Thursday, December 13, 2007

Atlanta Falcons Hires its 1st Black Head Coach

Emmitt Thomas when he played for the Kansas City Chiefs

NFL team, Atlanta Falcons, promoted its assistant coach Emmitt Thomas to interim Head Coach, making him the first black coach in the team's history. The change came after former Falcons coach Bobby Petrino resigned to become the coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Since 2002, 64 year-old Thomas, has worked as an assistant for the Falcons. He has no previous experience as head coach, but has 28 years in coaching. Thomas is a former college and professional football player who played for the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs from 1966 to 1969, and then for the Chiefs in the NFL from 1970 to 1978. He owns the Chiefs all-time interception record with 58, which places him ninth on pro football's all-time list.

Congratulations and good luck Emmitt Thomas.

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