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  Montana Panthers (2001)


Years of Operation: 2001 (Feb - April)


Overall Record:  0-0 (Never Played)


League Affiliation:  

North American Football League (2001)



Team Headquarters: Butte, MT

Owner: P.G. "Greg" Marlar


General Manager:


Coaches: Gene Woodson






Feb 26, 2001


Semi-pro football league set

Butte, Helena, Great Falls and Bozeman will have franchises this spring in the Big Sky division of the North American Football League.

The semipro league has 62 teams nationwide and is considered a second chance for college-caliber players to get noticed by pro football scouts. Gene Woodson, head coach of the Montana Panthers of Butte said the league gives players a chance to keep playing and improve their skills in hopes of getting a look.

Canadian Football League and National Football League scouts are expected to look at the division, he said.

The Panthers, the Helena Knights, the Great Falls Gladiators and the Bozeman Kodiaks are scheduled to play in late May with spring combines starting next month. The teams are expected to bring in about 12 players from out-of-state, but the rest will be made up of local and regional talent.

We are looking for some local guys to come in and impress us, Woodson said.

Woodson says the program is serious. Players will practice in the evenings after work Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with film Monday and games Saturday.



Apr 8, 2001 - Missoulian

Butte football team folds

BUTTE (AP) - The Butte franchise of the North American Football League is defunct.

Big Sky Division commissioner Kyle Campbell notified the Montana Panthers organization Friday morning that the North American Football League will rescind its membership after head coach Gene Woodson and owner P.G. "Greg" Marlar, left Montana.

The franchise's failure raises questions about where the money has gone from about 50 people who applied for tryouts as players and cheerleaders. The fee was $40 for players.

The team also had a number of local businesses lined up as sponsors, but it is unclear how much money, if any, they might have paid the team.

The remaining members of the Big Sky Division - Helena, Great Falls, Bozeman and Wasatch in Salt Lake City - will fill the open spots left by the Panthers on the 2001 schedule with games against Idaho teams.