An ex-NFL linebacker sadly passed away on Wednesday, December 13th at 74 years old. Tommy Nobis, who played for the Atlanta Falcons for a long and successful eleven years, reportedly died following a long illness.
He died next to his beloved wife in his own home.
Although specific details regarding the illness were not given, Detroit News reported that he had been struggling with “physical and cognitive ailments” for many years, just like “hundreds of other players,” implying that it could be related to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Reports did not specify if his brain would be sent for CTE testing, which is a disease that can only be officially diagnosed through an autopsy.
His home team released a personal statement shortly after his death. The Falcons referred to Nobis as “Mr. Falcon” and their “first great player.” After all, he was their first-ever draft pick.
Many fans also took to social media to share their love for Nobis and his football skills.
During his professional sports career, he achieved many accomplishments including being named “NFL Rookie of the Year” and being voted into the Pro Bowl. However, many would argue that he was never fully recognized for his talents, stated Detroit.
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