Georgia Firebirds

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Georgia Firebirds
Current season
Established 2009
Play in Albany, Georgia
at the Albany Civic Center
GeorgiaFirebirds.com
Georgia Firebirds helmet
Georgia Firebirds logo
Helmet Logo
League/conference affiliations

American Indoor Football (2016)

  • Southern Division (2016)

National Arena League (2017–present)

Team colors Black, Red, Yellow, White
                   
Mascot Talon
Personnel
Owner(s) Gridiron Central Group
President Darien Teals
General manager Darien Teals
Head coach Antwone Savage
Team history
  • Georgia Firebirds (2009–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (0)
Home arena(s)

The Georgia Firebirds are a professional indoor football team based in Albany, Georgia, and play 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 are 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]

History[edit]

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]

Players of note[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Georgia Firebirds roster
Quarterbacks
  •  5 Jeffrey Legree
  •  7 Percy Turner

Running backs

  • 44 Matthew Wells

Wide receivers

  •  8 Antonio Bearden
  •  1 Terrence Ebagua
  •  6 Kurtis Green
  •  4 John Harris
  • 10 Isaiah Jupiter
  • -- William Waddel
Offensive linemen
  • 67 Travis Durocher
  • 69 Sean Johnson
  • 70 D'Andre Williams

Defensive linemen

  • 90 Charles Henderson
  • 21 Montaque Mack
  • 37 ShaQuille Prather
  • 99 Derrick Wimbush
Linebackers

Defensive backs

  • 23 Dominique Burks
  • 24 Brandon Green
  •  2 Roshawn Marshall
  •  3 Sean Potts-Harris

Special teams

  • 16 Evan Selmon
Reserve lists
  • -- Jerome Cook OL (Susp.)
  • -- Cory Rue LB (Did Not Report)

Rookies in italics
Roster updated March 13, 2017
26 Active, 2 Inactive

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Coaches of note[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2016 American Indoor Football season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
David Daniels, Jr. 2016 0 1 0 .000
Antwone Savage 2016–present 4 4 0 .500

Coaching staff[edit]

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

Statistics and records[edit]

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
2016 2016 AIF Southern 4 5 0
2017 2017 NAL 0 0 0
Totals 4 5 0 All-time regular season record (2016–2017)
0 0 All-time postseason record (2016–2017)
4 5 0 All-time regular season and postseason record (2016–2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Georgia Firebirds to join the AIF in 2016". Georgia Firebirds. November 18, 2015. Archived from the original on November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Carlton Fletcher (November 18, 2015). "Georgia Firebirds, city of Albany finalize arena football pact". www.albanyherald.com. Albany Herald. Retrieved November 25, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Firebirds Announce New Coach". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 21, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Wheels derail the Firebirds game vs Savannah". WTOL 11. May 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Georgia Firebirds to join Arena Development League". The Albany Herald. September 13, 2016. 

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