Dimitroff Named Top Exec
Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff was named the NFL's executive of the year by the Sporting News.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank hired Dimitroff from the New England Patriots' front office after the 2007 season in which the team went 4-12 and suffered through the Michael Vick controversy and the abrupt departure of rookie coach Bobby Petrino.
Blank and Dimitroff hired Mike Smith as their coach. The Falcons signed tailback Michael Turner as a free agent and used the third overall selection in the NFL draft on quarterback Matt Ryan, and they went 11-5 and reached the playoffs before suffering an opening-round defeat to the Arizona Cardinals.
"I am thrilled for and proud of Thomas, his staff and our entire organization," Blank said in a written statement released by the Falcons. "This award is recognition of Thomas' many contributions not only to building a winning team in 2008, but his unwavering focus and vision for this team's future. He is truly deserving of this award."
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