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This Day in Georgia History

January 26, 1966

Norb Hecker First Falcons Coach

Norb Hecker, an assistant coach on Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers, became the first coach of the Atlanta Falcons.In the first season, Atlanta’s new professional football franchise would lose its first nine games. Under Hecker, the Falcons won four games, with 26 losses and one tie. In 1968, he was replaced by Norm Van Brocklin. After the Falcons, Hecker served as defensive coordinator with the New York Giants and as an assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers. He died at age 76 on Mach 14, 2004.

To view an image of Norb Hecker, see the Digital Library of Georgia.