Arena Football League

Arena Football and 9/11: The Story of the Albany War Birds

Back in 2001, an Arena Football League team based in Albany, NY needed a logo, as well as a name. Two college roommates, Jason Klein and Casey White, came up with a logo and a new name, the Albany War Birds. The logo represented a war plane.

The trademark for both the logo and name were field on Aug. 15, 2001. The team was set to unveil the name on Sept. 12. Then came 9/11.

After the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center went down the day before the announcement was to be made, the plans for the name and logo were cancelled.

The team wound up being called the Albany Conquest. The Conquest played in the AFL from 2002 until they folded after the 2008 season. They were renewed as the Firebirds for just one season before folding again, this time for good.

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