Hundreds of Crusader fans welcomed the NCAA Division III National Champions home Saturday afternoon.
Charter buses pulled up to the Cummins Field House around 2 p.m. and were immediately surrounded by a sea of University Mary Hardin-Baylor purple and gold.
Chants, cheering and confetti filled the air as the players walked through a tunnel of high fives and hugs.
Head Coach Fredenburg said lifting the trophy over head coming off the bus was something he dreamed of.
"We have tried to embrace every minute of it, make sure we enjoyed the ride, even as hectic as it was. Stop and just take a deep breath and know where we are at and where we want to be, and then go and do the job at hand. And it was just so rewarding," Coach Fredenburg added.
Blake Jackson, the quarterback of the UMHB Crusaders, said the reality of being a national champion has yet to hit him.
"Man, it just, it made me appreciate this university so much more. The fans, the students, the faculty, everybody that is a part of this university and this Cru community is amazing. And it's just a true blessing," Jackson added.
News Channel 25 congratulates the UMHB Crusaders on their first national championship.
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