The Atlanta Falcons entered the league in 1966. Atlanta was the NFL's 15th franchise. Atlanta held a contest to name the new team. After many entries were looked over, the Falcon was the most popular.
In 1971 the franchise decided to switch to a red jersey. For about two decades they wore red jerseys with a matching red helmet. In 1990 the organization reversed the color pattern and went with a black helmet and black jerseys. In 1999 the appeared in Super Bowl wearing the black helmet on black jersey combination. In just a couple of years the Atlanta Falcon's uniform would be completely different.
In 2003 the Falcons made their first ever logo change. The new Falcon logo looks similar, but the Falcon has a swifter, “in flight” look. The jerseys also made significant changes.
Retired Atlanta Falcons jerseys: #10 Steve Bartkowski, #31 William Andrews, #57 Jeff Van Note, and #60 Tommy Nobis