The World Indoor Football League
was an indoor football
league founded by Harry Pierce, owner of the Rome Renegades
and Raleigh Rebels
of the American Indoor Football League
. The league was a splinter league that formed after disgruntled ownership in the AIFL, caused significant turmoil and resulted in several teams leaving the league.
Both the Rebels and Renegades were to play in the league, with the Rebels to be renamed as the Carolina Bombers
. However, on October 16, 2006, Pierce folded both franchises.
Daytona Beach Thunder player Javan Camon, in his second year with the club, died February 26, 2007 as a result of injuries received during a game against the Columbus Lions. Camon was involved in a helmet-to-helmet block during the late stages of the game. He was attended by paramedics and doctors at the Ocean Center arena for approximately 25 minutes without recovering. He was pronounced dead on arrival at an area hospital. So, in his honor, the league's MVP award was named after him as the Javan Camon Award. The award was given to Marvin Stone of the Augusta Spartans. Columbus Lions' Jason Gibson was named Coach of the Year, and Danny Burnham of Rome,Ga. was named Fan of the Year for his efforts assisting the league's PR department.
Daytona Beach also made some news in the indoor football ranks when arena football legend Barry Wagner
joined the team in March 2007; Daytona Beach had previously attempted such a publicity stunt by signing Terry Bradshaw
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