By Omar Ureña
Chicago, IL., December 26, 2021.
In November 2021 Antonio Andrews was introduced as the new member of the Cabo Marlins, the leader of this ship, Sigfrido Muñoz, described his arrival as the future of the Marlin Mania. The Marlins had their 2022 kickoff weekend with a roster of 42 local players, plus the space to host 15 foreign players. College football talent from Mexico is merging with NFL talent. The Marlins are fishing for local and international playmakers, so buckle up because we’re actually going to the bottom of the sea like a mighty submarine. Ocean titan Antonio Andrews is in Cabo and he’s just a happy guy on the beach who dreams big. He can’t wait to drive and dig into the sea.
“A beautiful city deserves a beautiful team to go with it.”
Somehow being on the road after the NFL took him to paradise. Actually, Zack Mettenmutrg, a former quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, brought him on board. Antonio still doesn’t know who the Pumas, the Burros Blancos or the Borregos are. All he knows is that he wants to be part of a historic moment for professional football in Cabo thanks to his buddy Zack, they became friends after playing for the Titans in 2014 and 2015. Mettenberger was a wild tiger at LSU and was selected in the sixth round by the Titans in the 2014 NFL draft. Andrews was a savage train, ranking in the top 36 running backs in the nation when he played for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. In his senior year, Antonio rushed 1,730 yards on 267 carries. He had 3,674 rushing yards playing college football.
When it was the 2015 hurricane season in Cabo, the Titans faced the Colts and Andrews went all the way and scored his first NFL touchdown. Seven years later, fans in Cabo will see this mind-blowing RB go all the way to lead the Marlins to the sea of victories. Andrews led the Titans submarine driving it for 520 yards on 143 carries and got three touchdowns. He started 10 of the 34 games he played before becoming a free agent after the 2016 season. The competition was in its prime, he was the third running back behind DeMarco Murray and the amazing rookie Derrick Henry from Alabama.
Andrews decided to start a new life in Mexico after being a non-faculty football coach at Hillsboro High School. He has faced adversity, this guy is not just a football player, he is a soul that has sacrificed his entire life for football. He has become a true coach and has impacted kids in a positive way, showing them how to be leaders. Antonio Andrews was a true leader at Griffin High School. He embraces football, knows the game and has shown that he is a great teacher. Now that the Marlins have contact with kids at youth football clubs in the area, the talented RB will definitely help to improve these programs in La Paz and Cabo San Lucas.
The Marlins believe in recruiting, developing talent, and teaching football to kids. There were leaders who began to organize football in Cabo like legendary Guerreros Aztecas lineman, Pepé “Bear” Romero, and his Blue Wave. Today, coach César Martínez sees fertile soil for football in South Baja California. He is familiar with the area as he recruited student athletes from La Paz to join the Borregos forces from Mexico City when he was head coach. Local players have been awarded with scholarships to play at different universities in the country. In the past, “Bear” Romero even sent two players to the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver. There’s also Robin González who was CONADEIP National Champion with the UDLAP Aztecas and Lalo Vásquez, a ferocious linebacker for the Toluca Rams and the 2020 Cabo Marlins MVP. Both were under the wing of speed and strength coach Odin García García.
Antonio will not only be a playmaker, but a great team player. His resilience has him ready to be one of the leaders of the FAMYOX league which already has powerful players like former Alabama star, 2-time national champion and former NFL RB, Trent Richardson, with the Chihuahua Caudillos and Armand Shyne, former Utah and Texas Tech RB, now with the Querétaro Pioneros
For coach César Martínez, the goal is as clear as the Sea of Cortez, to be the national champions in the Futbol Americano México/Yox league and bring the Silver Bowl to Cabo San Lucas. The Marlins plan to bring in 4 more players from Division 1, or with some NFL practice squad experience. All franchises strive to have the best team. Sigfrido points out that the goal will not be easy and hopes are as high as the waves on San Pedrito beach. The Cabo Marlins open the 2022 season hosting the Monterrey Parrilleros at the Estadio Bicentenario on May 7, 2022.
“It represents an opportunity, taking risks. We are going to build a legacy, invest money, knowing that the value of human resources cannot be quantified.”
The Land’s End does not mean the end of a football career, for Antonio Andrews this journey is about to begin. Like going around the Arch, the sunset cruise takes us to unfold places, where the hope of touchdowns meets the Pacific side and dessert. He will be jumping, running and throwing the football, he probably will be one of the best players in the young history of pro football in Mexico.
Welcome Señor Antonio! This land welcomes you with a parade down Avenida Lázaro Cárdenas, passing in front of El Squid Roe, because this town is ready to grow, these young people are hungry to see professional football, tourists are thirsty for margaritas and the excitement at the Bicentenario Stadium, ladies and gentlemen, if you have not made your reservation for your trip to Cabo, you will miss a fun spectacle, you will miss a sunset at kickoff time watching the former stars of the NFL getting ready to battle with the Pacific Ocean as a background.
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