Get a glimpse at the start of UAB Football in the new Retro’spectives

Starting this fall, the UAB Reporter will publish Retro'spectives, a series of photos from the UAB Archives. Published the first and third Monday of each month, the photos will tell a unique story about UAB: its inception, its capacity for transformation and its growth on the path to success.


1Blazer Quarterback Doug Gann (left) runs with the ball in the first NCAA football game for UAB on Sept. 7, 1991, against Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. The university had a club team in 1989, but in 1991 began playing as a NCAA Division III team. Now, after a two-year hiatus, UAB Football has returned to Birmingham, defeating Alabama A&M in its season opener 38-7 before a record crowd that exceeded 45,000 in Legion Field.