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The '''Montana Spartans''' are a professional American football team located in the city of [[Montana]]. The Spartans compete the National Football League's (NFL) NFC West conferences. The team began to play in 1997 with bringing young and underrated talent from many universities such as The University of Texas, University of Miami (FL), Syracuse University, and many more college football powerhouses.  
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The '''Montana Spartans''' are a professional American football team located in the city of [[Montana]]. The Spartans compete the National Football League's (NFL) NFC West conference. The team began to play in 1997 with bringing young and underrated talent from many universities such as The University of Texas, University of Miami (FL), Syracuse University, and many more college football powerhouses.  
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==

Latest revision as of 03:38, 1 August 2020


The Montana Spartans are a professional American football team located in the city of Montana. The Spartans compete the National Football League's (NFL) NFC West conference. The team began to play in 1997 with bringing young and underrated talent from many universities such as The University of Texas, University of Miami (FL), Syracuse University, and many more college football powerhouses.

History

The Montana Spartans franchise was founded in 1997. The Spartans were created shortly after the Montana Sharks, a nearby professional baseball team due to the sharks' quick success and positive feedback and push for a pro football team. The team would have originally been formed by Hector E. Delgado as an arena league team. Mr. Delgado was part of a rich family and known to be a great investor in the city. The owners' title would go to the Delgado family until Jorge Delgado gave the ownership to Mike Russell, a large investor for the team who had instead advocated for Montana Historical Stadium to be expanded for pro football seating so the Spartans could join the NFL instead.

Championships

2006 | NFC Champions - Seattle 10-32 Montana

2006 | Super Bowl XL Champions - Montana 38-32 Buffalo

Super Bowl XL

On January 30, 2006, the Montana Spartans with a record single-season record of 14-2 had won their first Super Bowl. With the great help of Coach Michael Ernades & Coach Ralles, they had pushed through the defense of the Buffalo Bills winning the game 38-32.

The Spartan Play

The Spartan Play is the most notable football play in Spartan's history. In the fourth quarter with 0:10 left in Super Bowl XL at Seattle's CenturyLink Field, down 30-32 against the Bills on the Spartans 17; Offensive coordinator Drake Ralles had called a play that was only practiced one time in weekday preseason practice. Most of the players had seemed to remember it so he had gone with the play. As the players broke out of the huddle, no one on the entire offense showed emotion so the Bills would think that the Spartans would try to get a first down and kick it. When the offense had readied themselves, quarterback Rafael Sanchez snapped the ball. Runningback Eric Smith ran forward, to receive the ball and attempt to jump for the 1st down. Instead of fully jumping, Smith jumped and passed the ball back to Sanchez. Tight End Darian Lance had caught the ball mid-air while running in the backfield. Darian Lance had then passed the ball downfield to wide open Reciever Jamal Tucker for the touchdown, putting the Spartans up 36-32. The crowd absolutely erupted according to many fans, a few fans reported having ringing ears for up to two days after the game was over. After being up 36-32, the Spartans ran a traditional outside run to the corner of the endzone for a two-point conversion, putting the Spartans up 38-32 Bills with 0:04 left in the game.

Sheffield's Obliteration

After the Spartan Play, kicker Cory Westerham had kicked the ball off, with the kicking teams line charging downfield, the Bills didn't have a chance at even getting passed the 40-yard line. When Bills kick returner Tashawn Rigenou caught the ball, he had enough time to at least get a running start. He was then obliterated by middle rusher/defense back, Daniel Sheffield. The crowd was even louder than before recording at 120.8 decibels.

Rivalries

The Spartans have a heated rivalry with AFC-East opponent the Buffalo Bills after Super Bowl XL. The Spartans lead the series 7-5.

Stadium

The Spartans play at shared Montana Historical Stadium with the UMON Golden Lions. The max capacity is 67,300.

Hall Of Fame

In 2008 Coach Ernades joined the Hall of Fame for his undoubtedly amazing work and contributions for his team, the NFL, and many cities across the USA for football. Unfortunately, four years after his induction in 2012, he passed away from lung cancer.

Notable Players

Rafael Sanchez (Quarterback) 1999-2012. Sanchez's number #12 was retired on May 1st, 2013.

Eric Smith (Runningback) 2000-2009.

Jamal Tucker (Wide Receiver) 2003-2010.

Olympo Bolton (Cornerback) 1997-2005.

Alex Winthrop Jr. (Wide Receiver) 1997-2004.

Jaden Keswick (Safety) 2006-2017.

Matthew Christian (Defensive Tackle) 2010-2019.

Keshawn Hawkins (Quarterback) 2012-2019.

Cory Westerham (Kicker) 1999-2016.