Atlanta Falcons: Art Malone passed away, 1948-2012

Art Malone played for the Atlanta Falcons from 1970-74. He finished his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1975-76.

Art Malone played for the Atlanta Falcons from 1970-74. He finished his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1975-76. (Photo of Tony Tomsic/Getty Images)

Former Falcons running back Art Malone, who played seven seasons in the NFL, died Friday at the age of 64, according to the Tucson Citizen.

Here’s another obit on Malone’s passing.

Malone was drafted by the Falcons in the second-round (39th overall pick) of the 1970 NFL draft. He played five seasons with the Falcons and two with the Philadelphia Eagles.

He finished his career with 2,457 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. He also caught 161 passes for 1,465 yards and six touchdowns.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Resthaven Park Mortuary and Cemetery, 4310 East Southern Ave., Phoenix.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Preston

August 1st, 2012
11:29 pm

My prayers go out to the Malone Family…

William

August 1st, 2012
11:42 pm

I remember as a teenager watching Art and the Falcons play. It is a sad time for Falcon fans. Rest in peace.

Braveone

August 1st, 2012
11:42 pm

Art was a good man .When we were kids he lived in some apts off Sylvan rd with Big Claude . They always had time for an auyograph for us kids ……. Thanks Art

Braveone

August 1st, 2012
11:46 pm

Oops Autograph

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Froggy

August 1st, 2012
11:52 pm

DLED: Thanks for giving the man his due. It’s sad that the Falcons, and most NFL teams, don’t do more to celebrate those who paved the way. For example, Arthur should be banging the drum every day to get Claude Humphrey into the Hall.

Notice who is in pursuit in this photo? Hall-of-Famer, and MN Supreme Court Justice, the great Alan Page.

FalconForLife

August 1st, 2012
11:54 pm

R.I.P.

Thank you!

Steve

August 1st, 2012
11:54 pm

Rest in peace brother.

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ramguy68

August 2nd, 2012
12:32 am

My most vivid memory is Malone getting into it in the huddle with QB Dick Shiner….but he ended up slugging Jim Mitchell.

JSS

August 2nd, 2012
1:05 am

Nobis and Malone were the two most active members of the Falcons in their respective communities during the period… Nobis put on very charity auction on what was WTCG (now Superstation TBS) and Malone was a stalwart in championing a segment of forgotten Falcons loyalist fans…

Rest well Art Malone!

yo mama

August 2nd, 2012
1:09 am

all the old school falcons are dropping this year. :) I saw my first falcons game in 1974. went to training camp at furman for years.

:(

P B Orr

August 2nd, 2012
1:37 am

His best year was 1972 when he averaged 4.4 yds on 180 carries. He also had 585 yds receiving out of the backfield. Unfortunately he also led the league in fumbles with 10 :/ He wasn’t that good but neither was anyone on that offense. He was a great person though, and a fan favorite. He helped get us to .500 for the first time – those were the days when just being .500 was a huge improvement! If today’s whiny Falcons fans only knew what we suffered…

59bulldawg

August 2nd, 2012
4:34 am

Wow! Talk about a blast from the past! I remember watching Malone play when I was a kid. I’m saddened to hear of his passing.

TampaGator

August 2nd, 2012
6:00 am

I wonder what he did out in AZ all these years. I also wonder how many of these older players are dying so young…..and why.

sons who?

August 2nd, 2012
6:32 am

” I also wonder how many of these older players are dying so young….”

(giggles)

Ken Strickland

August 2nd, 2012
7:28 am

The mark of true fans is when they recognize, honor, and pay tribute to those former Falcons. Those of you who are paying tribute to the life and career of Art Malone are true fans. RIP FALCON WARRIOR.

Shug

August 2nd, 2012
7:54 am

RIP, Art Malone – a true Falcon from the early years. I think even Van Brocklin liked him. Didn’t he have a brother in the NFL, also. Benny?

True Falcon Fan

August 2nd, 2012
8:00 am

Art Malone, one of the BEST, I am very sad to hear this news, RIP Art, you were fun to watch. Benny Malone brother of Art played RB for the Miami Dolphins

Go Falcons!!!

Freebird

August 2nd, 2012
8:13 am

I will never forget that run he had against the Bengals, he just plowed over defenders, I believe it was Sudden Death, anyone else remember?

True Falcon Fan

August 2nd, 2012
8:41 am

Yes, very cloudy rainy cold winter day (normal for Cincy that time of year). The end of the game score I believe that day was 9-6 or 10-7 – Falcons win. Another great was “The Best Game Plan” in SF 49ers – but we lost. Malone ran all over the Niners DTs.

Go Falcons!!!

Mikey

August 2nd, 2012
8:41 am

RIP Mr. Malone. You did a great service to our city and probably generated millions of fans. A tough guy that did everything he could for us. Sad to hear of his passing at so young an age and my heart goes out to his family who will miss him so much.

Russ

August 2nd, 2012
8:47 am

I love Art Malone, I have great memories of the early 70s Atlanta falcons. All respects to the Malone family.

I do recall the huddle slugfest

August 2nd, 2012
9:14 am

I recall the Falcons huddle where Malone was in some sort of dispute with a couple of guys and our tight end and he got into it ……..In our huddle. Oh, those were the days that I really dug the Falcons. Not any more.

Gave up when we had that Coach after Leeman Bennett was fired. Only watched about 1/2 of the ONE Super Bowl game vs Denver.

RIP Art.

Rankin Smith Jr.

August 2nd, 2012
9:46 am

R.I.P. Art. I predict another family who lived “the good life” on the salary of a pro football player getting in line for a money grab because no one told them that getting your head hit repeatedly was not a good thing.

BullDawg Rick

August 2nd, 2012
10:40 am

Whatta throwback player Mr. Malone was!! Loved his rugged style of play!!
May he Rest In Peace!

Esquire

August 2nd, 2012
10:44 am

Rest in Peace Art, enjoyed watching you play!

Rob Petersen

August 2nd, 2012
11:14 am

My thoughts and prayers are with the Malone family. I consider myself fortunate to have known Art, Benny and Jimmy Malone, first as Eloy Dust Devils and then as ASU Sun Devils. They were leaders, gentlemen and always presented themselves in a friendly and cheerful way. They were great athletes and anyone who watched them play or played against them will forever remember them for their punishing and distinctive running style. Although Art was a few years older than I and had gone on to the NFL, I had good fortune or rather misfortune to meet Art Malone near the end of his professional football career. You see, I met Art Malone on the football field in Philadelphia during the Eagles training camp in 1977. Art Malone without any doubt hit me harder than any other running back I ever encountered. God Speed Art and God bless the Malone family.

Rob Petersen
Ajo, AZ

bo joe ellis

August 2nd, 2012
12:10 pm

RIP…One great player!

Nowwehaveasecondary!

August 2nd, 2012
12:12 pm

I was at the game as a young teenager when the huddle fight took place. I do not remember what started it, but Jim Mitchell ended it. As I recall , all it took for Art Malone to cool it, was for Jim Mitchell to walk from his tight end position in the huddle to the center of the back of the huddle where Art stood. Nobody messed with Jim Mitchell. I talked to Tommy Nobis about Jim Mitchell one time on the phone. He said coach van Brocklin had an award called Jocks in Socks. You received this award by routinely knocking a jock out of his socks. Tommy said as the middle linebacker he felt he should win this award, but usually lost out to Jim Mitchell. This award was given out for hits in practice and in games. Tommy Nobis said no defender was safe with Jim Mitchell on the practice field. He said you had to keep your head on a swivel at all times during practice or Jim Mitchell would knock you for a loop.

It is sad to think both Jim Mitchell and Art Malone have passed away already.

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swatguy

August 2nd, 2012
12:54 pm

Can never forget “Cain and Malone”. R.I.P. AM

KevinM

August 2nd, 2012
12:57 pm

My first Falcon memories are of Malone and the guys who played in that era. My introduction to the NFL.

Time does have a way of passing quickly.

falcon fan since 66

August 2nd, 2012
1:03 pm

Malone and Dave Hampton were a pretty good backfield in the early 70’s. It really perturbed me when after Hampton finally gets 1000 yards in 1975, we go and draft 2 running backs, Bubba Bean and Sonny Collins to replace him the next year.
I have good memories of Malone, nonetheless. May God give his soul rest and comfort his family and loved ones.

The Austrian Brotherhood

August 2nd, 2012
1:46 pm

We watched that game where they got into the huddle fight as a young 49er fan living in the Bay area. Favorite player at the time was Gene Washington. The one from Stanford, not UGA :-) Thanks for the flashback.

Mike Franklin

August 2nd, 2012
4:17 pm

Thanks, DOL, for remembering this guy…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 2nd, 2012
5:28 pm

Mike Franklin — You’re welcome.

Dan Lynn

August 2nd, 2012
7:17 pm

R.I.P. Art Malone. I loved to watch you and Dave Hampton in that backfield. You guys ran hard and were fun to watch. Thanks DOL for remembering him. There is one radio host here who told me history doesn’t matter. Yes it does. All of these older players matter. They matter to me.

wisconsinfalcons fan

August 2nd, 2012
7:41 pm

Wow RIP Art Malone, God said come home

N-GA

August 2nd, 2012
7:51 pm

Dammit! Way too young!

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 3rd, 2012
12:01 am

wisconsinfalcons fan — Nicely done.

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Gritsfalcon

August 4th, 2012
12:37 am

Art Malone has one of the greatest falcon moments I can remember. It was the year Dick Shiner took over for Bob Berry and the Falcons were playing in Cinncinati. With less than a minute to play and the ball around mid-field Shiner hit Malone down the middle and Malone ran it all the way into the end zone, with the tackler on him starting about the 25 yard line. That was a classic “pull-it-out-at-the-last minute” win. I’ll never forget it. It was even before “big ben right” versus the Saints years later. Art Malone worked in the same back field with Dave Hampton (#43).

Thanks for memories, Art Malone!!! You’ll always be remembered. My condolences to his family.

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