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Tennessee Valley Becomes the Raptors
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January 26, 2005 - Huntsville, AL-Tennessee Valley of United Indoor Football (UIF) announced a name change at a press conference this afternoon. Tennessee Valley, located in Hunstville, Alabama, will now be known as the "raptors."

"Raptor" is a derivative of velociraptor, meaning swift robber, was a smaller dinosaur and fierce predator, being quick and agile. For its size, proportionally its brain was the largest of any dinosaur; it was one of the smartest dinosaurs. One toe on each foot was large and shaped like a sickle – it would have caused a lot of carnage! It could have also done much damage with its dagger-shaped teeth that were serrated like a saw. The Raptor was a very effective killing machine.

One of the most unique aspects of the Raptor is the “Killing Claw” it has on each foot. The Raptor was probably a pack hunter, which would have allowed it to attack prey much larger than itself. It was very light and very fast, and had very strong arms and claws, which were effective weapons by themselves.

The Raptor was a predatory dinosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous period, approximately 75 million years ago. It is estimated that the animal could run extremely fast, at the speed of 60 km/hr for about 15 seconds.

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