Columbus Lions

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Columbus Lions
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Founded 2006
Current season 2015
League WIFL (2007)
AIFA (2008–2009)
SIFL (2010–2011)
PIFL (2012–2015)
AIF (2016–present)
Division Southern
Team history Columbus Lions (2007–present)
Based in Columbus, Georgia
Arena Columbus Civic Center
Colors Blue, Black, Silver, White
                   
Owner(s) John Hargrove
Keith Norred
Kike Seda
Skip Seda
Rick Jacobson
Head coach Jason Gibson
Championships (2)
SIFL: 2010
PIFL: 2015
Conference titles (0)
Division titles (2)
AIFA South: 2009
SIFL South: 2011
Playoff berths (8)
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
Dancers Lady Lions
Mascot Beamer
Website www.ColumbusLions.net

The Columbus Lions are a professional indoor football team based in Columbus, Georgia. They are a member of American Indoor Football (AIF). The Lions joined the Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) in 2012 when the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL) teams split up into two new leagues. The Lions were founded in 2006 as an expansion team of the World Indoor Football League (WIFL). After the WIFL went under in 2007, the Lions joined the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) where they played for two seasons. When the AIFA broke apart, the Lions joined the Southern Indoor Football League (SIFL). After the 2015 season, the PIFL broke apart, and the Lions joined the AIF.

In their nine years of existence, the Lions have compiled a record of 75-37 with division championships in 2009 and 2011. They have made two championship appearance during the 2010 season where they defeated the Louisiana Swashbucklers in President's Cup II[1] and in 2015 when they defeated the Richmond Raiders in PIFL Cup IV.

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.[2][3]

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.

Following the Lions' 2015 PIFL Cup IV Championship, the Lions moved to American Indoor Football.[4]

Players of note[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Columbus Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • Currently vacant

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

Injured Reserve
  • Currently vacant

Failure to Report

  • Currently vacant

AFL - Exempt

  • Currently vacant

CFL - Exempt

  • Currently vacant

Suspended

  • Currently vacant

Practice Squad

  • Currently vacant

Left Squad

  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated November 3, 2015
23 Active, 0 Inactive

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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 Player of the Year
2010 Damian Daniels Defensive back Defensive Player of the Year
2010 Trey Crum Kicker Special Teams of the Year
2010 Franklin Lloyd Defensive lineman Lineman of the Year
2011 Damian Daniels Defensive back Defensive Player of the Year
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
2015 Casey Kacz Quarterback Offensive Rookie of the Year[5]
2015 Terrence Ebagua Wide Receiver Most Valuable Player[6]

Statistics and records[edit]

Columbus playing the Louisiana Swashbucklers on April 14, 2012. Note the pink numbers in support of cancer awareness.[7]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Wild Card Berth League Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason Results
Finish Wins Losses Ties
2007 2007 WIFL 1st 10 4 0 Lost World Indoor Bowl I 60-63 (Augusta)
2008 2008 AIFA Western South 2nd 10 4 0 Lost Divisional Round 50-52 (Mississippi)
2009 2009 AIFA South 1st 11 3 0 Won Divisional Round 45-35 (Fayetteville)
Lost Semifinal 51-60 (Reading)
2010 2010 SIFL 2nd 8 3 0 Won Semifinal (Lafayette)
Won President's Cup II (Louisiana)
2011 2011 SIFL Eastern South 1st 11 1 0 Won Divisional 62-60 (Trenton)
Lost Eastern Conference Championship 61-75 (Albany)
2012 2012 PIFL 3rd 6 6 0 Lost Semi-final 36-60 (Albany)
2013 2013 PIFL 6th 4 8 0
2014 2014 PIFL American 2nd 7 5 0 Lost American Conference Championship 39-44 (Nashville)
2015 2015 PIFL 1st 8 3 0 Won Semifinal 69-41 (Lehigh Valley)
Won PIFL Cup IV 64-38 (Richmond)
Totals 75 37 0 All-time regular season record (2007–2015)
6 6 All-time postseason record (2007–2015)
81 43 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2007–2015)

* Season currently in progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris White (July 19, 2010). "SIFL CHAMPIONSHIP: Fans soak up Lions’ big win". www.ledger-enquirer.com. Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Indoor football player dies after head-to-head hit". www.espn.go.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. February 27, 2007. Retrieved February 27, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Daytona player dies". www.ledger-enquirer.com. Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved February 27, 2007. 
  4. ^ Keith Groller (September 14, 2015). "Steelhawks moving to a new indoor football league for 2016". www.mcall.com. The Morning Call. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Lions' QB Kacz named PIFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year". www.ledger-enquirer.com. Ledger-Enquirer. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Columbus Lions' WR Terrence Ebagua named PIFL MVP". www.ledger-enquirer.com. Ledger-Enquirer. July 19, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ Matthew Hester (April 10, 2012). "Kicker Trey Crum Returns to Lions". www.proifl.com. Professional Indoor Football League. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 

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