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Arizona Rattlers
750px-Arizona Rattlers- Primary Logo
Arizona Rattlers logo with script
League: Arena Football League
Conference Western
Founded 1992
Arena US Airways Center
Division Titles 6: (AFL: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2011)
ArenaBowl titles 3 (AFL Champions: 1994, 1997, 2012)
City Phoenix, Arizona
Owner Ron Shurts
Team President Joe Windham
Head Coach Kevin Guy
Dancers Sidewinders
Mascot Fang and Stryker
Team colors Black, Copper, Teal

The Arizona Rattlers are an arena football team in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rattlers are currently members of the Western Division of the National Conference in the Arena Football League (AFL). The Rattlers were originally founded in 1992 as an expansion team. They play their home games at US Airways Center. The Rattlers, as of the 2013 season, were led by arena football Hall of Fame Head Coach Kevin Guy.

HistoryEdit

The Arizona Rattlers are part of the Arena Football League (AFL) and compete in the Western Division of the National Conference. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers have won six division titles and have played in five ArenaBowl Championship games, winning championships in 1994 and 1997.

In early years, the Rattlers played their home games at America West Arena, which they shared with the Phoenix Suns. The arena was renamed US Airways Center in 2005 and the Rattlers continue to play their home games there and share the arena with the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury. They conduct practices at Gene Autry Park in Mesa, Arizona.

The coaching staff includes Head Coach Kevin Guy, Assistant Head Coach Kani Kauahi, Defensive Coordinator Omarr Smith and Wide Receivers Coach Siaha Burley.

The Rattlers current roster includes members of the National Football League such as San Francisco 49ers placekicker Fabrizio Scaccia and Cleveland Browns WR Rod Windsor.

The Rattlers remain one of the AFL’s leading franchises with the third longest tenure in one city followed only by the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators.

Previous head coaches include Gene Nudo, Todd Shell and former Dallas Cowboys and Arizona State University quarterback, and punter, Danny White, who led the Rattlers to their ArenaBowl championships and was named 1993 AFL Coach of the Year.

Notable former Arizona Rattlers players include former Arizona Cardinal quarterback Sherdrick Bonner, former San Diego Chargers defensive specialist Cecille Doggette, former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Randy Gatewood, former New Orleans Saints lineman Mark Tucker and former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Horn.

On May 12, 2011, Ron Shurts became the new majority owner of the Rattlers franchise.[1]

Team logosEdit

Season By SeasonEdit

Year W L Playoffs
Arizona Rattlers
2006 11 5 Won Wild Card Playoffs (Iowa) 73-63
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Los Angeles) 53-36
2007 0 0

NotesEdit

  1. Williams, Cory. Arena Football: Arizona Rattlers Find New Majority Owner, Ron Shurts. SB Nation Arizona. Retrieved on 2 May 2011.

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