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The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team from the city of Atlanta, Georgia. They are part of the NFC South of the National Football League (NFL). They play at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium since 2017 based in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Falcons joined the NFL in 1962 as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise not to join the rival league; The American Football League (AFL). In turn, the AFL granted a franchise to Miami (Miami Dolphins).

History

Professional football arrived in Atlanta in 1962, when the American Football League (AFL) organized two preseason games; Denver Broncos Vs. Houston Oilers and Dallas Texans against the Oakland Raiders. Two years later, the AFL held another show, this time with the New York Jets against the San Diego Chargers.

In 1965 the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium was built, at which time the city of Atlanta felt it was time to own a professional football team. An independent group that had been actively involved in the NFL Atlanta exhibition promotions, applied for franchises in both the AFL and the NFL, acting entirely on their own without the guarantee of stadium rights. However, another group reported that they had deposited money.

Some local businessmen reached an agreement and were awarded an AFL franchise, on June 7, 1965. However, NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, who had been in touch with Atlanta businessmen, was driven by the Interest of the AFL and went to Atlanta to block the claim of the rival league of the city of Atlanta.2 Because both the NFL and the AFL wanted to own the Atlanta team in their league, the city was forced to do A choice between the two leagues. On June 30, the city chose Rankin Smith and the NFL.

The Atlanta Falcons Football Club received its nickname on August 29, 1965. Julia Elliott, a Griffin schoolteacher, as well as many others suggested "hawks" as the nickname for the new Georgia franchise in the NFL. She wrote: "The hawk is proud and dignified, with great courage and fights, he never lets down his prey, he is mortal and has a great sports tradition."

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