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Georgia Firebirds
Established 2009
Folded 2017
Played in Albany, Georgia
at the Albany Civic Center
GeorgiaFirebirds.com
League/conference affiliations
American Indoor Football (2016)
  • Southern Division (2016)
National Arena League (2017)
Team colorsBlack, red, yellow, white
                   
MascotTalon
Personnel
Owner(s)Gridiron Central Group
ChairmanTerence Fowler
PresidentDarien Teals
General managerDarien Teals
Team history
*Albany Firebirds (2009–2015)
  • Georgia Firebirds (2016–2017)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)
*Albany Civic Center (2016–2017)

The Georgia Firebirds were a professional indoor football team based in Albany, Georgia, and played their home games at the Albany Civic Center. Previously, the Firebirds played as an outdoor football team in various semi-pro leagues before going indoor. The Firebirds joined American Indoor Football (AIF) for the 2016 season but the league folded after one season. The Firebirds then joined the new National Arena League (NAL) for the 2017 season.

The Firebirds were the third indoor/arena football team to call Albany home, following the South Georgia Wildcats of af2 (which played in Albany from 2005 until the league folded in 2009) and the Albany Panthers of the Southern Indoor Football League and later the Professional Indoor Football League (which played from 2010 until 2013, winning the 2011 SIFL and 2012 PIFL championships).[1]

HistoryEdit

On November 18, 2015, the Firebirds finalized the contract with the city of Albany, Georgia, and the Albany Civic Center, to play indoor football for the 2016 season after several years playing as a semi-professional outdoor team.[2]

On March 20, 2016, the Firebirds lost their first league game as part of American Indoor Football to the Columbus Lions by a score of 86–0. The following day, head coach Davis Daniels, Jr. was fired and replaced by Antwone Savage.[3] They finished the season one spot out of a playoff position after being forced to forfeit their final game of the season due to their team bus breaking down.[4]

In July 2016, the AIF ceased operations leaving the Firebirds without a league. On September 13, the team announced it had joined the newly formed Arena Developmental League (which became the National Arena League) for the 2017 season.[5] In May 2017, the league apparently took over operations of the Firebirds for the remainder of the season. As a result, the league cancelled the Firebirds' away game at the Corpus Christi Rage (another team the league was operating) as a cost cutting measure.[6]

The National Arena League announced in September 2017 that the Firebirds were undergoing an ownership transition but could not commit to the 2018 season while the new ownership were negotiating a new arena lease. By November, the new owners failed to obtain the new lease and were removed from the league as members.

Final rosterEdit

Georgia Firebirds final roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide receivers

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Rookies in italics
Roster updated June 17, 2017
25 Active, 10 Inactive

More rosters

Coaching staffEdit

Georgia Firebirds staff
Front Office
  • Ownership Group - Gridiron Central Group
  • Managing Partner/General Manager - Terence Fowler Sr.
  • Partner - Wallace Prather
  • Partner - Darrien Teals
 

Head Coach

  • Head Coach - Antwone Savage

Assistant Coaches

  • Defensive Coordinator – Pablo Cortes

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Statistics and recordsEdit

Season-by-season resultsEdit

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2016 2016 AIF Southern 4 5 0
2017 2017 NAL 6th 2 9 0
Totals 6 14 0 All-time record (2016–2017)

Head coaches' recordsEdit

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2017 National Arena League season.

Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
David Daniels, Jr. 2016 0 1 0 .000
Antwone Savage 20162017 6 13 0 .316

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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