Falcons owner takes out ad in paper to apologize to fans

Updated: October 21, 2003, 6:47 PM ET

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank took out a full-page ad in the sports section of Tuesday's editions of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and appealed to fans for their patience after the team's awful start.

The Falcons (1-6), playing without star quarterback Michael Vick all season, have not won since an opening-day victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

In the last two games, they've been outscored 81-17, including a 36-0 blowout to the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football. That loss prompted Blank to write a letter of apology to the president of ABC Sports.

Vick broke his right leg in the preseason and the Falcons do not know when he will return.

"We have nine more games in this season, and our commitment to you is to work as hard as we possibly can to win every one of them," the letter read. "I want you to know that I am just as committed to taking this franchise to the heights of NFL success as I have been from the very start. Not just this season, but every season.

"If anything, I am more committed and determined than ever."

Atlanta is off this weekend and hosts the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 2.

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