|League||Ultimate Indoor Football League (2012–2014)
X-League Indoor Football (2015)
American Indoor Football (2016)
Arena Pro Football (2017)
|Team history||Florida Tarpons (2012–present)|
|Based in||Estero, Florida|
|Arena||Germain Arena (2012–present)|
|Colors||Royal Blue, Red, Sea Blue, Grey, Orange White
|Owner(s)||Florida Tarpons Group|
|Head coach||Michael Taylor|
|General manager||Michael Taylor|
|Conference titles||(1) UIFL South (2012)|
UIFL (2012, 2013, 2014)
|Mascot||Timmy the Tarpon|
The Florida Tarpons are a professional indoor football team based in Estero, Florida, and is currently a member of the Arena Pro Football. They began play in 2012 as an expansion team of the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL). The Tarpons joined the X-League Indoor Football (X-League) during the 2015 season when the UIFL merged with the X-League.
The Tarpons are Estero's second indoor football team; their first since arenafootball2's Florida Firecats which played from 2001 until the af2's demise in 2009. In addition, they are the fourth indoor football team in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area, with them and the Firecats joining the unrelated Fort Myers Tarpons which played in the National Indoor Football League's final season of 2007 and the Florida Stingrays which played the 2008 American Indoor Football Association season. (Both teams played at the Lee County Civic Center). The founders of the Tarpons are Andrew & Leah Haines and Michael & Anna Taylor. The Tarpons play their home games at Germain Arena.
In July 2011, the Tarpons were announced as an expansion team for the 2012 UIFL season. On July 6, 2011, the Tarpons named, UIFL Co-Founder, Michael Taylor, as the team's inaugural head coach. The Tarpons went undefeated during the regular season, and advanced to Ultimate Bowl II after defeating the Lakeland Raiders in the UIFL South Finals. The Tarpons lost Ultimate Bowl II to the Cincinnati Commandos. Four players from the Tarpons 2012 roster were invited/signed to NFL Rookie Mini Camps: DL Joshua Long, WR Dwayne Frampton, DB Willie Williams, and DB E.J. Whitley. WR Carlos Singleton signed with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League after the Tarpons season ended.
2016: Move to the AIF
2017: Arena Pro Football
On October 20, 2016, the Tarpons were added to the Arena Developmental League (ADL) for the league's inaugural 2017 season. However, on November 10, the Tarpons announced they had joined the new Arena Pro Football (APF) instead and the ADL was soon renamed National Arena League upon the addition of the Jacksonville Sharks.
The Tarpons would play their first APF game against the Alabama Outlawz, also formerly of the X-League. The Tarpons won 42–18.
Players of note
Florida Tarpons roster
Refuse to Report
Rookies in italics
Awards and honors
The following is a list of all Tarpons players who have won league awards:
|2012||Terrance Jones||Defensive Back||UIFL South Defensive Player of the Year|
|2012||Ross Gornall||Kicker||UIFL South Special Teams Player of the Year|
|2012||Chris Wallace||Quarterback||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Carlos Singleton||Wide Receiver||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Donald Fusilier||Wide Receiver||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||James Barker||Offensive Lineman||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Greg Walls||Offensive Lineman||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Josh Long||Defensive Lineman||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Darrell Roseman||Defensive Lineman||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Harriel Moore||Linebacker||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Tavares Woodley||Linebacker||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Terrance Jones||Defensive Back||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Ross Gornall||Kicker||1st Team All-UIFL North|
|2012||Sean Callahan||Offensive Lineman||Honorable Mention All-UIFL North|
|2012||E.J. Whitley||Defensive Back||Honorable Mention All-UIFL North|
|2012||Steven Turner||All-Purpose||Honorable Mention All-UIFL North|
|2015||Javarous Faulk||Defensive Lineman||X-Bowl MVP|
Coaches of note
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2017 Arena Pro Football season
|Michael Taylor||2012–present||38||9||0||.809||4||4||UIFL South Coach of the Year (2012)|
|Florida Tarpons staff|
Statistics and records
Note: The Finish, Wins, Losses, and Ties columns list regular season results and exclude any postseason play.
|League Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||Wild Card Berth||League Leader|
|Season||Team||League||Conference||Division||Regular season||Postseason Results|
|2012||2012||UIFL||South||1st||11||0||Won UIFL South Finals (Raiders) 60–29
Lost Ultimate Bowl II (Commandos) 44–61
|2013||2013||UIFL||1st||5||1||Won Ultimate Bowl III (Fury) 40–32|
|2014||2014||UIFL||2nd||4||4||Lost Ultimate Bowl IV (Fury) 23–60|
|2015||2015||X-League||1st||6||2||Won X-Bowl II (Marine Raiders) 65–23|
|2016||2016||AIF||Southern||2nd||7||1||0||Won Southern Semifinal (Steam) 71–20
Lost Southern Championship (Lions) 66-79
|2017||2017||APF||2nd||5||1||0||Lost Championship (Roughriders) 61–75|
|Totals||38||9||0||All-time regular season record (2012–2017)|
|4||4||—||All-time postseason record (2012–2017)|
|42||13||0||All-time regular season and postseason record (2012–2017)|
* Season currently in progress
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