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Arizona Rattlers
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Arizona Rattlers logo with script
League: Arena Football League (AFL) (1992-2016)
Indoor Football League (IFL) (2017-present)
Conference Western
Founded 1992
Home arena(s)
  • Phoenix Suns Arena (1992–2019, 2021–present)
  • Gila River Arena (ArenaBowl XXIX 2016, 2019 IFL playoffs, and home games in 2020)
Division Titles 9: (AFL: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Championships AFL:5 (1994, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2014)
IFL: 1 (2017)
City Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Owner Ron Shurts
Team President Joe Windham
Head Coach/General Manager Kevin Guy
Dancers Sidewinders
Mascot Fang and Stryker
Team colors Black, Copper, Teal, White

The Arizona Rattlers are an arena football team in Phoenix, Arizona. They are currently members of the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers were founded in 1992 as an expansion team in the Arena Football League and were the third oldest active franchise in the AFL until their departure in 2016. They play their home games at Phoenix Suns Arena in downtown Phoenix, but have occasionally played at Gila River Arena in neighboring Glendale when their primary home has been unavailable. The Rattlers, as of the 2013 season, were led by arena football Hall of Fame head coach Kevin Guy.


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. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers have won ten division titles and have played in nine ArenaBowl Championship games, winning championships in 1994, 1997, 2012, 2013, 2014. The Rattlers also won the 2017 United Bowl in their first season in the IFL.

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]

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Season By Season[]

ArenaBowl/United Bowl Champions ArenaBowl/United Bowl appearance Division champions Playoff berth
Season League Conference Division Regular season Postseason results
Finish Wins Losses
Arizona Rattlers
1992 AFL Western 3rd 4 6
1993 AFL American 2nd 7 5 Won Quarterfinal (Charlotte) 56–49
Lost Semifinal (Detroit) 34–38
1994 AFL American 2nd 8 4 Won Quarterfinal (Charlotte) 52–24
Won Semifinal (Albany) 40–33
Won ArenaBowl VIII (Orlando) 36–31
1995 AFL American Western 2nd 7 5 Lost Quarterfinal (Iowa) 52–56
1996 AFL American Western 1st 11 3 Won Quarterfinal (Orlando) 65–48
Lost Semifinal (Tampa Bay) 54–55
1997 AFL American Western 1st 12 2 Won Quarterfinal (Milwaukee) 46–29
Won Semifinal (Tampa Bay) 49–46 (OT)
Won ArenaBowl XI (Iowa) 55–33
1998 AFL American Western 1st 10 4 Won Quarterfinal (Houston) 50–36
Lost Semifinal (Orlando) 33–38
1999 AFL American Western 1st 10 4 Won Quarterfinal (Nashville) 34–30
Lost Semifinal (Albany) 47–73
2000 AFL American Western 2nd 12 2 Won Wild Card (Buffalo) 41–34
Won Quarterfinal (Albany) 53–50
Lost Semifinal (Orlando) 44–56
2001 AFL American Western 2nd 8 6 Won Wild Card (Detroit) 52–44
Lost Quarterfinal (San Jose) 49–68
2002 AFL American Western 2nd 11 3 Won Quarterfinal (Carolina) 61–59
Won Semifinal (Chicago) 46–35
Lost ArenaBowl XVI (San Jose) 14–52
2003 AFL American Western 3rd 10 6 Won Wild Card (Las Vegas) 69–26
Won Quarterfinal (Los Angeles) 70–63
Won Semifinal (San Jose) 66–49
Lost ArenaBowl XVII (Tampa Bay) 29–43
2004 AFL American Western 1st 11 5 Won Quarterfinal (Los Angeles) 59–42
Won Semifinal (Colorado) 45–41
Lost ArenaBowl XVIII (San Jose) 62–69
2005 AFL American Western 4th 7 9
2006 AFL American Western 2nd 8 8 Won Wild Card (Utah) 57–34
Lost Quarterfinal (San Jose) 48–62
2007 AFL American Western 4th 4 12
2008 AFL American Western 2nd 8 8 Lost Wild Card (Grand Rapids) 41–48
2009 The AFL suspended operations for the 2009 season.[2]
2010 AFL National West 2nd 10 6 Lost Conference Semifinal (Spokane) 49–57
2011 AFL National West 1st 16 2 Won Conference Semifinal (Spokane) 62–33
Won Conference Championship (Chicago) 54–48
Lost ArenaBowl XXIV (Jacksonville) 70–73
2012 AFL National West 1st 13 5 Won Conference Semifinal (San Jose) 51–48
Won Conference Championship (Utah) 75–69
Won ArenaBowl XXV (Philadelphia) 72–54
2013 AFL National West 1st 15 3 Won Conference Semifinal (San Jose) 59–49
Won Conference Championship (Spokane) 65–57
Won ArenaBowl XXVI (Philadelphia) 48–39
2014 AFL National West 1st 15 3 Won Conference Semifinal (Portland) 52–48
Won Conference Championship (San Jose) 72–56
Won ArenaBowl XXVII (Cleveland) 72–32
2015 AFL National West 1st 14 4 Won Conference Semifinal (Spokane) 72–41
Lost Conference Championship (San Jose) 67–70
2016 AFL National 1st 13 3 Won Conference Semifinals (Portland) 84–40
Won Conference Championship (Cleveland) 82–41
Lost ArenaBowl XXIX (Philadelphia) 42–56
2017 IFL Intense 1st 12 4 Won Conference Championship (Nebraska) 62–36
Won 2017 United Bowl (Sioux Falls) 50–41
2018 IFL 2nd 11 3 Lost Semifinal (Sioux Falls) 68–69 OT
2019 IFL 1st 14 0 Won Semifinal (Nebraska) 62–45
Lost 2019 United Bowl (Sioux Falls) 53–56
2020 IFL Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
Total 281 125 Regular season
38 18 Postseason
319 143 Regular season and postseason


  1. Williams, Cory. Arena Football: Arizona Rattlers Find New Majority Owner, Ron Shurts. SB Nation Arizona. Retrieved on 2 May 2011.
  2. AFL suspends 2009 season. Arena Football League. Archived from the original on April 20, 2009. Retrieved on November 18, 2009.


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