Columbus Lions

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Columbus Lions
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Established 2006
Play in Columbus, Georgia
at the Columbus Civic Center
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Columbus Lions logo
League/conference affiliations
Team colorsBlue, black, silver, white
    
MascotLeo the Lion
Personnel
Owner(s)Joshua Blair
Jason Gibson
Mike Hall
John Hargrove
Rick Jacobson
Jay Patel [1]
Kacee Smith [2]
Head coachJason Gibson
Team history
  • Columbus Lions (2007–present)
Championships
League championships (3)
SIFL: 2010
PIFL: 2015
AIF: 2016
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (3)
AIFA: 2009
SIFL: 2011
AIFA: 2016
Playoff appearances (12)
WIFL: 2007
AIFA: 2008, 2009
SIFL: 2010, 2011
PIFL: 2012, 2014, 2015
AIFA: 2016
NAL: 2017, 2018, 2019
Home arena(s)

The Columbus Lions are a professional indoor football team based in Columbus, Georgia and a founding member of the National Arena League (NAL) for the 2017 season. 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). 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. After the 2015 season, the PIFL broke apart, and the Lions joined American Indoor Football for 2016.

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In their first 12 seasons, the Lions have compiled a regular season record of 100–47 with division championships in 2009, 2011 and 2016. They have made five championship appearances: in the 2010 season where they defeated the Louisiana Swashbucklers in President's Cup II, [3] in 2015 when they defeated the Richmond Raiders in PIFL Cup IV, in 2016 where they defeated the West Michigan Ironmen in the AIF Championship game, in 2017 when the Lions lost to the Jacksonville Sharks 21–27 in the inaugural NAL Championship, and in 2018 with 66–8 loss to the Carolina Cobras.

History

The Lions were founded in 2006. 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. [4] [5]

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

Following the Lions' 2015 PIFL Cup IV Championship, the Lions moved to American Indoor Football. [6]

The Lions move to the AIF proved to be fruitful for the Lions, and they completed the regular season 8-0 and won the 2016 AIF Championship with a perfect record. [7] One week after winning the championship, the Lions announced they were leaving the AIF for the 2017 season. [8]

In July 2016, Lions' owners Skip Seda and his father, Keke Seda, announced the formation of a new league called the Arena Developmental League to begin play in spring 2017. [9] They named former Canadian Football League, Arena Football League, and AF2 coach John Gregory as the league's commissioner. In November 2016, the Jacksonville Sharks joined and the Sedas yielded control over the new league for it to become the National Arena League.

Players

Roster

Columbus Lions roster
Quarterbacks
  • -- Luke Collis
  • --Mitch Kidd

Running backs

Wide receivers

  • -- Bones Bagaunte
  • --Jevon Floyd
  •  1Jarmon Fortson
  • --LaQuan Johnson
  • --KeVontae Pope
  • -- Chris Sanders-McCollum
  • -- Darryl Thompson
Offensive linemen
  • 55 Rony Barrow
  • --Austin Hester
  • 75 Nathan Isles
  • 72 Ryan Schmidt
  • 58 Dion Small

Defensive linemen

  • 93 James Middleton
  • 78Deylan Buntyn
  • 93Darrius Rosser
Linebackers
  •  3Robert Caldwell
  • 22Greg Hall
  • 44 David Washington

Defensive backs

  • 21Shattle Fenteng
  •  7 Chris Pickett
  •  2 Tyler Stephenson

Special teams

  • -- Derek Vacha
Reserve lists
  • Rookies in italics
  • Roster updated March 9, 2019
  • 31 Active, 1 Inactive

More rosters

Awards and honors

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

Season-by-season results

Columbus playing the Louisiana Swashbucklers on April 14, 2012. Note the pink numbers in support of cancer awareness. Columbus Lions 4-14-2012.jpg
Columbus playing the Louisiana Swashbucklers on April 14, 2012. Note the pink numbers in support of cancer awareness.
League ChampionsConference ChampionsDivision ChampionsPlayoff BerthLeague Leader
Season Team League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
FinishWinsLossesTies
2007 2007 WIFL 1st1040Lost World Indoor Bowl I (Augusta) 60–63
2008 2008 AIFA WesternSouth2nd1040Lost Divisional Round (Mississippi) 50–52
2009 2009 AIFASouth1st1130Won Divisional Round (Fayetteville) 45–35
Lost Semifinal (Reading) 51–60
2010 2010 SIFL 2nd830Won Semifinal (Lafayette)
Won President's Cup II (Louisiana)
2011 2011 SIFLEasternSouth1st1110Won Divisional (Trenton) 62–60
Lost Eastern Conference Championship (Albany) 61–75
2012 2012 PIFL 3rd660Lost Semifinal (Albany) 36–60
2013 2013 PIFL6th480
2014 2014 PIFLAmerican2nd750Lost American Conference Championship (Nashville) 39–44
2015 2015 PIFL1st830Won Semifinal (Lehigh Valley) 69–41
Won PIFL Cup IV (Richmond) 64–38
2016 2016 AIF Southern1st800Won Southern Semifinal (New Mexico) 49–37
Won Southern Championship (Florida) 79–66
Won AIF Championship Game (West Michigan) 74–32
2017 2017 NAL 3rd930Won Semifinal (Lehigh Valley) 52–50
Lost NAL Championship (Jacksonville) 21–27
2018 2018 NAL4th870Won Semifinal (Massachusetts) 50–36
Lost NAL Championship (Carolina) 8–66
2019 2019 NAL4th680Lost Semifinal (Jacksonville) 43–67
2020 2020 NALSeason cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
Totals106550All-time regular season record (2007–2019)
119All-time postseason record (2007–2019)
117640All-time regular season and postseason record (2007–2019)

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