Albany Firebirds (af2)

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The Albany Firebirds were a professional arena football team of the AF2 based in Albany, New York. Albany was granted an expansion team in 2002[1] and began play as the Albany Conquest. The Firebirds played their home games at the Times Union Center. They are the second arena football team for Albany, as the city was granted an expansion team, the Albany Firebirds, in the Arena Football League in 1990. The team moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 2000 and played as the Indiana Firebirds through 2004 before disbanding.

Albany Firebirds
Established 2002
Folded 2009
Played in Times Union Center
in Albany, New York
Albany Firebirds Logo.gif
League/conference affiliations
AF2 (20022009)
  • American Conference (2002–2009)
    • Northeast Division (2002–2004)
    • Eastern Division (2005–2006)
    • East Division (2007–2009)
Team colorsBlack, royal blue, red, burnt orange, gold, white
Owner(s)Capital District Sports, Inc.
Head coachTony Bowick
Team history
  • Albany Conquest (2002–2008)
  • Albany Firebirds (2009)
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (2)
Playoff appearances (3)
Home arena(s)

Then the city of Albany ventured into the world of arena football again, this time joining the AF2 in 2002, creating a new franchise by the name the Albany Conquest. The team enjoyed little success and in 2009 for marketing purposes changed their name back to the Albany Firebirds before disbanding in 2010. They cited low attendance and poor fan support. Due to financial difficulties and low support, the Conquest were expected to fold following the 2008 season when a new investor could not be found.[2] The franchise had notified the league in late September that it would not return, but following a meeting with the Albany Times Union and the operator of the Times Union Center, an agreement was reached that would allow the team to return for 2009. The team also acquired the rights to the old Firebirds name and logo in a rebranding effort to raise interest in the team, hoping to bring back fans from the days of the original Firebirds team.[3]

On April 28, 2009, it was announced that the Albany Firebirds had offered former NFL quarterback Michael Vick a contract. Under the terms of this contract, Vick would be required to donate $100,000 to a local animal shelter.[4] The following day, the team retracted the announcement, claiming that it had been a publicity stunt created by the team's marketing department. The team's owner, Walter Robb, who knew nothing of the stunt, was cited as saying, "I’m a dog lover and I don’t want anything to do with (Vick)."[5]

Original team nameEdit

In a September 2016 article in Sports Illustrated, it was discovered that the Conquest/Firebirds almost became known as the Albany WarBirds. In 2001, 20-year-old college students Jason Klein and Casey White of branding firm Brandiose were chosen to come up with a new catchy name for a new franchise for Albany. The name that was chosen was the "WarBirds" and logos, helmet and uniform designs were created. They filed for a trademark on August 15 and set September 12 as the day to unveil the name, logo and uniforms. Then, the September 11th attacks occurred in New York City, The Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It was then determined that all parties involved agreed that the concept, which Klein described as a “weaponized airplane,” would have to go. The “Empire” was the frontrunner for the new team name but they ran into a trademark issue, so they eventually settled on “Conquest”.[6] However, in 2018, the new AFL franchise became known as the Albany Empire with no trademark issues.

Final rosterEdit

Albany Firebirds roster


  • 27 Derik Adams Jr.
  • 24 Norman Bauer
  • 22 Charles Bryant
  •  3 Jose Harris

Wide receivers/linebackers

Offensive /defensive linemen
  • 88 Jonathan Leible
  • 99 Anton Lindsey
  • 66 Aaron Meredith
  • 92 Reggie Paramoure
  • 90 Junior Ramos
  • 98 Chris Scanzano
  • 26 David Tash
  • 21 Rob Wright
  •  0 Bo Zollarcoffer
Wide receivers/defensive back
  •  2 Patrick Horne
  • 23 Malik Jackson
  • 10 Jared Jones
  • 29 Jamel Ramsey
  •  8 Anthony Rodriguez
  • 28 Lawrence Wade
  •  6 Kenneth Williams
  •  5 Christian Wise

Special teams

  • 12 Brian Umstead K
Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated July 15, 2007
27 Active, 0 Inactive


Season records
Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Albany Conquest
2002 13 3 0 1st AC Northeast Won AC Round 1 (Rochester 31–26)
Lost AC Semifinal (Cape Fear 46–30)
2003 13 3 0 1st AC Northeast Lost AC Semifinal (Macon 59–47)
2004 6 10 0 3rd AC Northeast
2005 4 12 0 5th AC East
2006 5 11 0 6th AC East
2007 6 10 0 4th AC East
2008 5 11 0 3rd AC East
Albany Firebirds
2009 7 9 0 2nd AC East Lost AC 1st Round (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 78–21)
Totals 60 72 0 (including playoffs)


  1. ^ "Arena football returns to Albany". OurSports Central. June 20, 2001. Archived from the original on 2017-12-08. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "Turnout to decide if 'Quest will end". Times Union. June 29, 2008. Retrieved October 4, 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)[dead link]
  3. ^ "Conquest staying, change to Firebirds". Times Union. October 4, 2008. Retrieved October 4, 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)[dead link]
  4. ^ Singelais, Mark (April 28, 2009). "Firebirds Want to Sign Michael Vick". Times Union. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  5. ^ "Albany Firebirds' owner says Michael Vick contract offer was a bad call". Associated Press. April 29, 2009. Archived from the original on 2021-11-13. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  6. ^ Gartland, Dan (September 12, 2016). "The arena football logo that got scrapped after 9/11". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 11, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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