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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Atlanta's Dimitroff is Executive of the Year

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

This one's not a big surprise. Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff was named Sporting News magazine Executive of the Year today.

Dimitroff was a driving force in turning the Falcons into a big success story in his first season with the team. He made all the right moves in the draft, choosing quarterback Matt Ryan, tackle Sam Baker, linebacker Curtis Lofton and some other contributors. In free agency, Dimitroff's big move was signing free-agent running back Michael Turner.

But Dimitroff also made some other small but crucial moves, like trading for Denver cornerback Domonique Foxworth.

Atlanta's Mike Smith was named the magazine's Coach of the Year and Ryan was the Rookie of the Year. The Atlanta sweep marked the first time one franchise has captured all three awards in the same season.