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Falcons assistant head coach named to Hall of Fame

POSTED: February 13, 2008 5:03 a.m.
FLOWERY BRANCH Atlanta Falcons Assistant Head Coach Emmitt Thomas was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame today.

Thomas was a standout defensive back for 13 years with the Kansas City Chiefs (1966-78). He played in 181 NFL games, including Super Bowls I and IV, and was selected to play in five Pro Bowls. He owns two Super Bowl rings as an Assistant Coach (Washington Redskins, Super Bowl XXII and XXVI) and one as a player (Kansas Chiefs, Super Bowl IV). Thomas finished his career with 58 interceptions, including one in Super Bowl IV against Minnesota, which is the ninth-most ever in NFL history and he led the League in interceptions twice in a single-season. He is a member of the Chiefs Hall of Fame and his name is etched on the walls at Arrowhead Stadium.

"Emmitt Thomas’ selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame tops off what has been a spectacular career in the National Football League," said Falcons Owner & CEO Arthur Blank. "Emmitt epitomizes professionalism and he had a spectacular 13-year playing career. The Atlanta Falcons congratulate Emmitt, his wife Jacqui and his entire family."

Last month, Thomas was promoted to Falcons Assistant Head Coach as the 28-year coaching veteran enters his seventh season with the team. Last season, Thomas served as Atlanta’s Defensive Backs Coach prior to being named Interim Head Coach for the remaining three games of the 2007 campaign. He guided Atlanta to a 44-41 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the season finale, which earned him his first NFL victory. Atlanta’s 44 points were the most in a game for the Falcons since 1998.



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