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This article describes the 1995 CFL team that played. For the 1993 CFL team that never played, see San Antonio Riders.
San Antonio Texans
San Antonio Texans helmet San Antonio Texans logo

Founded 1993
Folded 1995
Based in San Antonio, Texas, United States
Home field Alamodome
League Canadian Football League
Division South Division
Colours Teal, old gold, black, burgundy, and white
                        
Head coach Kay Stephenson
Owner(s) Fred Anderson
Uniform CFL Jersey SAT 1995.png

The San Antonio Texans were a Canadian Football League (CFL) team that played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, in the 1995 CFL season. They had relocated from Sacramento, California, where the team had been called the Sacramento Gold Miners. After relocating, the team still had the same ownership in Fred Anderson and the same staff, including General Manager Dan Bass and Head Coach Kay Stephenson.

In the 1993 season there were supposed to be two U.S. teams in the CFL, the Sacramento Gold Miners and the San Antonio Riders; however, the original San Antonio Riders franchise folded without ever playing when its owner, Larry Benson, ran out of money and was forced to withdraw. After two seasons (1993 and 1994) in Sacramento, it was the Gold Miners who then became San Antonio's team as the Texans. The Gold Miners/Texans franchise thus played three seasons (five if the Texans' WLAF incarnation, the Sacramento Surge, is also counted), one of them as the Texans, before folding in 1995.

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Franchise history

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On the field

The Texans were unique in that they were the only one of the CFL USA teams whose stadium, the Alamodome, had a playing surface large enough to accommodate a regulation Canadian football field. In addition to having a playing surface wide enough for the full 65-yard width of a CFL field, its end zone seating could be retracted to accommodate the full 150-yard length of a CFL field.

In their third season in the CFL and their first as the Texans, the team had the second-highest scoring offence in the league, which was led by veteran quarterback David Archer. The franchise finished the 1995 CFL season with a 12-6 record, finishing in second place of the South Division, which sent them to their first playoff berth. In the playoffs, the San Antonio Texans soundly defeated the Birmingham Barracudas, 52-9, in the Southern Semi-Final at the Alamodome. However, their playoff run and the franchise's last season would end after falling to the eventual CFL champion Baltimore Stallions in the Southern Final by a score of 21-11.

San Antonio's two backup quarterbacks had connections to the National Football League's (NFL) Buffalo Bills. The first was 45-year-old former Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson, who had retired five years earlier. The second was Jimmy Kemp, son of Bills quarterback (and politician) Jack Kemp. Head coach Kay Stephenson was Jack Kemp's backup on the Bills squad in 1968 and served as head coach of the Bills in 1985; both stints were very unsuccessful.

Off the field

The San Antonio Texans had respectable attendance, with the average being 15,855. In one of their games at the Alamodome, attendance reached 22,043, in a 38-32 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

However, at the end of the 1995 season, the CFL decided to fold the Birmingham Barracudas, the Memphis Mad Dogs, and the Shreveport Pirates. In addition, when it was announced that Art Modell would move the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore, Maryland, to play as the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL, Stallions owner Jim Speros knew his franchise would not survive in direct competition with the NFL and moved the team to Montreal.

The end

With all this going on, it looked like Fred Anderson's franchise would be the only U.S.-based team in the CFL, again. However, Anderson did not want to follow that path and decided to fold the San Antonio Texans after the 1995 season, which ended the CFL's attempt to expand to the United States.

Malcolm Frank was the only remaining player from the team playing in the Canadian Football League when he played with the Edmonton Eskimos in 2006. He retired after that season.

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