In the recruitment process, a player must make a decision where to continue his career. Most importantly, which organization offers him the best opportunity to win a Championship and showcase his skill-set to teams in the CFL, AFL, and NFL. Let’s look at the facts about the Columbus Lions and what they provide for their players. Before you do, Click the links below to see former Lions' players who played in the NFL & former Lions' players that moved up.
• The Columbus Lions are one of the premier organizations in the country.
• The Lions are entering their 9th consecutive season of play. We are the longest running organization in the PIFL.
• The Lions are led by Coach Jason Gibson, a former AFL & CFL player. He is the only Coach in Lion’s history. He is the longest tenured Coach in the PIFL and 2nd longest in the COUNTRY.
• 10 players have won player of the year honors in only 8 seasons. (3 offense, 5 defense, 2 special teams)
• Made the playoffs 7 out of 8 years (Which means more pro-game film).
• World class medical and rehabilitation team with top orthopedic doctors in the Southeast on staff and available 24/7.
• Out of town players are provided with 5-star apartments that are furnished and come with washer/dryers. (Click here to view apartments) Coach Gibson said, “Having been a player, I never believed in putting players in a cramped up hotel room for four months. Our organization goes out of the way to make sure that our players are taken care of outside football, as well.” We also help our players land jobs for life after/outside of football.
Marcus Jones former Lions QB Duke University - "When I came to Columbus my dream was only to play football but when I left I had a career that will define my future for many years to come. When it comes to life after football I know I made the right decision by choosing the Columbus Lions".
• The Lions have their own practice locker room, meeting rooms, training rooms, and offices on site.
• The Lions have meals delivered to the team facilities after practice during the season. Even season ticket holders sometimes make meals for the players and deliver these to us.
• Only 90 miles from the Atlanta Airport, in one of the fastest growing urban areas. As the southern most city in the PIFL, Columbus has the best climate.
• Premier facilities in the Columbus Civic Center with one of the largest season ticket holder fan bases in the PIFL.
Trey Crum former Kicker and Special Teams Player of the Year- Greatest atmosphere I've ever played in!! Lions fans truly are supportive and were good to me!! Love this dome that I called home!!
• Over 25% of our players move up the pro-football ladder each season. You will be playing and working each day with guys who have been in the NFL, CFL, and AFL. This helps to hone your skills as a professional football player.
The Head Coach and the Player Personnel Director have a vast network of NFL, CFL, AFL connections, and contacts. The Lions staff visit NFL, CFL, and AFL training camps and know the coaches at this level. Your game film each week will be placed into FBX, the premier player personnel database used by select CFL, AFL, and NFL teams to track players.