite, TX   December 18, 2017

May the God of all comfort give your family much comfort during your time of loss.

Posted by A friend   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.

Posted by A friend   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

Posted by A friend   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

Posted by A Caring Neighbor    December 18, 2017

Posted by Karan Wider - Columbus, OH   December 18, 2017

A great football player but a better man. A true role model. Condolences to his family. RIP Number 60.

Posted by Neil Rice - Prattville, AL   December 18, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Posted by - Cleveland   December 18, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   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.


Posted by Miriam Strickman Levitas - Atlanta, GA   December 17, 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

Posted by David Sims - Helotes, TX   December 17, 2017

RiP #60. From your old teammate #66. 1963 National Champion Texas Longhorns.

Posted by George Brucks - Hondo, TX   December 17, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Gail Huggins and Family - Savannah, GA   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

Posted by P - Lithonia, GA   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.

Posted by 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 .

Posted by Garry Thornhill - Sherman, TX   December 16, 2017

I met Mr. Nobis When
the falcons formed a basketball team and played at Sequoyah High in 1971. True Gentleman

Posted by THOMAS FULLER - WOODSTOCK, GA   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....

Posted by KER - Orlando, FL   December 16, 2017

Posted by 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!
Bob & Donna McKay Austin ,Texas

Posted by A friend   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

Posted by Nick Smith - Southport, NC   December 15, 2017

Tommy Nobis was not only a great player, he was a great man.

Posted by Michael Brown - Marietta, GA   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

Posted by Mike Hight - Colorado Springs, CO   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.

Posted by Bill Hall - Fort Worth, TX - friend   December 15, 2017

Sincere condolences to the Nobis family for your loss. May God comfort each of you during your time of mourning.

Posted by J C    December 15, 2017

A tradition of Texas, rest easy Booger Red

Posted by Bruce Brian - Clarksville, AR   December 15, 2017

May God give you holy spirit.

Posted by 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

Posted by Coni Gilmer - Fayetteville, GA   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

Posted by A friend   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

Posted by Debbie and Charley Remaley - Dacula, GA   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

Posted by MICKEY DORSEY - AUSTIN, TX   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.


Posted by A friend   December 15, 2017

May the God of comfort bring your family peace at this time. You are in my prayers.

Posted by - VA   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.

Posted by Alan Moak - Brookhaven, GA - friend   December 15, 2017

He was the Atlanta Falcons in the early years

Posted by Dan Thurston - Forsyth, GA   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.

Posted by Jeff Duncan - Canton, GA   December 15, 2017

So sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort grant you strength during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   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

Posted by A friend   December 15, 2017


Posted by BROOKS SCHOEN - ATLANTA, GA   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.

Posted by Michael Brown - Mineola, TX   December 15, 2017

Posted by Mike Huggins - Savannah, GA   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

Posted by A friend   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,

Posted by Dr. J San Miguel - Pacific Grove, CA   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.

Posted by Al Whitton - Whitefish, Mt, MT - friend   December 14, 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

Posted by Johnny Northcutt - Emory, TX   December 14, 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.

Posted by Harold Bevis - Atlanta, GA   December 14, 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.

Posted by Danny Reichard - Lawrenceville, GA   December 14, 2017

So sorry to hear about Tommy passing.Jesus called you home.Please God help comforted the Nobis family.

Posted by Steve Cochran - Forsyth, GA   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.

Posted by G T Hanson - Dacula, GA   December 14, 2017

May you RIP big guy. Sure remember your time in the football field, thanks for the memories.

Posted by John - Apple Valley, CA   December 14, 2017

Great football player. Class act . RIP Tommy , you played hard .

Posted by Gerry Gould - Mooresville, NC   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.

Posted by A friend   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!

Posted by Connie Muecke Bawcom - Dallas, TX   December 14, 2017

Safe travels were a class act and will be missed

Posted by Bill Collins - Ormond Beach, FL   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.

Posted by Mrs. Dennis Kamenitsa - Austin, TX   December 14, 2017


What great memories I have watching you in Fulton County Stadium playing with Steve Bartkowski And Claude Humphrey.

Posted by Doll Hutton - Roswell, GA   December 14, 2017


Godspeed Tommy, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   December 14, 2017


Posted by Freddie Rhett - Savannah, GA   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

Posted by A friend   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.

Posted by Bob and Dodee Schultz - Marietta, GA - friend   December 14, 2017

My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr Nobis am sorry for your great loss.

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2017

greatest falcon of all, RIP god bless

Posted by Tom Nicksich - Lake city, GA   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.

Posted by Robert Hullett - Temple, GA - friend   December 14, 2017


Posted by Tommy Steward - Gainesville, FL   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 .

Posted by Rebecca Bruner - Long Beach, MS   December 14, 2017

Draw close to God and he will draw close to you.

Posted by A friend   December 14, 2017

Draw close to God and he will comfort and strengthen you.

Posted by A friend   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.

Posted by Mackq Royal - Austin, TX   December 14, 2017

Rest in Peace Mr.Nobis.I grew up watching you play middle linebacker and you were one of the greatest.

Posted by Brian Hogan - Cartersville, GA   December 14, 2017

My sincere condolences to a man who seems to have been a very good person to all that he met.

Posted by - IN   December 14, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the Nobis family.

Posted by Edith Kaspin - San Diego Calif.   December 14, 2017

Devon, I am so sorry for your loss. I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Tina Hood - GA   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

Posted by - Bronx, NY   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.

Posted by Steve Langston - SAN ANGELO, TX   December 14, 2017

To Tommy's family, so sorry for your loss. May you find strength and comfort in God's peace.

Posted by Joanne Jackson - Dallas, TX   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.

Posted by SUEANN    December 14, 2017

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   December 14, 2017

The best defensive player ever! Thanks for the great memories.

Posted by Carl - Oglethorpe, GA   December 14, 2017

Dear Fran, you have our deepest sympathy and may Tommy Rest In Peace. Fondly, Sara & Morton

Posted by Morton Grosswald - Atlanta, GA - 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!

Posted by Linda Mosher - Marietta, GA   December 14, 2017

Great memories of a great football player and a super great man.Huge heart.

Posted by sam hardin - roswell, GA   December 14, 2017

I'm sorry about your passing. You are the best Texas Longhorn defensive football player ever in my thoughts.

Posted by Paul Morris - White Plains, NY - significant_other   December 14, 2017

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Taylor's - D,T   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

Posted by Mike Angel - Tampa, FL   December 14, 2017


Posted by SANDRA NOBIS HAECKER NOBIS - SAN ANTONIO, TX   December 14, 2017

One of the reason Jim Brown said he gave for leaving football was, at the old College All-Star game, his Browns were playing and Nobis and Dick Butkus each grabbed one of Brown's legs and Butkus, said, "Make a wish." Brown said these guiys didn't fear him, so he wasn't going to stay around. Love ya, Tommy.

Posted by mike lawler - pottstown, PA   December 14, 2017


RIP Mr. Falcon. Growing up watching you play is one of the highlights of my life. Prayers for strength and comfort go out to him family and dear friends.

Posted by Scott B - NC   December 14, 2017

I am so sorry to hear about the death of one of the finest middle linebackers, to play the game of football. That is in College at University of Texas and for the Atlanta Falcons for 10 years. I saw the first game that he played for the Atlanta Falcons at home. Tommy Nobis was a fine man and one of the greatest middle linebackers to play the game. May God Bless his family. Rip Tommy .

Posted by Jerry Massey - Powder Springs, GA   December 14, 2017

Tommy was a senior when I attended Thomas Jefferson High School, and I was a sophomore...He played for the Mustangs, and was very popular in school... I am surprised to learn of his death..My condolences and prayers for the family...RIP Tommy...You are a legend, and will be missed by so many...

Posted by Floyd Smith - Rock Hill, SC   December 14, 2017


RIP: You Will Be Missed The Untouchable Football Legend. God Bless

Posted by J Bart-Kuhn - Fort Lauderdale, FL   December 13, 2017

To A True Football Legend, your untouchable record has literally touched millions of our hearts including mine, making you unforgettable. RIP God Bless You & Your Family♥

Posted by Joelle Bart-Kuhn - Fort Lauderdale, FL   December 13, 2017

I grew up playing sports at the Peachtree Hills rec center. I will never forget the day I came in and there was the newly drafted Falcons linebacker Tommy Nobis.

All of us kids were in awe just meeting him. If I remember correctly he was friends with the rec center director at that time.

To us he was HUGE and he would hold the basketball high over his head while we all climbed all over him trying to reach it.

RIP Mr.Falcon, #60, Tommy Nobis and condolences to his family.

Posted by Bill Powell - Powder Springs, GA   December 13, 2017


Posted by PETE DODGEN - LAWRENCEVILLE, GA   December 13, 2017

I can hear the announcer saying, "Nobis on the tackle" with almost every play during the early games of the Falcons. My husband and I were there to see him at the first Falcon game and for many, many years. He was such a favorite, highly admired for his work on and off the fiend. We are better for having known him. God bless his family.He will surely be missed.

Posted by Clayton and Jean Griffing - Charlotte, NC   December 13, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of Tommy's passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with Lynn and family at this sad time.

Posted by Bob Turner - Atlanta, GA   December 13, 2017

As a boy growing up in Columbus I always heard stories about what a great linebacker Tommy Nobis was and how he had a "nose for the ball".

When I moved to California and played ILB, I was proud of the fact that I had a "nose for the ball." I wanted to be like Tommy Nobis, even though I never saw him play, simply because of his legend.

RIP linebacker..........

Posted by Charles Eddy - Sacramento, CA   December 13, 2017

Tommy Nobis was an all time great at linebacker both in college and the NFL ! R.I.P.

Posted by Peter Cullen - Bloomfield, NJ   December 13, 2017

Deepest sympathy for the entire family. Mr. Nobis earned my utmost respect with Nobis Industries. He did great work with thousands of mentally handicapped Georgians. He was a huge, intimidating man on the gridiron. But he had a caring heart of gold. And I feel better by knowing him. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by James and Donna O'Brien - Dallas, GA   December 13, 2017

Tommy Nobis played in the NFL in the days when a players salary wasnt what it is today. Even at his level of talent and respect, an off season job was often necessary for a complete living. Mr. Nobis off season job for a time was at Reeder and McGaughey Sporting Goods in Buckhead. Bought a few pairs of cleats from him as a youth. He sat in the same pew as my family at St. Annes Episcopal Church. What a fine, normal, unaffected gentleman. It was also an era of relative unsophisticated knee repair. Rest In Peace, Mr. Nobis. Glad your knees dont hurt anymore,

Posted by Charlie Davis - Savannah, GA   December 13, 2017

Remembering Tommy as one of the finest gentleman that our family ever met among
hundreds of athletes our home received.
Bless you Tommy and your Family.

Posted by The Parker Family - Dalton, GA   December 13, 2017

It is wonderful to read the numerous accounts of Tommy's noble character, on and off the field. He was certainly one of the greatest football players at any position, any level, and any era. The epitome of a Hall Of Fame caliber player and man.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Nobis, and thank you for being a model for decency and excellence.

Posted by A friend   December 13, 2017

Posted by Bob Harrison - Athens, GA   December 13, 2017

Atlanta's First Falcon...Atlanta's Greatest Falcon! Our friend. Blessings, The Calloway Family

Posted by Andrew, Austin & Alex Calloway - Atlanta, GA   December 13, 2017

I'm so saddened to hear of Tommy's passing. He was a great inspiration to all he came in touch with. I've known Tommy since I was 13 and enjoyed every moment I was around him. My step father (Whitey) loved Tommy from day one in 1966. I'm sure they'll have some stories to share in heaven. Thoughts and prayers to Lynn and the entire Nobis family. You will be missed. RIP #60.

Posted by Jerry Naumann - St Augustine, FL   December 13, 2017

Mr. Nobis,

I was very young towards the end of your career, but I knew who you were as a stand out player. As a young boy I became somewhat of a football historian and memorized all the information on the back of the player's cards, yours included. Now, having played football myself, I too, suffer from the same brain trauma issues. I just hope they can find a cure before the next generation ends up like us. RIP Sir.

Posted by Bill Howe - Maricopa, AZ   December 13, 2017

Watched Tommy Nobis from day one... A man of character. Great player as well. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by Dan Carey - Mountain City, TN   December 13, 2017

60. What great memories. Great football player. Better man. Shook my hand in 1976 at a sports banquet. This young coach was awed. God bless the Tommy Nobis family.

Posted by Frank Harrell - Cookeville, TN   December 13, 2017

I know he was a great football player, but to me, he was just a nice guy who always had a smile when he brought his dog in to our vet practice. He was definitely one of the good guys. My deepest sympathies to Mrs Nobis and the family during this time of loss.

Posted by Tami McGraw, DVM - Hawkinsville, GA   December 13, 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.

Posted by Patricia (Pat) Hamrick - Phoenix, AZ   December 13, 2017


I am very sorry to hear of your father's passing.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family

#60 is soaring higher than ever...

Posted by Kevin Howard - Augusta, GA   December 13, 2017

Mr Falcon we will miss you spent 50 years as season ticket holder at one time had 50 season tickets Peace be with your family Tom mccracken

Posted by Tom Mccracken - Atlanta, GA   December 13, 2017

Definitely the best linebacker to play for the Falcons. Played his heart out every game.

Posted by Adger Moore, Jr. - Houston, TX   December 13, 2017

RIP #60, you were one of the all time greats!

Posted by Monte Alcanter - Torrance, CA   December 13, 2017

Posted by frederick hlomes jr - Riverdale, GA   December 13, 2017

Saw him in the late 80s when he was working in management walking up the aisle from the field. Looked like he could still get it done. Chiseled in stone still. He had a big smile for all of us who looked up and said Hey Tommy! Great Player and Great person.

Posted by Toby Barwick - GA   December 13, 2017


My prayers are with you and your family as you grieve the loss of Tommy. I'm sorry I never had the pleasure of meeting him, he sounds like he had a huge heart, and was , to put it simply, a fine man.

Peace and love,

Posted by vance hanifen - Peachtree Corners, GA   December 13, 2017

We'll miss you !

Posted by Adrian Barnette - Topeka, KS   December 13, 2017

Mrs. Nobis and Family, our hearts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of need. My husband and I met both you and Mr. Nobis at one of the luncheons for the Galaxy of Stars. We have a picture with him and he signed footballs for our two grandboys Jack and Jacob. He was a great man not only at football but by starting Nobis works. Many people have jobs due to this program when no one else would hire them, including my husband Chris Wasserman, Sr., he now works for WellStar Health System. Nobis Works gave us hope when no one else would. We are so grateful Tommy Nobis for everything you have accomplished in this world for other people. You have a special place in our hearts and in heaven!

Posted by Chris and Bernie Wasserman - Marietta, GA   December 13, 2017

Number 60 was one of the greatest football player of the Atlanta Falcons. He was a hitter.
Jim Landreau
Macon, Ga

Posted by Jim Landreau - Macon, GA   December 13, 2017

Mr. Nobis set tbe standard by which all Atlanta Falcons have, and will continue to be measured; both on, and off the field. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Jim Marshall - Murrieta, CA   December 13, 2017

So very sorry to hear of Tommy's passing.
I have the utmost respect for this great man. He had
It all....
On the field and off the field, he was an inspiration to us all.
With great sympathy,
E.J. Holub
Kansas City Chiefs

Posted by E.J. And Sandi Holub - Midlnd, TX   December 13, 2017

As a parent of one of the Tommy Nobis Center "kids", I have wonderful memories of this giant of a man being so kind, loving and tender to the participants, and particularly the Valentines Day Dance he hosted. It was one of the highlights of my daughters year.
Ebb Oakley, father of Alden Oakley

Posted by Ebb Oakley - Atlanta, GA   December 13, 2017

Thank you Tommy . Without doubt you are the greatest Falcon ever and none will ever surpass you. The NFL HOF is a joke until you are named. Only your work for the mentally and physically challenged at the Nobis Center could match what you accomplished for Texas and Atlanta on the field of play. You are missed.

Posted by Mark Taylor - Albany,, GA   December 13, 2017

RIP #60 You were the best!
Spencer Smith, Jr.

Posted by Spencer Smith, Jr - Smyrna, GA   December 13, 2017

Posted by Jim Watson - Woodstock, GA - friend   December 13, 2017

Condolence to the Nobis family. Saw him play in the 60's. Met him with the Falcons in the 90's. As great a player as he was, he was an even greater person. A man of tremendous character.
R.I.P. #60
Bobby April

Posted by A friend   December 13, 2017

A true professional in every sense of the word, on and off the field. Proud to have called you a friend.
Our love and prayers to Lynn and family.

Posted by Jimmy & Karen Robinson - Atlanta, GA   December 13, 2017

When I started playing football in high school i got the number 60 because of Tommy Nobis. I'd have worn it though my high school career but my coach made me change to 50 because he moved to center and he was one of those coaches who said centers were 50's, guards 60's, tackles 70's. I argued I also played line backer playing both sides of the ball, but he made me stay 50. Oh well, this was not supposed to be about me :-). Nobis was awesome through his football career and after. What a great man.

Posted by Tim Butzon - Ellijay, GA   December 13, 2017

Always a fan of the player and the gentleman. He did Atlanta proud RIP

Posted by Ruth Baird - GA   December 13, 2017

What a great player and gentleman He spoke st the a Carrollton Kiwanis Club when I was program chairman
Largest crowd we had all year

Posted by Richard Dixon - Carrollton, GA   December 13, 2017

So sorry to learn of Mr. Nobis' passing. He was my football hero growing up. I first met him while covering a Falcons game in the late 80's. Next time I was in the press box covering Ga Tech. Tommy was there scouting another great Falcons linebacker, Keith Brooking. He was kind, outgoing and deserves to be in the NFL Hall of Fame! My condolences to the Nobis Family.

Posted by Todd Wilson - Macon, GA   December 13, 2017

I had the honor and the pleasure to meet Tommy many times. The first time was when he offered me a free agent position with the Falcons. Later, he was a regular for many years at the NFL Alumni charity golf tournament until he could not play anymore. I also enjoyed visiting with him at Longorhn Lettermen reunions. He was one of the nicest, kindest, most honest people I have ever met. He will me missed by many.

Posted by Raul Allegre - Austin, TX   December 13, 2017

Met Tommy at his home in the seventies as a repairman for AGL He treated me like I was special. Never forgot it Nice Guy

Posted by Ron Brown - Acworth, GA   December 13, 2017

I remember going to the Falcons game with my Dad in 1966. There were folks who had great difficulty distinguishing the Falcons from the Georgia Bulldogs back in those days. However, Tommy was the star that helped bring Atlanta into the "Prime Time" during the '60s.

Posted by Morris Gavant - Baltimore, MD   December 13, 2017

I knew Tommy when he was @ Atlanta back in the 60's.He was such a nice guy.I will never forget him.To his wife, Iam sorry about his death and hope you are doing okay.
Carl Pittman

Posted by carl pittman - naples, FL   December 13, 2017

Posted by joe hawley - dallas, TX   December 13, 2017

Thank you Mr. Falcon for all of the great memories. Sending prayers of peace and healing to family and friends. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by James and Monique Blackburn - Peachtree Corners, GA   December 13, 2017

Posted by Andy Hilbun    December 13, 2017

Dear Family of Mr. Nobis: I am sorry for your loss. I lost my father 10 years ago at 73, so I do know how this feels. I will be praying for the family and know that he is in a better place, and is not in any pain or discomfort.

RIP, Mr. Falcon

Posted by Phil Bush - Brookhaven, GA   December 13, 2017

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