Indiana Firebirds


Indiana Firebirds

AFL defunct
name = Indiana Firebirds

founded = 1990
folded = 2004
prior names = Albany Firebirds
championships = 1:
1999
The Indiana Firebirds were a team in the Arena Football League.The team was based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Home games were played at the Conseco Fieldhouse, also the home of the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association.

History

Albany Firebirds (1990-2000)

Originally called the Albany Firebirds, the team was based in Albany, New York from 1990 to 2000. At that time, home games were played at the Knickerbocker Arena (now known as the Times Union Center). After the move, the Firebirds competed in the Central Division of the AFL's American Conference.

The Firebirds were very successful during their tenure in Albany. They won six division titles, made nine playoff appearances, and won the 1999 ArenaBowl championship.

Indiana Firebirds (2001-2004)

The 2004 Firebirds just missed the playoffs after a disappointing 0-5 start. However, they finished the season winning eight of the their last eleven games and were considered by some a potential contender for the 2005 Arena Bowl championship led by 2004 Rookie of the Year, quarterback Adrian McPherson.

However, in early September 2004, Indiana Firebirds owner Dave Lageschulte announced that his company, Lags Football LLC, would cease all business operations for the Firebirds. Lageschulte had been actively, but unsuccessfully, pursuing local investors to purchase the Firebirds since he had assumed ownership in 2002.

On September 20, 2004, the date of the announced sales deadline, the Arena Football League announced the termination of the Firebirds franchise and that the players would be made available to continuing AFL teams in a dispersal draft. However, within the week the team was purchased by Scott and Todd Hines, who run H3 Sportsgear, a sportsgear company based in Indianapolis. With AFL approval, it was hoped that the Firebirds could remain operational in Indianapolis. However, this bid foundered due to concerns that the low sale price would devalue the worth of the other 18 franchises. The former Firebirds players were made available in the dispersal draft conducted on October 14, 2004, marking the end of one of the AFL's longest-running franchises.

Albany Firebirds (2009-Present)

On Friday, October 3, 2008, Albany Conquest owner Water Robb announced the return of the Albany Firebirds. After the move of the Firebirds AFL franchise to Indiana, an AF2 team called the Albany Conquest took to the field to replaced the Albany Firebirds. After 8 seasons and troubles with fielding a winning team, Robb contemplated shutting down the Albany Conquest AF2 franchise. At the last moment, Robb resurrected the Albany Firbirds in the AF2 to replace the faltering Albany Conquest. [http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=726322]

eason-by-season

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colspan="6" align="center" | Albany Firebirds
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1990 || 3 || 5 || 0 || 5th || --
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1991 || 6 || 4 || 0 || 4th || Lost Week 1 (Detroit Drive)
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1992 || 5 || 5 || 0 || 3rd Northern || Lost Week 1 (Dallas Texans)
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1993 || 5 || 7 || 0 || 5th NC || Lost Week 1 (Tampa Bay)
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1994 || 10 || 2 || 0 || 1st NC || Lost Week 2 (Arizona)
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1995 || 7 || 5 || 0 || 1st NC Eastern || Lost Week 2 (Tampa Bay)
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1996 || 10 || 4 || 0 || 1st NC Eastern || Lost Week 2 (Iowa Barnstormers)
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1997 || 6 || 8 || 0 || 3rd NC Eastern || --
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1998 || 10 || 4 || 0 || 1st NC Eastern || Lost Week 1 (N.J. Red Dogs)
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1999 || 11 || 3 || 0 || 1st NC Eastern || Won ArenaBowl XIII (Orlando)
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2000 || 9 || 5 || 0 || 1st NC Eastern || Lost Week 2 (Arizona)
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colspan="6" align="center" | Indiana Firebirds
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2001 || 9 || 5 || 0 || 2nd AC Central || Lost Week 3 (Grand Rapids)
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2002 || 7 || 7 || 0 || 3rd AC Central || Lost Week 1 (Dallas)
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2003 || 6 || 10 || 0 || 4th AC Central || --
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2004 || 8 || 8 || 0 || 3rd AC Central || --
-!Totals || 121 || 91 || 0
colspan="2"| (including playoffs)

Notable players

*Eddie Brown, Offensive specialist
*Greg Hopkins, Wide Receiver/Linebacker 1996-2001
*Mike Horacek, Offensive specialist 2004
*Kyle Mackey, Quarterback 1990
*Adrian McPherson, Quarterback 2004
*David Patten, Wide Receiver
*Mike Pawlawski, Quarterback 1996-2000
*Raymond Philyaw, Quarterback 2000-2003
*Reggie Smith, Wide Receiver/Defensive back 1990
*Leroy Thompson, Fullback/Linebacker 1996-2004
*Charles Bergh, Fullback/Linebacker 1992-1994

AFL Hall of Famers

*Durwood Roquemore

*Reggie Smith

External links

* [http://www.arenafootball.com AFL official website]
* [http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=10&year=2000 Albany Firebirds at ArenaFan.com]
* [http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=history&team=71&year=2004 Indiana Firebirds at ArenaFan.com]
* [http://fbonline.tripod.com/ Albany Firebirds historical site]


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