|2017 Arizona Rattlers season|
|Head coach||Kevin Guy|
|General manager||Kevin Guy|
|Home field||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
|Playoff finish||Won Intense Conference Championship 36–62 (Danger)|
Won 2017 United Bowl 50–41 (Storm)
The 2017 Arizona Rattlers season was the twenty-fifth season for the professional indoor football franchise and first in the Indoor Football League (IFL). The Rattlers were one of ten teams that competed in the IFL for the 2017 season, the Rattlers were members of the Intense Conference.
Led by head coach Kevin Guy, the Rattlers played their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
|2017 Arizona Rattlers staff|
Key: Win Tie Loss Bye
All start times are local time
|1||Friday||February 17||7:05pm||at Sioux Falls Storm||L 29–40||0–1||Denny Sanford Premier Center||8,963|
|2||Sunday||February 26||4:00 PM||Iowa Barnstormers||L 47–51||0–2||Talking Stick Resort Arena||11,438|
|4||Saturday||March 11||6:00 PM||Colorado Crush||W 71–27||1–2||Talking Stick Resort Arena||14,962|
|6||Sunday||March 26||3:05 PM||at Green Bay Blizzard||W 30–29||2–2||Resch Center|
|7||Saturday||April 1||6:00 PM||Wichita Falls Nighthawks||L 53–60||2–3||Talking Stick Resort Arena||10,879|
|8||Friday||April 7||7:05 PM||at Nebraska Danger||W 39–36||3–3||Eihusen Arena|
|9||Friday||April 14||7:00 PM||at Salt Lake Screaming Eagles||W 73–60||4–3||Maverik Center||3,785|
|10||Saturday||April 22||7:00 PM||Spokane Empire||L 51–60||4–4||Talking Stick Resort Arena||12,275|
|11||Saturday||April 29||7:05 PM||Green Bay Blizzard||W 64–29||5–4||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
|12||Friday||May 5||6:05 PM||at Cedar Rapids Titans||W 34–32||6–4||U.S. Cellular Center||2,612|
|13||Friday||May 12||7:00 PM||at Spokane Empire||W 49–35||7–4||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|
|14||Saturday||May 20||7:00 PM||Salt Lake Screaming Eagles||W 63–33||8-4||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
|15||Sunday||May 28||4:00 PM||Nebraska Danger||W 43–33||9–4||Talking Stick Resort Arena||11,384|
|16||Saturday||June 3||7:00 PM||at Spokane Empire||W 33–16||10–4||Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena|
|17||Sunday||June 11||3:00 PM||Cedar Rapids Titans||W 56–25||11–4||Talking Stick Resort Arena||13,251|
|18||Friday||June 16||6:00 PM||at Colorado Crush||W 47–44 (OT)||12–4||Budweiser Events Center|
|2017 Intense Conference|
|y - Arizona Rattlers||12||4||0||.750||782||610||8–1||—||W8|
|x - Nebraska Danger||9||7||0||.563||717||660||5–2||3.0||W1|
|Salt Lake Screaming Eagles||5||11||0||.313||675||762||4–8||7.0||W1|
|United Conference Championship||Saturday||June 24||7:05pm||Nebraska Danger||W 62–36||1–0||Talking Stick Resort Arena|
|2017 United Bowl||Saturday||July 8||7:05pm||at Sioux Falls Storm||W 50–41||2–0||Denny Sanford Premier Center|
|2017 Arizona Rattlers roster|
Rookies in italics
The Arizona Rattlers are a professional indoor American football team based in Glendale, 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 Gila River Arena while their former primary home, Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix undergoes renovations. The Rattlers are led by head coach Kevin Guy. 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.
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is a professional indoor American football league created in 2008 out of the merger between the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football. It has one of the largest number of currently active teams among indoor football leagues. The league has operated continuously under the same name and corporate structure longer than any other current indoor football league. IFL players earn US$250 per game played. The season is typically 14 games long, plus playoffs of two or more rounds.
Nick Davila is an arena football quarterback who is currently a free agent. A three-time AFL champion, and three-time MVP, he also played for the Arizona Rattlers from 2010 to 2016. Davila is of Mexican American descent. He is nicknamed the "Latin Laser". In 2017, he was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach for the Rattlers of the Indoor Football League (IFL), who went on to win the 2017 United Bowl.
Darron Varnell Thomas is a professional American football quarterback who is a free agent. He was the starting quarterback for the University of Oregon football team that reached the 2011 BCS National Championship Game and won the 2012 Rose Bowl.
Diondre Michael Borel is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. After playing college football for Utah State University, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 2011. Borel was Utah State's starting quarterback from 2008 to 2010, finishing his collegiate career ranked second in school history with 6,698 passing yards and 8,096 yards total offense.
Lamar Mady is an American football center for the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). He was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football for Youngstown State.
Jamal Miles is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Miles played college football for Arizona State University. He was undrafted in the 2013 NFL Draft and signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Arkeith Lamonte Brown, Jr. is an American football defensive back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Texas A&M University and attended El Campo High School in El Campo, Texas. He has also been a member of the Green Bay Blizzard, Hartford Colonials and Baltimore Brigade.
Allen Chapman is an American football cornerback for the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts in 2013. He played college football at Kansas State.
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The 2017 United Bowl was the championship game of the 2017 Indoor Football League season. It was played between the Intense Conference Champion Arizona Rattlers and the United Conference Champion Sioux Falls Storm. The game was played at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Rattlers won the game by a score of 50–41.
The 2018 Arizona Rattlers season is the twenty-sixth season for the professional indoor football franchise and second in the Indoor Football League (IFL). Led by head coach Kevin Guy, the Rattlers play their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
The 2018 United Bowl was the championship game of the 2018 Indoor Football League season. It was played between the Sioux Falls Storm and the Iowa Barnstormers. The game was played at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.