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The Teacher that Named the Falcons

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I know this is common knowledge among us Falcon fans but this picture of her really made me happy haha, wish she was here to see this.

Teacher helped name Falcons

  • Andy Johnston
  • For the AJC
11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 Metro Atlanta / State news
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Former team owner Rankin Smith, Julia Elliott, then-Georgia coach Vince Dooley and Norm Van Brocklin before a game in the 1960s. Elliott, a school teacher in Griffin, suggested Falcons as the team’s nickname.
 

Q: How was the falcon chosen for the name and mascot of the Atlanta Falcons?

—Kathy McDonough, Peachtree Corners

A: The Falcons could have been called the Atlanta Lancers.

Or other types of fine feathery, and fictional, fowl, such as Firebirds or Thunderbirds.

Those were among the suggested nicknames for Atlanta’s new NFL team.

The franchise held a contest in 1965, a year before the team began play, and the submissions came pouring in, including at least a couple — Rebels and Crackers — that might not fly these days.

There were Bombers and Fireballs, Knights and Thrashers, both of which we would see later as Atlanta hockey teams.

And don’t forget Vibrants.

But Julia Elliott, a teacher in Griffin, soared to the top with the winning entry.

Several people actually nominated Falcons, but Elliott, who died in 1990, won because of her description, the team states on its website.

“The Falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight,” she wrote. “It never drops its prey. It’s deadly and has a great sporting tradition.”

Team owner Rankin Smith said at the time: “I think the Atlanta Falcons is a good name, and we’ll do our best to make it a famous one.”

The Falcons, who began playing in 1966 in the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium as an NFL expansion team, are in the Super Bowl for only the second time this year, on Sunday vs. the New England Patriots.

And FYI, Lancers and Thrashers finished tied for second.

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47 minutes ago, MissBlackandRed said:

I know this is common knowledge among us Falcon fans but this picture of her really made me happy haha, wish she was here to see this.

Teacher helped name Falcons

  • Andy Johnston
  • For the AJC
11:20 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 Metro Atlanta / State news
photos.medleyphoto.11219602.jpg
 
Former team owner Rankin Smith, Julia Elliott, then-Georgia coach Vince Dooley and Norm Van Brocklin before a game in the 1960s. Elliott, a school teacher in Griffin, suggested Falcons as the team’s nickname.
 

Q: How was the falcon chosen for the name and mascot of the Atlanta Falcons?

—Kathy McDonough, Peachtree Corners

A: The Falcons could have been called the Atlanta Lancers.

Or other types of fine feathery, and fictional, fowl, such as Firebirds or Thunderbirds.

Those were among the suggested nicknames for Atlanta’s new NFL team.

The franchise held a contest in 1965, a year before the team began play, and the submissions came pouring in, including at least a couple — Rebels and Crackers — that might not fly these days.

There were Bombers and Fireballs, Knights and Thrashers, both of which we would see later as Atlanta hockey teams.

And don’t forget Vibrants.

But Julia Elliott, a teacher in Griffin, soared to the top with the winning entry.

Several people actually nominated Falcons, but Elliott, who died in 1990, won because of her description, the team states on its website.

“The Falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight,” she wrote. “It never drops its prey. It’s deadly and has a great sporting tradition.”

Team owner Rankin Smith said at the time: “I think the Atlanta Falcons is a good name, and we’ll do our best to make it a famous one.”

The Falcons, who began playing in 1966 in the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium as an NFL expansion team, are in the Super Bowl for only the second time this year, on Sunday vs. the New England Patriots.

And FYI, Lancers and Thrashers finished tied for second.

Well Rankin did one thing right anyway.

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47 minutes ago, DawnOfThemBirds said:

May she continue to rest in peace.

 

She should be put in the Falcons ROH just for that.

She should be given a place of honor.  At the very least, her picture should be placed somewhere near the main entrance to the new stadium......adjacent to the new Nazi-like sculpture that is planned.  

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19 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

You guys should have seen some of the logos we considered using. God awful. One that was nearly selected looked like a drunk rooster.

lawdy,we have earned that moniker a few seasons,but not this one.......

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30 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

You guys should have seen some of the logos we considered using. God awful. One that was nearly selected looked like a drunk rooster.

Omg what did I just see?

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