Sherdrick Bonner

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Sherdrick Bonner
No. 13
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1968-10-19) October 19, 1968 (age 52)
Azusa, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Azusa (CA)
College: Cal State Northridge
Undrafted: 1991
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Career Arena statistics
Passing yards:42,246
QB rating:115.72
Player stats at  ·

Sherdrick Deon "Sed" Bonner (born October 19, 1968) is a former American football quarterback who played fifteen seasons in the Arena Football League (AFL).


High school years

Bonner attended Azusa High School in Azusa, California and was a student and a letterman in football, basketball, baseball and track & field.

College career

Bonner graduated from Cal State Northridge in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity. [1] While there, he started at quarterback and led the Matadors to the 1990 Western Football Conference co-championship and the program's only playoff appearance. He completed 319 of 637 passes for 3,533 yards and 18 touchdowns in 37 career games. He earned honorable mention All-Western Football Conference honors his senior year in 1991. Bonner also lettered in basketball, volleyball, and track and field. He played 23 games for the basketball team in the 1987-88 season, outside hitter for the men's volleyball team in the 1991 season, and took first place in the high jump three times. He was inducted into CSUN's Matador Hall of Fame on October 2, 1998.

Professional career

National Football League

In 1998, he was on the practice squad for the 1998 NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons. During the 1997 season, he was with the Arizona Cardinals and the San Diego Chargers. [2]

Arena Football League

On March 25, 2002, Bonner re-signed with the Rattlers. [3]

On Friday, April 7, 2006, he got his 100th career win as his Arizona Rattlers won over the newly formed Utah Blaze 64-52 on the road.

On Saturday, April 28, 2007, in a 67-45 road loss to the New York Dragons, Bonner joined Clint Dolezel and Andy Kelly as the only quarterbacks to throw 800 career touchdown passes. [4]

On Saturday, October 27, 2007, the Rattlers released Bonner after 14 seasons. He signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Rush on October 30, 2007. [5] However, he was released in September 2008, after just one season with the Rush.

Throughout his AFL career, Bonner completed 3,350 passes for 42,246 yards, and 855 touchdowns. He is also the winningest quarterback in league history, with 134 regular season victories and 21 playoff wins (as of April 2, 2007). He is widely considered one of the greatest players in AFL history.

Coaching career

Bonner began the 2011 AFL season as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Rush after playing for Chicago in 2008. He called the plays and worked with quarterback Russ Michna.

Broadcasting career

Bonner began his broadcasting career when he was approached by KAZT-TV in Phoenix to be an analyst for Thursday night high school football games. [6] After the Rush folded, he turned his attention to broadcasting serving as both color analyst and sideline reporter for AFL games on CBS Sports Network in 2013 and later ESPN starting in 2014. Bonner also calls college football games for the Mountain West Conference on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, where he received a regional Emmy Award in 2015.

Hall of Fame

Bonner is a 2012 inductee into the Arena Football League's Hall of Fame.

He was inducted into the Cal State Northridge Matadors Hall of Fame in 1998. [7]


Bonner is currently married with two children. He also runs a business where he coaches aspiring quarterbacks. [6]

Career statistics

1993 Arizona 2540.0260057.08240
1994 Arizona 20836357.32,685461298.5618273
1995 Arizona 549060.057411395.323101
1996 Arizona 28646261.93,6906513110.408-40
1997 Arizona 24140060.23,331676120.321413
1998 Arizona 29545165.43,571708121.0011125
2000 Arizona 26947356.93,454727111.7912-113
2001 Arizona 19329765.02,505467120.287-131
2002 Arizona 27043961.53,219698115.599104
2003 Arizona 28943167.13,696897126.519101
2004 Arizona 34853664.93,850779115.0324149
2005 Arizona 18932059.12,3345110108.269-14
2006 Arizona 29550758.23,9918316109.8011221
2007 Arizona 31549863.34,0338313117.24971
2008 Chicago 9616060.01,287265112.16260

Stats from ArenaFan: [8]


  1. "Founders' Award" (PDF). The Emerald of Sigma Pi. Vol. 93 no. 2. Spring 2008. pp. 21–24.
  2. Sherdrick Bonner
  3. "Arena Football League Transactions". OurSports Central. March 25, 2002. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  4. ArenaFan Online : AFL Press Releases
  5. Sherdrick Bonner - — The Official Web site of the Arena Football League AFL
  6. 1 2 Bocanegra, Nick (September 16, 2020). "Matador Hall of Fame Spotlight: Sherdrick Bonner". California State University - Northridge.
  7. "CSUN Hall of Fame".
  8. "Sherdrick Bonner". Retrieved December 5, 2016.

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