Georgia gained a professional football team in 1965. The Falcons played at the Atlanta Fulton County Stadium until the completion of the Georgia Dome in 1992.
The New Georgia Encyclopedia writes that, “Fans submitted suggestions for the new team’s nickname in a contest, and while many fans recommended the falcon, Julia Elliott, a teacher from Griffin, was selected as the winner for her reasoning. She wrote, “The falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight. It never drops prey. It is deadly and has a great sporting tradition.”