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This Day in Georgia History

March 15, 1926

Norm Van Brocklin Born

To hear an interview with Norm Van Brocklin, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Former Atlanta Falcon head football coach Norm Van Brocklin was born in Eagle Butte, Montana. As a quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, Van Brocklin passed for a game record of 554 yards in 1951. The NFL Hall of Famer was the League’s MVP in 1960. He went on to become the first coach of Minnesota Vikings. In 1971, Van Brocklin was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That same year he became coach of the Atlanta Falcons, helping them to their first winning season. He coached Atlanta through the 1976 season, replaced the next year by Leeman Bennett. Van Brocklin died on May 2, 1983.