Capital Region football fans loved their Albany Firebirds, who played their football at the Pepsi Arena from 1990 to 2000. In 1998, they finished the season 10-4, winning their third Eastern Division Title. Former Colonie Central star, Chad Dukes, was a fullback/linebacker on that team. He led the league in rushing for the second year in a row with 364 yards. It earned him the Ironman of the Year award, and he gained First Team All-Arena honors.