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Rankin M. Smith Sr.

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I actually covered part of that ..., 1 June 2012 [cached]
I actually covered part of that story for the AJC, the part where Falcons owner Rankin Smith Sr. said he may move the team to Jacksonville if a new football stadium wasn't built. Though I always thought Smith was bluffing, it worked and, looking back, it was a great move for the city as the SEC Championship game alone is a huge economic and branding hit for this city and would never have happened if we didn't have the Dome. At the same time, Blank wants a place he can control, bringing in the revenue he needs to justify the $500-million plus he paid for the team.
How Hall came to be the home of the Falcons -, 28 Mar 2006 [cached]
Part of that passion included putting the Falcons' logo on the water tower in Flowery Branch, renaming roads such as Falcon Parkway, where the facility is located, and the exit road for the facility off of I-985 after Rankin Smith Sr., the original owner of the Falcons.
OnlineAthens: Sports: Reeves timeline 12/11/03, 11 Dec 2003 [cached]
Oct. 26, 1997 - Falcons owner and founder Rankin Smith Sr. dies.
Team founder Rankin M. ..., 28 July 2011 [cached]
Team founder Rankin M. Smith made a deal with then-commissioner Pete Rozelle in about five minutes and the Atlanta Falcons brought the largest and most popular sport to the city of Atlanta.
Prime mover in this task was Rankin Smith, a young insurance executive who had controlling ownership of the Falcons.
Virtually unknown to the general public before that June day, Smith immediately endeared himself to aficionados of the sport by asking a choice rhetorical question at a press conference following his acquisition of the franchise: "Doesn't every adult male in America want to own his own football team? Not every adult male American has the wherewithal to swing such a deal, but it was comforting to hear that a man is capable of dreams like those of any other guy.
The day's proceedings threw the city into a happy delirium unequaled in the history of football. By the time Smith got back to his insurance office 24 hours later, there had been over 1,000 phone calls for tickets. He had to push his way through stacks of mail.
By the middle of December, Smith had signed the most coveted college football player in the nation, Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis.
And in January, Smith surprised the entire athletic fraternity by naming a head coach who never had been mentioned in the perpetual stream of journalistic speculation about the job. But Green Bay Packer assistant Norb Hecker assumed his new post with vigor and immediately embraced the gigantic job of sifting - along with Director of Player Personnel Gene Cronin - a huge list of NFL players made available to the Atlanta expansion team by other teams in the league.
Finally, three men were chosen from each club and these 42 formed the nucleus of the roster Hecker had to work with when he took the team to summer training camp in Black Mountain, North Carolina in early July.
Of course, on that memorable June 30, Rankin Smith and the NFL were the choice.
Atlanta Falcons NFL tickets - Atlanta Falcons tickets - football tickets, 15 Jan 2011 [cached]
Rankin M. Smith Sr., a senior executive at the Life Insurance Company of Georgia, was the first owner of the team.
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