The Richmond Bandits were an indoor football team. They were a charter member of the American Indoor Football League. In 2005, the Bandits defeated the Erie Freeze to win the AIFL's first-ever American Bowl, completing the year with a combined record of 11-1. During that inaugural year, head coach Rik Richards, offensive coordinator Brent Williams, and line coach Steve Criswell led one of the league's most potent offenses and a defense that led the league in takeaways. Starting quarterback Will Burch led the team to a 4-1 record, including a 94-point outburst at Johnstown, before being replaced by Robbie Jenkins due to ineffectiveness in game 6. Damon "Redd" Thompson, Bryan Still, DeAndre Green, and Marcel Willis were the team's top receivers. Lawrence Lewis anchored the defense. The Bandits played their home games in the Richmond Coliseum. Also affiliated with the team are the Bandivas, the dance team for the Bandits, and mascot Billy the Bandit.

Despite ending up 12-2 (second in the S.C.) in their second year, they were unable to agree on issues concerning the league and their rules. Their team owner stated that the Bandits will no longer be part of the American Indoor Football League [1].

Because they were unable to join any other indoor league and there's was potential to bring back the Richmond Speed, it's most likely that the Bandits have disbanded.

In their last year in the AIFL, WR Redd Thompson was named the 2006 Southern Conference Offensive MVP.[2]


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

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2005 9 1 0 2nd League Won American Bowl I (Erie)
2006 12 2 0 2nd Southern Forfeited (Raleigh)
Totals 23 4 0 (including playoffs)

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