Kellem, Conner, and Medical Staff Honored by the AFL

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arena Football League (AFL) announced that the Arizona Rattlers have been honored with three awards.  This announcement came at the League’s annual awards banquet.

Rattlers defensive back Jeremy Kellem earned the Go RVing Defensive Back of the Year award, which had already been announced earlier this week.

“I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing me with the award,” Kellem said upon receiving the award.  “I want to thank Ron Shurts, Coach Kevin Guy, all my teammates and the entire Arizona Rattlers organization.  I could not have done it without them.”

Rattlers quality control and equipment manager Todd Conner earned the Equipment Manager of the Year award.  Todd Conner has been with the Arizona Rattlers for six seasons as the head of quality control, and the last two season as the equipment manager.

“First I’d like to thank the Arena Football League for this honor,” said Conner.  “Thanks to Arizona Rattlers owner Ron Shurts for providing me with everything I’ve needed to be successful in our equipment department. Thank you to Coach Kevin Guy for believing in me when I didn’t necessarily believe in myself. Thanks to the Rattler Assistant Coaches and Players who make me want to come to work every day, you’re all a class act. Thanks to all the other equipment managers in this league that I’ve worked with, you guys all bust your butts every day for your teams.”

The Rattlers sports medicine staff, which is led by head athletic trainer Sean McMannes, team physician Dr. Sheldon Martin, and general medical physician Dr. Roger McCoy earned the Sports Medicine Program of the Year award.  Arizona’s staff has been on the forefront of sports medicine, and has set a new benchmark in the league for medical care.

“I am proud to accept this honor, and very fortunate to have an owner like Ron Shurts, who makes sure that we are provided everything we need,” McMannes said. “I am also grateful for the strong leadership provided by our general manager and head coach Kevin Guy.”

Listed below are the Arizona Rattlers sports medicine staff and partners:

Sean McMannes Head Athletic Trainer
Dr. Sheldon Martin Team Physician
Dr. Roger McCoy Sports Medicine Physician
Dr. Jason Lake Foot and Ankle Specialist
Dr. Michael Domer Orthopedic Surgeon
Dr. Gregory P. Sanders Cardiac Specialist
Dr. Mark J Leber Hand Specialist
Dr. Radi Rahimi Team Chriopractor
Tim Spooner, PT, FAFS & Spooner Physical Therapy Arizona Rattlers Official Rehabilitation Provider
OrthoArizona Arizona Orthopedic Associates in Chandler, AZ
SimonMed Imaging Arizona Rattlers Imaging Partner
Oasis Hospital Valley’s Premier Orthopedic and Spine Hospital


About the Arizona Rattlers

The Arizona Rattlers have won three straight ArenaBowl championship games and are proud members of the Arena Football League (AFL). ArenaBowl XXVII marked the team’s ninth appearance in the Championship game, winning in 2014, 2013, 2012, 1997 and 1994. For tickets, call 602-514-TDTD (8383), or visit

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