UAB Blazers

UAB Blazers

About UAB Blazers

The UAB Blazers football team represents the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Its origins can be traced back to 1989, although the Blazers did not become an NCAA team until 1991. Despite its youth, the program has produced a number of players who have been successful in the National Football League. Their main rivals are the Memphis Tigers. The rivalry dates back to 1997 and is known as the 'Battle for the Bones', due to the trophy awarded to the winner, which is a bronze rack of ribs.

Initially competing as a Division III independent, UAB moved up to I-AA level ahead of the 1993 season. Then, in 1996, UAB were reclassified once again and competed as a Division I-A independent until 1998. In 1999, the Blazers joined Conference USA, where they have remained ever since.

At present, UAB have an all-time losing record and have so far failed to win any Conference or Division Titles. In December 2004, they made their first appearance in a bowl game at the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. Unfortunately, they eventually lost the game to the Hawaii Warriors. To date, it remains their only bowl game appearance and as a result, they currently possess a 0-1 record in the post-season.

Over the years, a number of UAB alumni have competed in the NFL and several remain active in the pro game. Examples include the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, Roddy White; the wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, Joe Webb and the New York Giants offensive tackle, Matt McCants.

Since the team's foundation, they have played home games at the off-campus Legion Field. The venue opened in 1927 and is currently able to hold up to 71,594 spectators. In 2011, UAB announced plans to build a new stadium, on-camp...