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2013 Arizona Rattlers Highlights - ArenaBowl XXVI
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Arizona Rattlers vs Pittsburgh Power - Game Highlights
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2014 Arizona Rattlers End of Season Video
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AFL National Conference Final Arizona Rattlers vs Spokane Shock
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2013 Arizona Rattlers Highlights - Week One
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1997 Arizona Rattlers Championship Video
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Arizona Rattlers game introduction
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Arizona Rattlers ArenaBowl XXVII Trophy Presentation 8-23-14
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1994 Arizona Rattlers ArenaBowl VIII highlights
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Arizona Rattlers return home.
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2013 Arizona Rattlers Highlights - Week Five
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Arizona Rattlers vs Philadelphia Soul - Game Highlights
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2013 AFL Champs The Arizona Rattlers Intro
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2013 Arizona Rattlers Highlights - Week 10
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1997 Arizona Rattlers ArenaBowl XI highlights
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Arizona Rattlers Back 2 Back Special
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Arizona Rattlers Home Game Intro Video
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Your Arizona Rattlers in China!
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Arizona Rattlers Press Conference, Coach Guy & Mayor Greg Stanton, 8-21-13
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Arizona Rattlers vs San Jose SaberCats - Game Highlights
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Arizona Rattlers DB #24 Allen Chapman pick-six vs Portland Thunder
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Virgil Gray #4 DB/KR 2013 Arizona Rattlers
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Arizona Rattlers Head Coach Kevin Guy
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Peter Rabbit Halftime Performance at Arizona Rattlers
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Arizona Rattlers 2010 Season Highlights
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Arizona Rattlers Sidewinders Dancers 2013 Players Dance w/ Oscar Big O
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Arizona Rattlers
Current season
Established 1992
Play in in US Airways Center
in Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Rattlers logo
Logo
League/conference affiliations

Arena Football League (1992–present)

  • American Conference (1992–2008)
  • National Conference (2010–present)
    • West (1992–present)
Team colors

Black, Copper, Teal, White

                   
Mascot Fang and Stryker
Personnel
Owner(s) Ron Shurts
President Joe Windham
General manager Kevin Guy
Head coach Kevin Guy
Team history
  • Arizona Rattlers (1992–present)
Team nicknames
Snakes
Championships

League championships (5)

Conference championships (4)
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Prior to 2005, the AFL did not have conference championship games

Division championships (9)

Playoff appearances (19)
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Home arena(s)

The Arizona Rattlers are a professional arena football team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are currently members of the Western Division of the National Conference in the Arena Football League (AFL) and the defending ArenaBowl champions. The Rattlers were founded in 1992 as an expansion team, and are the third oldest active franchise in the AFL. They play their home games at US Airways Center. The Rattlers are led by Head Coach Kevin Guy. Since the team's establishment in 1992, the Rattlers have won nine division titles and have played in nine ArenaBowl Championship games, winning championships in 1994, 1997, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

History[edit]

Founding and White Era (1991-2004)[edit]

In 1987, it was speculated that the Phoenix, Arizona area would be a target for the newly formed Arena Football League (AFL).[1]

On September 11, 1991, it was announced that Jerry Colangelo had been awarded an expansion franchise in the AFL in Phoenix.[2] Colangelo, owner of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, first approached Frank Kush to coach his team, but Kush declined the invitation.[3] In October 1991, the team announced that former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Danny White would be the franchise's first head coach.[4] In December 1991, the team announced that they would named the Arizona Rattlers after more than 250 people suggested that the team's nickname should be the Rattlers, while 55% of their responders picked "Arizona" over "Phoenix".[5]

In 1992, the Rattlers began their first two games on the road, and won their home debut in front of a 15,505 sell-out crowd at America West Arena by a score of 56-31 over the Sacramento Attack.[6]

In 1994, the Rattlers captured their first ArenaBowl championship, with a 36-31 victory over the Orlando Predators.[7]

In December 1999, Gene Nudo, White and Will Meris pursued the purchase of the Rattlers from Colangelo.[8]

Kevin Guy Era (2008-present)[edit]

On May 12, 2011, Ron Shurts became the new majority owner of the Rattlers franchise.[9]

In 2011, the Rattlers won 16 games in the regular season, a league-record for wins in a single regular season. In the playoffs, by winning the National Conference championship, they clinched a berth in ArenaBowl XXIV. They lost the game to the Jacksonville Sharks when Jacksonville quarterback Aaron Garcia threw a game-winning touchdown pass on the game's final play. The Rattlers redeemed themselves the following season, winning ArenaBowl XXV over the Philadelphia Soul to win their first title in 15 years.[10]

In 2013, the Rattlers and Soul met again in ArenaBowl XXVI, with the Rattlers winning yet again, 48-39. This made them the first team since 1995 to win back-to-back championships, and the first team in history to beat the same team for both titles.[11][12]

In 2014, the Rattlers went 15-3 in the regular season after a 14-game winning streak to start the season, and defeated the Cleveland Gladiators in ArenaBowl XXVII by a score of 72-32, becoming the first team in AFL history to win three consecutive AFL championships since the Detroit Drive of 1988-1990, as well as establishing the largest margin of victory (40 points) in an ArenaBowl.[13]

Notable players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Arizona Rattlers roster
Quarterbacks

Fullbacks

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Kickers

League Suspended

Unsigned free agents

Rookies in italics
Roster updated October 24, 2014
35 Active, 20 Inactive

More rosters

Retired uniform numbers[edit]

Arizona Rattlers retired numbers
Player Position Seasons Date Retired Ref.
13 Sherdrick Bonner QB 1993-2007 June 16, 2010 [14]
14 Hunkie Cooper WR/LB 1993-2005 May 6, 2005 [15]
17 Randy Gatewood WR/DB 1996-2007 May 9, 2008 [16]

Arena Football League Hall of Famers[edit]

Arizona Rattlers Hall of Famers
No. Name Year Inducted Position(s) Years w/ Rattlers
13 Sherdrick Bonner 2012 QB 1993–2007
14 Hunkie Cooper 2011 WR/LB 1993–2005
17 Randy Gatewood 2012 WR/DB 1996–2007
44 Bob McMillen 2013 FB/LB 1995–2000
-- Gene Nudo 2011 Executive/Head Coach 1993–2007
-- Danny White 2002 Head Coach 1994–2002

Individual awards[edit]

Arizona Rattlers All-Arena players[edit]

The following Rattlers players have been named to All-Arena Teams:

Arizona Rattlers All-Ironman players[edit]

The following Rattlers players have been named to All-Ironman Teams:

Arizona Rattlers All-Rookie players[edit]

The following Rattlers players have been named to All-Rookie Teams:

Notable coaches[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2014 Arena Football League season.

Name Term Regular Season Playoffs Awards
W L T Win% W L
Danny White 19922004 121 55 0 .688 20 10 1993 Coach of the Year
Todd Shell 2005 7 9 0 .438 0 0
Gene Nudo 20062007 12 20 0 .375 1 1
Kevin Guy 2008–present 77 27 0 .740 11 3 2011 Coach of the Year

Staff[edit]

Arizona Rattlers staff
Front Office
  • CEO/Majority Owner – Ron Shurts
  • Director of Team Operations – J. T. Thompson
  • Quality Control – Todd Conner
  • Sidewinders Dancers Director – Angie Baker
 

Head Coach

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

Team ownership[edit]

The Arizona Rattlers introduced Ron Shurts as the team’s new majority owner on May 12, 2011.[9]

"I have been an Arizona Rattlers season ticket holder since day one and attended the first Arizona Rattlers game at America West Arena. I believe in the team and the Arena Football League," said Shurts. "I want to bring the passion and excitement for Rattlers football back to US Airways Center and the Valley."

"Downtown Phoenix continues to grow and the Rattlers will be an integral part of the affordable, family-fun entertainment that the Suns and the Mercury are providing the local community," Shurts added.

Season-by-season[edit]

Media[edit]

Cox7 in Arizona serves as the primary broadcast partner of the Arizona Rattlers.[17] Rattlers games can be seen by Cox cable television subscribers in Central and Southern Arizona, which include the Phoenix and Tucson metro area markets. Games are also available online on Cox7.com. The broadcast team includes Dale Hellestrae, Kevin Ray, Chris Harris and Lindsey Smith.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phoenix may get indoor team". Mohave Daily Miner. July 24, 1987. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Arena expansion planned". The Daily Gazette. October 2, 1991. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kush says no to new Phoenix team". The News. September 13, 1991. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Cowboy White new Arena coach". Spokane Chronicle. October 11, 1991. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Arena football team settles on 'Rattlers'". The Prescott Courier. December 8, 1991. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Mel Relsner (June 17, 1992). "51-36? Doesn't seem like 'real' football". Kingman Daily Miner. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Tim Hipps (September 3, 1994). "Rattlers bite Predators at ArenaBowl". The News-Journal. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Danny White interetsed in purchasing Arizona Rattlers". The Daily Courier. December 17, 1999. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Williams, Cory. "Arena Football: Arizona Rattlers Find New Majority Owner, Ron Shurts". SB Nation Arizona. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Game Statistics". www.arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Arizona Rattlers Repeat as ArenaBowl Champions". www.arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. August 17, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ Joe Williams (August 17, 2013). "ArenaBowl XXVI: Rattlers win 2nd Arena Football League title in row". www.orlandosentinel.com. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.arenafootball.com/sports/arenabowl/spec-rel/082414aaa.html
  14. ^ "Arizona Rattlers To Retire Shedrick Bonner's Jersey". www.boxscorenews.com. Stryker-Indigo. June 12, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ Darren Urban (May 6, 2005). "Rattlers to honor former star at halftime ceremony". www.eastvalleytribune.com. East Valley Tribune. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Rattlers To Retire Randy Gatewood's Number 17". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. April 29, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Rattlers Ink Deal with Cox7 Arizona". http://www.arenafootball.com/. February 21, 2013. Retrieved May 18, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Cox7.com". Cox7.com. Retrieved May 15, 2014. 

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