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Montgomery Bears
AIFA Bears
Founded 2005
Folded 2007
Arena Garrett Coliseum
Based in Montgomery, Alabama
Colors Brown, red, black
League American Indoor Football Association
Head coach Carlos Clayton
President of Football Operations Michael Mink, John Morris
Dance Team Honey Bears

The Montgomery Bears were a professional indoor football team that played their home games at the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery, Alabama. They are a member of the American Indoor Football Association. The team began play as the Montgomery Maulers of the National Indoor Football League and won the Atlantic Conference Central Division Championship in 2005. The 2005 season ended in the conference semifinals of the playoffs to the Rome Renegades, who went on to appear in the NIFL Championship Indoor Bowl V.

The team folded in October 2007.[1]

Entire Team FiredEdit

Late in April, 2006, the second year of the club's existence, Donald Jackson, an attorney representing members of the team said the club had not paid the players, staff or coaches in more than a month. The team's owner (Jamie LaMunyon) made national news on April 27, 2006, by terminating the contracts of all players and announcing that replacements would be hired. [2]

New OwnershipEdit

On May 3, 2006, the Maulers came under new ownership. After losing five of their first six games, the team has rallied under new management, winning five of the next six (the lone defeat was a 1 point overtime loss in an away game). The Maulers showed their renewed tenacity most recently in the Osceola rematch. After a downed Montgomery player was speared in the back of the head (with no penalty having been assessed), the teams broke out into a 17 minute bench clearing brawl resulting in 19 players being ejected. Montgomery managed to overcome a 15 point deficit in the fourth quarter to pull off the 1 point win. Although this was officially the second time these teams have played, the first meeting was actually fielded by players from the SSFL's Gulf Coast Raiders (a team owned by Michael Mink) due to the previously mentioned contract disputes. Following the loss, Michael Mink and John Morris decided to become more involved with arena football and purchased the Maulers franchise with Mink becoming head coach and Morris becoming general manager. Subsequently, a number of Raiders players have been signed to the Maulers roster, which has brewed speculation that the Raiders will be used as a farm team for the Maulers.

2006 PlayoffsEdit

Following a drumming by the top ranked Fayetteville Guard, the Maulers were 6-7 overall with the surprising opportunity to still make the playoffs. Tied for 7th place in the conference with the Charleston Sandsharks whom was scheduled the final game of the regular season, the winner was to receive the final playoff spot (only 6 teams per conference qualify). The Maulers lost the game 28-39, but Charleston's general manager Al Bannister had already stated the organization would skip the playoffs and refocus its energy on next season. It was noticed that the official NIFL web site had an asterisk by the teams name and stated no team with outstanding operational items (stats) would be eligible for the playoffs. Later, it was revealed the franchise had cheated by using at least six illegal players and also had outstanding fines due to administrative issues (not exchanging film with opponents or keeping statistics at home games). Subsequently, the Sandsharks were banned from the playoffs for the infractions, with the Maulers being awarded the sixth Atlantic conference spot. However this all proved academic as the Maulers lost in the first week of the playoffs on July 8 at Lakeland. Falling behind 27-0 in the first quarter, Montgomery stormed back but could not quite complete the comeback falling 70-62, ending their season 7-8.

After the 2006 season, the team announced they were changing their name to the Montgomery Bears and moving to the American Indoor Football Association.

Season-By-SeasonEdit

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Montgomery Maulers (NIFL)
2005 8 6 0 1st Atlantic Central Won AC Quarterfinal (M. Morays)
Lost AC Seimfinal (Rome)
2006 7 7 0 2nd Atlantic East Lost AC Quarterfinal (Lakeland)
Montgomery Bears (AIFA)
2007 5 9 0 5th Southern --
Totals 21 24 0 (including playoffs)

2007 Season ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent Home/Away Result
February 10 Mississippi Mudcats Away Lost 27-57
February 26 Carolina Speed Away Lost 16-48
March 17 Tallahassee Titans Away Lost 26-30
March 24 Tallahassee Titans Home Lost 34-55
April 2 Mississippi Mudcats Home Lost 37-62
April 7 Florence Phantoms Home Lost 40-46
April 14 Baltimore Blackbirds Away Won 51-22
April 21 Carolina Speed Home Won 63-34
April 28 Reading Express Away Lost 57-73
May 5 Florence Phantoms Away Won 48-40
May 12 Baltimore Blackbirds Home Won 58-11
May 19 Lakeland Thunderbolts Home Lost 32-34
May 25 Johnstown Riverhawks Home Won 32-9
June 2 Lakeland Thunderbolts Away Lost 56-72

Current rosterEdit

Name Height Weight Position School
Fred Barnett 6 ft 8 in 303 lb DL Faulkner
Ryan Tyrone Beneby 6 ft 4 in OL ASU
Dante Booker 6 ft 3 in 285 lb DL Auburn
Brian Bostick 5 ft 11 in 210 lb PK Alabama
John Campbell 6 ft 2 in LB
Kevin Campbell 6 ft 3 in 250 lb RB Troy
Joshua J.C. Chambers 6 ft 2 in 280 lb DL ASU
Markeith Cooper 5 ft 10 in WR Auburn
Jermaine Copeland 6 ft 2 in WR Grambling State
Monreko Crittenden 6 ft 3 in 253 lb OL Auburn
Undrae Crosby 6 ft 4 in 290 lb DL UAB
Silas Daniels 6 ft 0 in 190 lb WR Auburn
Cliff Darrington II 6 ft 1 in 300 lb DL Lakeland High
Roosevelt Echeverry 5 ft 11 in PK Tuskegee
Santino Fitzpatrick 6 ft 6 in DE
Reginald Glover 6 ft 1 in WR ASU
Tyvon Green 6 ft 2 in QB Stillman
Jonathan Harrell 6 ft 2 in 235 lb LB Northern Iowa
Shaun Holmes 5 ft 10 in 202 lb WR ASU
Eric Hudson 6 ft 3 in 230 lb LB ASU
Ray Johnson 6 ft 2 in DB Miles
Travis Lee 6 ft 5 in 290 lb DL Auburn
Deon Lewis 6 ft 3 in 195 lb DB ASU
Quincy McCall 6 ft 2 in 275 lb OL ASU
James Prince 6 ft 1 in LB Morris Brown
J.R. Richardson 6 ft 2 in 228 lb QB ASU
Charlie Rollins 5 ft 10 in 205 lb RB Miles/ASU
Nate Sconiers 6 ft 4 in 302 lb OL ASU
Archie Smith 6 ft 0 in 175 lb DB ASU
Clinton Smith 5 ft 8 in QB ASU
Wesley Smith 5 ft 10 in DB West Georgia
Craig Orlando Smith 6 ft 1 in WR
Alan Thompson 5 ft 9 in DB Stillman
Ryan Paul Vandervort 6 ft 4 in OL Samford/Delta St
Keldrick Williams 5 ft 9 in RB ASU

Former playersEdit

  • Jeff Aaron 6'3" 215 lb QB UAB
  • Curtis Chance 6'3" 290 lb DL USF
  • Tim Daniels 6'2" 265 lb DE Southern
  • Octavius "Gator" Day 5'7" 160 lb WR Gulf Coast
  • Jamaal Fletcher 6'2" 205 lb DB ASU
  • Derrick Graves 6'1" 230 lb LB Auburn
  • Antoine Hill 5'11 177 lb DB ASU
  • Roger Medlock 6'5" 320 lb OL ASU
  • Rodrice Merkerson 6'3" 220 lb WR Concordia[disambiguation needed InterlanguageLinks-Asset-Pencil-Hover.gif]
  • Julius Mills 5'11" 190 lb DB ASU
  • Jay Newton 5'9" 175 lb WR ASU
  • Machion Sanders 5'9" 190 lb WR ASU
  • J.D. Verchuere 6'3" 290 lb C Gulf Coast

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