The Sporting News announced that they have named Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff as their NFL Executive of the Year. The award is voted on by 47 NFL front office personnel including other GMs, owners, and coaches. Dimitroff led the voting with 13 votes, and Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli came in second with 8 votes.
Dimitroff was hired by the Falcons before the 2008 season after serving as the director of college scouting for the New England Patriots for five seasons. Dimitroff’s personnel moves have been instrumental for the quick turn-around of the Falcons and their having three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. He has brought in veterans such as Michael Turner, Tony Gonzalez, and Dunta Robinson the past three off-seasons, as well as spearheading the Falcons draft selections of Matt Ryan, Curtis Lofton, Kroy Biermann, and William Moore.
Dimitroff is currently amidst negotiations for a well-deserved contract extension with the Falcons.