|Corpus Christi Fury|
|Intense Football League (2004, 2006–2008)|
National Indoor Football League (2005)
|Team colors||Navy, White, Bright Green, Silver|
|General manager||Robert Wehling|
|Head coach||LaDaniel Marshall|
|*Corpus Christi Hammerheads (2004–2012)|
|League championships (1)|
|Conference championships (0)|
|Division championships (0)|
|Playoff appearances (8)|
|2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014|
|*American Bank Center (2003-2016)|
History[edit | edit source]
The Fury began life as the Corpus Christi Hammerheads, a charter member of the Intense Football League. The Hammerheads are coached by ex-University of Houston QB and former IFL star Jason McKinley, son of former NFL player Bob McKinley, and led by a strong supporting cast of players such as quarterback Wes Cooper, wide receiver Shomari Buchanan, tight end Matt Ross, and linebackers Roy Salas and DeAndrae Filmore. They played their home games at the Memorial Coliseum in 2004 and at the American Bank Center in 2005 and 2006, both of which are in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The team did not return to the American Bank Center for 2007 after the arena decided not to renew the team's lease and it became the home of the af2 team, the Corpus Christi Sharks. In 2007, the Hammerheads played in the Central Pavilion Arena in nearby Robstown, Texas. In 2008, head coach Jason McKinley guided the Hammerheads back to the Intense Football League's title game only to lose 65-36 in Lake Charles, Louisiana to the Louisiana Swashbucklers. After the Sharks folded following the 2009 season the Hammerheads announced they were returning to the American Bank Center for the upcoming 2010 season.
For the 2011 season, the Hammerheads joined the Southern Indoor Football League. Finishing at 7-5, the Hammerheads lost to the Louisiana Swashbucklers in the first round of the playoffs. After the 2011 season, the Hammerheads left the SIFL to help start the Lone Star Football League.
The team was removed from the Lone Star Football League following the 2012 season. In 2013, the team played in the Ultimate Indoor Football League and renamed as the Corpus Christi Fury (the logos were originally designed for a proposed 2012 UIFL expansion team, the Danville Dragons).
After falling to the Florida Tarpons in Ultimate Bowl III, the Fury returned to the Ultimate Bowl in 2014. The team defeated the Tarpons 60-23 to claim their first championship in franchise history.
For the 2015 season, the Fury played in the X-League after the UIFL ceased operations. The Fury would also go winless in this season.
On October 1, 2015, the Fury joined American Indoor Football after the X-League folded. The team cancelled several games during the 2016 season and only played one game against another AIF member. While never announced by the team itself, the Fury appeared to have folded before their May 15, 2016, game against the New Mexico Stars, giving the Stars 24-hours notice that they would be unable to make the game. They also announced their May 22 home game was cancelled on the day of the game over social media without explanation. They were removed from the AIF website after the completion of the 2016 season. AIF would cease all operations in July 2016 but the Fury appear to have folded prior to and independently of this. In October, a new indoor football team was announced to begin play in 2017 out of the American Bank Center called the Corpus Christi Rage. The new team had no connection to the former Hammerheads/Fury franchise and was a member of the new National Arena League. This team, however, also went winless and failed to complete the 2017 season.
Final roster[edit | edit source]
Season-by-season[edit | edit source]
Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties
|Corpus Christi Hammerheads (Intense Football League)|
|Corpus Christi Hammerheads (NIFL)|
|2005||8||6||0||2nd Pacific South||Won PC Quarterfinal (S.W. Louisiana)|
Lost PC Semifinal (Odessa)
|Corpus Christi Hammerheads (Intense Football League)|
|2006||9||5||0||2nd League||Won Semifinal (Centex)|
Lost Intense Bowl II (Odessa)
|2007||12||2||0||2nd League||Won Semifinal (Frisco)|
Lost Intense Bowl III (Louisiana)
|2008||10||4||0||2nd League||Won Semifinal (CenTex)|
Lost Intense Bowl IV (Louisiana)
|Corpus Christi Hammerheads (Indoor Football League)|
|2009||5||9||0||4th Intense Lone Star||—|
|2010||6||8||0||3rd Intense Lone Star||Lost Round 1 (Arkansas)|
|Corpus Christi Hammerheads (SIFL)|
|2011||7||5||0||2nd WC Southwest||Lost WC Round 1 (Louisiana)|
|Corpus Christi Hammerheads (LSFL)|
|Corpus Christi Fury (UIFL)|
|2013||6||1||0||2nd League||Lost Ultimate Bowl III (Florida)|
|2014||5||0||0||1st League||Won Ultimate Bowl IV (Florida)|
|Corpus Christi Fury (X-League)|
|Corpus Christi Fury (AIF)|
|Totals||86||69||0||(including IFL, NIFL, SIFL, UIFL, X-League & AIF playoffs)|
Records[edit | edit source]
- The Hammerheads hold the record for most Intense Bowls played, but lost all three games.
References[edit | edit source]
- "unknown". www.americanbankcenter.com. American Bank Center. http://www.americanbankcenter.com/about/press/?id=5254. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
- [dead link]
- "Hammerhead heading back to Corpus Christi, American Bank Center". www.caller.com. Corpus Christi Caller Times. October 21, 2009. http://www.caller.com/news/2009/oct/21/hammerheads-heading-back-to-cc-american-bank/. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
- Matt Young (August 2, 2014). "Fury rout Tarpons, claim championship of two-team league". www.caller.com. Corpus Christi Caller Times. http://www.caller.com/sports/local/fury-rout-tarpons-claim-championship-of-two-team-league-ep-533283617.html. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
- "AIF to Add West Division". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. October 1, 2015. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=5055535. Retrieved October 1, 2015.
- "NM Stars take long road to Georgia, playoffs". Albuquerque Journal. June 3, 2016. http://www.abqjournal.com/784937/stars-take-long-road-to-georgia-playoffs.html.
- "Ceremony held for new Corpus Christi Rage arena football team". KIII. October 17, 2016. http://www.kiiitv.com/sports/ceremony-held-for-new-corpus-christi-rage-arena-football-team/337000956.
- "Another indoor football team bites the dust, Rage calls it quits after going 0-9". KRIS-TV. June 15, 2017. http://www.kristv.com/story/3568060/another-indoor-football-team-bites-the-dust-rage-calls-it-quits-after-going-0-9.[dead link]
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- Official Site of the Corpus Christi Fury
- Hammerheads' 2006 stats[dead link]
- Hammerheads' 2007 stats[dead link]
- Hammerheads' 2008 stats
- Hammerheads' 2011 stats[dead link]