Mesa, AZ February 9, 2012 – The Arizona Rattlers announce the assignment of CLIFF DUKES, Linebacker and Defensive End, for the 2012 Season. This came about late last night as part of a trade with the Kansas City Command…also involved in the trade is JC Neal.
Dukes (6-3, 280, Michigan State) most recently played with the Tampa Bay Storm, where he was named the League’s Game Tape Exchange Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading the League and setting a Storm franchise record with 16.0 tackles for loss last season.
An All-Arena selection in 2010 and 2011, Dukes has collected a league-high 21.5 sacks over the past two seasons, including 12.5 last year. He earned Defensive Player of the Week honors twice in 2011, once for his four-sack performance against the New Orleans VooDoo in Week 1, and again in Week 11 against the Spokane Shock after recording three tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and a blocked kick. Dukes has played his entire AFL career in Tampa Bay
Dukes graduated from Michigan State University, where he started in 35 games with the Spartans, and collected 15.5 sacks.
He also spent time on the NFL rosters of the St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions as well as the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL.
“We are very excited to have Cliff as an Arizona Rattler” says GM/Head Coach Kevin Guy. “I believe the trade with the Kansas City Command was a win/win situation for both teams. His explosive style of play is the perfect fit for our defense. He brings a lot a versatility to our pass rush. When an opportunity to acquire a player like Cliff is presented to you, you don’t pass it up.”
About the Arizona Rattlers
The Arizona Rattlers are a proud member of the Arena Football League, which is in its 25th season with 17 franchises from coast to coast. The Rattlers next home game is March 17, 2012, when they take on the Milwaukee Mustangs in the US Airways Center.
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