The Austin Wranglers> team was an American football team from Austin, Texas, who played in the arenafootball2. Founded in 2004, the team started to play as an expansion team in the Arena Football League.
The home arena of this team is Frank Erwin Center, the venue where the team played their home games on the University of Texas campus. They played in the south division of the National Conference. In 2004, the team accumulated a record of 8-8 which was possible due to notable players like Charlie Davidson, Darryl Hammond and John Kaleo. The team were however not qualified for the playoffs, after they stumbled to 3 losses closing out of the season.
The 2004-05 season was quiet ok with players like former All-Rookie teamer OL/DL Bryan Henderson, QB John Fitzgerald and OS Ira Gooch. Former starting quarterback John Kaleo, however got shifted to the Los Avengers for cash and future plans.
John Fitzgerald was one of the only bright spots on the team as the Wrangler’s finished 2005 season with a record of 6-10. With past failures in 2004 and 2005, the team management had an active off-season. The presidents of the team, Glyn Milburn and Doug MacGregor, both played a significant part in the team. By 2006, the multi talented athlete, Deion Sanders retired from playing in the NFL and became one of the franchise’s owners.
The same year, the team clinched their first ever playoff berth with a victory over the Grand Rapids Rampage. Unfortunately, the team got eliminated from the playoffs after they lost to the team of Philadelphia Soul in the first round of the wild card playoffs.
Despite of being dropped to af2, the team considered to play in Cedar Park Entertainment Center to cut costs, though were not successful to follow af2. Financial difficulties continued to plague this team and ownership was announced in 2008, with the franchise ceasing operations and the team not appearing in 2009 season.
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