Aaron Garcia (American football)

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Aaron Garcia
No. 8     Los Angeles KISS
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1970-10-28) October 28, 1970 (age 43)
Place of birth: Sacramento, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Sacramento (CA) Grant Union
College: Sacramento State
Undrafted in 1994
Debuted in 1995 for the Arizona Rattlers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena football statistics as of 2014
Comp. / Att. 4,963 / 7,794
Passing yards 62,159
TD-INT 1,336-229
Rushing TDs 46
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Aaron Garcia (born October 20, 1970) is an American arena football quarterback for the Los Angeles KISS of the Arena Football League (AFL). He played college football at Sacramento State. He was originally signed by the Arizona Rattlers.

In his career, Garcia has also played for the Connecticut Coyotes, New Jersey Red Dogs, Iowa Barnstormers, New York Dragons, Jacksonville Sharks, San Antonio Talons and the San Jose SaberCats.

Garcia holds two current professional arena football records with 56,878 passing yards and 1,284 total touchdowns (1,237 pass, 46 rush, 1 fumble).

High school career[edit]

Garcia attended Grant Union High School where he played high school football, and basketball with his father as coach, where he broke John Elway’s California state high school passing, yardage and touchdown records with a two-year prep total of 5,800 yards and 57 touchdown passes.

College career[edit]

He went to Washington State University in 1989, and started as a redshirt freshman, contributing 1,591 yards and 11 touchdown passes, leading the Pac-10 in passing efficiency that year. During that year, quarterbacking duties also were shared by junior Brad Gossen, who threw for 1,372 yards and nine touchdowns in an injury shortened season, prior to Garcia being named the starter. In 1990, a mid-season quarterback controversy erupted when second-year coach Mike Price benched veterans Gossen and Garcia in favor of true-freshman Drew Bledsoe.

After Bledsoe's emergence at Washington State in 1990, Garcia transferred to Sacramento State in Division I-AA and finished his college football career as the starter there, throwing for 1,798 yards and 13 touchdowns in his senior season.

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Rattlers[edit]

Following his college career, he turned to Arena Football. He played for the Arizona Rattlers in 1995.

Connecticut Coyotes[edit]

Garcia moved on to the Connecticut Coyotes in 1996.[1]

New Jersey Red Dogs[edit]

He would change teams again in 1997, playing for the New Jersey Red Dogs.

Iowa Barnstomers/New York Dragons[edit]

He played for the Red Dogs for a year and a half before joining the Iowa Barnstormers during the 1998 season. Garcia finally settled down in Iowa, and found his greatest success when the Barnstormers became the New York Dragons in 2001. In the 2001 season, Garcia threw a league record 104 touchdown passes, but this was passed by Clint Dolezel in 2006.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Garcia briefly left the AFL in 2002, when he was signed by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. He was released in the summer, and returned to the Dragons, who finished 3-11 that year.

Return to the Dragons[edit]

On February 26, 2006, Garcia suffered a fractured tibia and fibula, ending his season. He was replaced by Juston Wood and later Nick Browder. At the time of the injury, Garcia had thrown more touchdown passes than any pro quarterback, however, Andy Kelly and Clint Dolezel moved ahead of Garcia while he was injured.

On June 2, 2007, Garcia became the fourth quarterback in AFL history to throw 800 touchdowns, joining Dolezel, Sherdrick Bonner, and Kelly.

In 2008, Garcia led the Dragons to the playoffs despite finishing the season with an 8-8 record. In the first round playoff game, Garcia and the Dragons defeated a heavily favored Dallas Desperados team who finished the year at 12-4. Garcia and Dolezel squared off at quarterback against each other, and Garcia out dueled Dolezel throwing nine touchdown passes to Dolezel's seven. The following week, New York lost on the final play of the game to the Philadelphia Soul, who would go on to win ArenaBowl XXII.

Jacksonville Sharks[edit]

The Arena Football League suspended operations in 2009. On January 21, 2010, Garcia signed with the expansion Jacksonville Sharks when the Arena Football League reformed in 2010. On May 1, 2010, Garcia threw his 900th touchdown pass to Sale' Key in a 62-60 win over the Tulsa Talons. On June 5, 2010, Garcia became the all-time leader in passing touchdowns in Arena Football history, with 932 touchdown passes thrown.[2] On April 30, 2011, Garcia connected with Jeron Harvey for his 1,000th career touchdown pass. Jacksonville Sharks went on to beat in-state rival Orlando Predators 76-55.[3] On July 22, 2011, Garcia became the first AFL quarterback to cross the 50,000th yard milestone in a 75-56 victory over the Spokane Shock.[4] On August 12, 2011, with two seconds remaining in the 4th quarter, Garcia threw the winning touchdown pass as time expired in ArenaBowl XXIV to win his first Arena Bowl title for the Jacksonville Sharks.

San Antonio Talons[edit]

On September 27, 2011, Garcia was officially announced as the first player to sign with the relocated San Antonio Talons franchise.[5] On March 29, 2012, Garcia was strip sacked on the six yard line but was able to recover the ball and go into the end zone for a fumble recovery score in a 47-34 road victory over the Orlando Predators.[6] Garica lead the Talons to a 14-4 record, and a Central Division Championship.[7] With the top seed in the National Conference, the Talons were upset 35-34 by the Utah Blaze after Garcia was sacked on 4th and goal with 2:50 remaining in the game.[8] After the 2012 season, the Talons offered a contract to Garcia,[9] but Garcia decided to sign elsewhere.

San Jose SaberCats[edit]

On November 8, 2012, Garcia signed with the San Jose Sabercats.[10] On April 22, 2013, after a slow start to the 2013 season (98 for 159, 24 TD's and 13 INT's) the SaberCats announced that they have been assigned former Chicago Rush quarterback Russ Michna on a two-year contract. The SaberCats then placed Garcia on recallable reassignment to make room on the 24-man roster.

Orlando Predators[edit]

On April 25, 2013, Garica was traded, along with Devin Clark, to the Orlando Predators in exchange for Amarri Jackson.[11]

Return to Jacksonville[edit]

On February 8, 2014, Garcia was traded back to Jacksonville for Bernard Morris, Matt Marcorelle and Trevis Turner. Garcia started one game for the Sharks, while refusing to report for most of the season.

Los Angeles KISS[edit]

On May 12, 2014, Garcia was traded to the Los Angeles KISS for J. J. Raterink.[12]

Career stats[edit]

Passing Rushing
Year Team Comp ATT  % YDS TD INT Rate ATT YDS TD
1995 Arizona Rattlers 175 284 61.6 2,416 43 8 115.0 15 44 0
1996 Connecticut Coyotes 136 271 50.2 1,779 31 4 93.7 12 17 3
1997 New Jersey Red Dogs 76 138 55.1 950 16 7 84.5 14 19 2
1998 New Jersey Red Dogs 91 140 65.0 1,158 18 5 108.0 19 94 8
1998 Iowa Barnstormers 200 343 58.3 2,457 43 9 100.9 20 23 7
1999 Iowa Barnstormers 283 468 60.5 3,815 68 15 109.4 53 115 15
2000 Iowa Barnstormers 270 466 57.9 4,026 92 8 118.8 13 18 0
2001 New York Dragons 368 529 69.6 4,515 104 16 122.6 9 32 2
2002 New York Dragons 112 188 59.6 1,390 29 9 101.2 11 34 0
2003 New York Dragons 329 513 64.1 4,279 100 10 121.7 11 33 1
2004 New York Dragons 279 459 60.8 3,797 91 13 115.0 14 13 4
2005 New York Dragons 345 516 66.7 4,112 90 13 120.1 8 -11 0
2006 New York Dragons 121 157 77.1 1,417 32 4 132.9 5 12 0
2007 New York Dragons 149 227 65.6 1,724 46 4 120.7 0 0 0
2008 New York Dragons 336 500 67.2 3,533 78 9 119.0 7 6 2
2010 Jacksonville Sharks 312 486 64.2 3,718 82 16 113.3 9 -29 1
2011 Jacksonville Sharks 402 562 71.5 4,933 116 17 125.2 4 24 1
2012 San Antonio Talons 405 610 66.4 4,985 118 16 120.1 10 8 0
2013 San Jose SaberCats 98 159 61.6 1,154 24 13 87.4 0 0 0
2013 Orlando Predators 148 243 60.1 1,839 40 6 105.6 2 -1 0
Career 4,544 7,100 64.0 56,878 1,237 197 116.8 236 451 46

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dom Amore (June 1, 1996). "Coyotes' Garcia Won't Give Up On NFL Dream". www.articles.courant.com. Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ Sharks QB Aaron Garcia sets arena football touchdown record in 64-56 victory at Chicago
  3. ^ "Jacksonville Beats Orlando, 76-55". www.arenafootball.com. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Sharks Triumph Over Shock, 75-56". www.arenafootball.com. 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ Eric R. Ivie (September 30, 2011). "San Antonio Talons sign Aaron Garcia, Robert Quiroga". www.sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "AFL Box Score: San Antonio Talons @ Orlando Predators (Mar 29, 2012)". ArenaFan.com. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  7. ^ David Flores (July 23, 2012). "Top-seeded Talons open AFL playoffs at home against Utah on Friday night". www.kens5.com. KENS 5-TV, Inc. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ David Flores (July 27, 2012). "Talons' first season in S.A. ends with 35-34 loss to Blaze in playoff opener". www.kens5.com. KENS 5-TV, Inc. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Talons offer deal to QB Garcia". www.mysanantonio.com. Hearst Communications Inc. October 30, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Jimmy Durkin (March 28, 2013). "SaberCats' home opener a homecoming for Aaron Garcia". www.mercurynews.com. MediaNews Group. Retrieved March 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ "San Jose SaberCats trade away veteran quarterback Aaron Garcia". www.mercurynews.com. MediaNews Group. April 25, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ "LA KISS Adds Arena Football League's All-Time Passing Leader". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 12, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 

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