He was formally inducted into the Hall on August 2.
Thomas was selected as a finalist for enshrinement by the Seniors Committee.
The team worked for three days before the NFL Draft and came back to Flowery Branch for another workout May 10–12.
During the minicamp, the Falcons signed tender offers to punter Michael Koenen and defensive end Chauncey Davis.
The four-year agreement designates Russell Athletic as an official sponsor of the Falcons.
Falcons' assistant head coach Emmitt Thomas was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on February 2 during Super Bowl festivities in Phoenix.
Overcoming a disappointing 4–12 record, quarterback Michael Vick's dog fighting scandal and head coach Bobby Petrino's abrupt resignation in 2007, the Falcons, who were expected to be in a rebuilding phase, completed the regular season with a surprising 11–5 record and earned the #5 seed in the NFC playoffs under first-year head coach Mike Smith; however, the team fell to the eventual NFC champion Arizona Cardinals in the wild-card round of the playoffs.
In the third quarter, the Falcons went back to work as kicker Jason Elam got a 50-yard field goal, while RB Jerious Norwood got a 10-yard TD run.
Detroit tried to rally as Kitna completed a 1-yard TD pass to TE Casey Fitz Simmons.
Atlanta closed out their rout in the fourth quarter with Elam nailing a 25-yard field goal.
With the impressive win, the Falcons began their season at 1–0.