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Thomas Dimitroff

Atlanta Falcons, General Manager

Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff was named NFL Executive of the Year by The Sporting News for the second time in three seasons in 2010, capping off a 13-3 season and earning the team’s first NFC South Divisional title. A second NFC South Divisional title coupled with an impressive 13-3 record during the 2012 regular season continued to showcase Dimitroff’s consistency. For long-time Falcons fans, these are monumental feats.
Although remarkable accomplishments in just his first five years on the job, for the architect behind the transformation of the new look Falcons, it is not enough. Dimitroff strives for so much more, and has found success, leading the Falcons to fifty-six wins and four playoff berths since the 2008 season. In 2012, Dimitroff guided the Falcons to their third consecutive playoff appearance and their first playoff win under his management. The Falcons continue to be a threat in the NFL today thanks to Dimitroff’s leadership and shrewd drafting.
That inherent, tireless drive is one of the main reasons why the Falcons General Manager has been so successful throughout his 20-plus years in the NFL. A product of the championship producing ways in New England, Dimitroff is all about building a winner who is able to compete at the highest level each and every season. Every move Dimitroff makes is calculated and forward-thinking with one goal in mind, assembling the best football team he can. In each season since ascending to the General Manager post in Atlanta, Dimitroff has astutely engineered key moves and deftly drafted a solid nucleus of players to augment the Falcons roster.
In 2008, Dimitroff's first move was signing talented free agent running back Michael Turner from San Diego. Turner fittingly exploded onto the scene as a full-time starter for the first time in his career, finishing with 1,699 rushing yards and a club record 17 touchdowns on his way to his first Pro Bowl in 2008, and has continued to be a cornerstone of the Falcons’ offense since.
Dimitroff's initial '08 draft was a windfall, delivering franchise quarterback Matt Ryan, the consensus NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, starting left tackle Sam Baker, starting middle linebacker and All-NFL rookie selection, Curtis Lofton, and eventual starting free safety Thomas DeCoud. His adept choices also included solid contributors in wide receiver Harry Douglas, defensive end Kroy Biermann and nickel corner Chevis Jackson.
Dimitroff's belief that the NFL draft is a major building block to establish a team's foundation for years to come has been the impetus for the Falcons' winning turnaround since 2008. As further evidence that Dimitroff and his hard working personnel staff are continuously selecting quality NFL talent with each draft, an impressive 27 rookies who have competed at Falcons training camps from 2008-09 have ended up on NFL rosters over the last two seasons.
Part of Dimitroff's master plan also includes adding other veterans when needed to shore up his units. For example in 2009, he signed savvy pros like linebacker Mike Peterson and cornerback Brian Williams. Peterson finished second on the team with 140 tackles, starting all 16 games, while Williams supplied punch to the secondary for the first five starts to the season before being lost with a knee injury.
When he feels he needs to make a move to bolster the roster or retain core players, the decisive Dimitroff doesn't stand idle very long. He extended the contract of veteran wide receiver Roddy White prior to the start of the '09 regular season. White responded phenomenally in 2009 and 2010, with an outstanding 115 catches for nearly 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010.
Dimitroff directs all aspects of football operations with the Falcons and working with Head Coach Mike Smith has final authority over all personnel decisions related to the signing of free agents, the selection of players in the draft, trades, and related decisions. He also handles coordinating other football-related activities with Coach Smith. Dimitroff earned his ascension to General Manager by working through the scouting trails as a combine/BLESTO Scout, an Area Scout, National Scout, and College Director of Scouting. He is often lauded for his communication skills, and was recognized for his ability by winning the 2012 “Jack Horrigan Award,” an honor bestowed upon a club official who assists in helping pro football writers do their job.
His father was a big influence on his life. Tom Dimitroff Sr. was a high school, college, and pro coach turned NFL scout, and a former NFL quarterback for the former Boston Patriots. Other key influences that have helped shape Dimitroff's philosophy today and aided in his rise to General Manager include Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli and New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.
The younger Dimitroff took a genuine desire for scouting players to the ultimate level early in his lif
Atlanta Falcons, General Manager

Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff was named NFL Executive of the Year by The Sporting News for the second time in three seasons in 2010, capping off a 13-3 season and earning the team’s first NFC So...
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