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Encyclopedia > Birmingham Americans

The Birmingham Americans were the most successful of the World Football League franchises. Founded late December 1973, they led the league in attendance and had also won all 13 home games at legendary Legion Field. Led by Jack Gotta, the former Ottawa Rough Riders coach put together a solid squad-including veteran quarterback George Mira, rookie passer Matthew Reed, fullback Charley Harraway, wide receiver Dennis Homan, and former St. Louis Cardinals, Auburn standout, safety Larry Willingham. During the offseason, Americans owner, Bill Putnam, signed some 20 NFL players, including such names as Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, and Pittsburgh Steelers L.C. Greenwood. Birmingham Americans logo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Legion Field is a large stadium in Birmingham, Alabama primarily designed to be used as a venue for American football, but is occasionally used for other large outdoor events. ... Kenny The Snake Stabler is a former American football quarterback who played quarterback at the University of Alabama and for the Oakland Raiders under coach John Madden (1970-1984). ... L.C. Greenwood L.C. Greenwood was an American football player for the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers. ...

As it turned out in that first, and only season, the Birmingham entry didn't need any NFL "futures." The Americans did well with its first squadron by shooting out of the gate to win their first 10 games. Although they slumped to a .500 record in the second half, it was enough to finish second, behind Central Division winning Memphis, at 15-5. After beating The Hawaiians in the semi-finals, 22-19, the Americans advanced to the league's title game. It is at Legion Field that the first Birmingham team won the only WFL championship game the league ever staged, beating the Florida Blazers in World Bowl I, 22-21. The team had the best attendance of any team in the WFL. Soon after, however, due to financial duress, the Americans' uniforms were confiscated for nonpayment. The Birmingham franchise was soon taken over by the re-formed "new" World Football League.

The 1975 entry in the WFL was known as the Birmingham Vulcans. and they were the best team in the league with a 9-3 record and the best at the box office until the league folded in midseason. The Americans/Vulcans developed a more considerable following than was typical of most WFL teams. When the league folded, Birmingham, and Memphis, attempted to get admitted into the NFL for the 1976 season, although unlike the similar and more extensive effort in Memphis which involved actual cash deposits toward season tickets it seemed to consist mainly of getting fans to sign a "statement of support" somewhat similar to a petition. When the Memphis effort failed, Vulcans followers were forced to accept the inevitable as well, and efforts to get the team admitted as an NFL franchise were abandoned. Birmingham Vulcans logo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ... Memphis is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, of which it is the county seat. ... Look up Petition in Wiktionary, the free dictionary A petition is a request to an authority, most commonly a government official or public entity. ...

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