FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 23, 2001
“GRAND RAPIDS RAMPAGE DAY” PROCLAIMED IN KENT COUNTY
Grand Rapids, MI – Kent County Board of Commissioners Chair Steven R. Heacock on Thursday issued the following signed proclamation:
WHEREAS, the Grand Rapids Rampage entered the Arena Football League in 1997 and have achieved marked improvement each year since; and
WHEREAS, the Rampage began the 2001 campaign with one goal in mind, that being to win the Arena Football League “Arena Bowl XV”; and
WHEREAS, the Rampage methodically destroyed their opponents one by one during the regular season, earned a 14 – 3 record and gained the coveted #1 seed for the playoffs thereby winning home field advantage for them and the best fans in the world; and
WHEREAS, the Rampage, led by AFL Coach of the Year Michael Trigg, and gun-slinging quarterback Clint Dolezel, waltzed through the playoffs to the AFL Championship Arena Bowl Game on August 19, 2001 against the Nashville Kats; and
WHEREAS, the Rampage, together with the 11,217 screaming fans in attendance and their many supporters at home, throttled the Kats in Arena Bowl XV, 64 – 42, and became the AFL Champions of the World.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that, I, Steven R. Heacock, Chair, individually and on behalf of the Kent County Board of Commissioners, do hereby recognize and congratulate the GRAND RAPIDS RAMPAGE for their outstanding achievement in winning the AFL Championship and do hereby proclaim this day, Thursday, August 23, 2001, as Grand Rapids Rampage Day in Kent County.