Columbus Lions

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Columbus Lions
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Founded 2006
League WIFL (2007)
AIFA (2008-2009)
SIFL (2010-2011)
PIFL (2012-present)
Conference American
Team history Columbus Lions (2007-present)
Arena Columbus Civic Center
Based in Columbus, Georgia
Colors

Blue, Black, Silver, White

                   
Owner(s) John Hargrove, Keith Norred, Kike Seda, Skip Seda
Head coach Jason Gibson
Championships 1 (2010)
Division titles 3 (2007, 2009, & 2011)
Dancers Lady Lions
Mascot Beamer
Website www.ColumbusLions.net

The Columbus Lions are an indoor football team of the Professional Indoor Football League. Based in Columbus, Georgia, the Lions play their home games at the Columbus Civic Center. Before joining the PIFL, the Lions were members of the World Indoor Football League (2007), the American Indoor Football Association (2008-09), and the Southern Indoor Football League (2010–11).

The Lions are the third indoor/arena team to be based in Columbus, after the Columbus Wardogs af2 team which played from 2001 until 2004 and the Chattahoochee Valley Vipers American Indoor Football League team which only played the 2006 season before folding.

History[edit]

The Lions' inaugural game on February 26, 2007 was marred by tragedy when opposing defensive back Javon Camon of the Daytona Beach Thunder was killed after a hard but clean hit by Lions fullback Cedric Ware during the fourth quarter.[1][2]

For the Lions' impressive inaugural season, Head Coach Jason Gibson won the league's inaugural Coach of the Year Award.

The Columbus Lions also have a dance team, the Lady Lions. This group is made up of seven to fifteen young women who perform jazz, hip hop, and sideline cheering during all home games.

Players of note[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Columbus Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Refused to Report - Exempt

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics
Roster updated April 16, 2014
21 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 PS

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Awards and honors[edit]

The following is a list of all Lions players who have won league awards:

Season Player Position Award
2010 Chris McCoy Quarterback Offensive MVP
2012 Maurice Dupree Wide Receiver Offensive Player of the Year
2012 London Crawford Wide Receiver Offensive Rookie of the Year
2013 Anthony Shutt Defensive Back Defensive Player of the Year

Season-by-season[edit]

Columbus playing the Louisiana Swashbucklers on April 14, 2012. Note the pink numbers in support of cancer awareness.[3]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Columbus Lions (WIFL)
2007 10 4 0 1st League Lost World Indoor Bowl I (Augusta)
Columbus Lions (AIFA)
2008 10 4 0 2nd WC Southern Lost WCS Round 1 (Mississippi)
2009 11 3 0 1st Southern Won Divisional (Fayetteville)
Lost Semifinal (Reading)
Columbus Lions (SIFL)
2010 8 3 0 2nd League Won Semifinal (Lafayette)
Won SIFL Championship (Louisiana)
2011 11 1 0 1st EC South Won EC Round 1 (Trenton)
Lost EC Championship (Albany)
Columbus Lions (PIFL)
2012 6 6 0 4th league Lost Semifinal (Albany)
2013 7 5 0 4th league Lost Semifinal (Hammers)
Totals 67 32 0 (including playoffs)

2012 season[edit]

Preseason schedule[edit]

Date Kickoff Opponent Result Game Site Recap
March 4 6:00 PM EST Team James All-Stars W 77-12 Columbus Civic Center [1]

Regular schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site Recap
Final Record
1 March 10 7:30 PM EST at Richmond Raiders L 64-58 0–1 Richmond Coliseum [2]
2 March 17 7:30 PM EDT Knoxville NightHawks W 64–59 1–1 Columbus Civic Center [3]
3 March 24 7:30 PM EDT at Alabama Hammers W 56–43 2–1 Von Braun Center [4]
4 March 31 7:30 PM EDT Alabama Hammers L 63–60 2–2 Columbus Civic Center [5]
5 April 14 7:30 PM EDT Louisiana Swashbucklers W 75–61 3–2 Columbus Civic Center [6]
6 April 21 7:30 PM EDT at Albany Panthers L 57–40 3–3 Albany Civic Center [7]
7 May 6 4:00 PM EDT Albany Panthers W 58–56 4–3 Columbus Civic Center [8]
8 May 12 7:30 PM EDT at Knoxville NightHawks W 58–55 5–3 Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum [9]
9 May 19 7:30 PM EDT at Richmond Raiders L 74–64 5–4 Richmond Coliseum [10]
10 June 2 7:30 PM EDT at Louisiana Swashbucklers L 61–57 5–5 Sudduth Coliseum [11]
11 June 9 7:30 PM EDT Albany Panthers L 57–54 5–6 Columbus Civic Center [12]
12 June 16 7:30 PM EDT Knoxville NightHawks W 76–63 6–6 Columbus Civic Center [13]

Playoff schedule[edit]

Round Date Kickoff Opponent Result Game Site Recap
Round 1 June 23 7:30 PM EDT at Albany Panthers L 60–36 Albany Civic Center [14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Indoor football player dies after head-to-head hit, espn.com; retrieved February 27, 2007
  2. ^ Daytona player dies, ledger-enquirer.com; retrieved February 27, 2007
  3. ^ http://www.columbuslions.net/latest-news-othermenu-14/335-kicker-crum-returns-to-lions.html

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