The Victoria Hurricanes finished what could be one of the longest games. From playing one half of football one Saturday to finishing it up the next.
The Hurricanes dropped a heartbreaker to the Austin Vipers, 14-12. The Vipers advanced to the Southern Conference championship game only to lose to the defending CRAFL Champion, Houston Ducks. The Ducks will be making their third championship game in a row, the second with the CRAFL.
Team owner Rudy Guzman was humble after the loss, “You know I have been doing this a long time. I am grateful for everyone that has been a part of this ride.”
Guzman, who was brought out of retirement during the year that the team was called the Bay City Texans only after six months, has said this is it.
“It is time for me to spend more time with my grandchildren and watch them grow.” Guzman continued, “I love the game and will miss it. As of today, the team is up for sale.” Guzman wants to find an owner that just not own the team, but also continue his legacy of supporting students from around the area as well as the special relationship built with the adults of Victoria that are special needs.
Guzman entered semi pro football in 2010 as the owner of the Victoria Texans. In 2013, he saw his team win the first of two championships. Later in his career in 2017, the Hurricanes won CRAFL Bowl VII against the Wharton County Panthers. Guzman was also inducted into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame that year. He was nominated by his former GM Jeff Magnia, MLFHOF Class of 2016.
He leaves a trail of generosity that will be hard to match. His love for football can be matched for his love of giving back to the community. Those that take the reigns will have big shoes to fill. But don’t worry….he will be in the stands with his grandchildren, cheering on the home team.