B’ham mayor declares January 18 as ‘UAB Blazers Football Day’

Published: Jan. 4, 2019 at 7:34 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - January 18 has been declared UAB Blazers Football Day in Birmingham.

Mayor Randall Woodfin released the announcement Friday night. The declaration comes in connection with a parade that will be held the same day at 4 p.m.

Woodfin released the following statement:

“UAB already means so much to Birmingham in terms of jobs, economic impact and the education it provides it students. And, now this team has shown the entire nation what Birmingham is all about – resiliency, perseverance and teamwork.

“I join UAB in inviting Blazer fans to meet us on University Boulevard to honor the team. Wear your green and gold and let’s show the team and Coach Bill Clark just how proud we are of them."

The Blazers football program is being celebrated after an historic 2018 season.

UAB, just two years back from the program being shut down, won the program’s first C-USA championship and defeated Northern Illinois in the Boca Raton Bowl to earn their first both win in program history. The Blazers won a program-high 10 games and head coach Bill Clark received several Coach of the Year honors.

“This is Birmingham’s team. What these young men accomplished under the leadership of Coach Clark is simply amazing,” Woodfin said in a release.

The parade route will begin at the UAB Administration Building at 701 20th St. South and move down University Blvd. It will end at the UAB football facility, located at 1219 Sixth Ave. South.

A route of the UAB football celebration parade. (Source: Birmingham's Mayor Office)
A route of the UAB football celebration parade. (Source: Birmingham's Mayor Office)(Source: WBRC)

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