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LA KISS adds Arena Football League's all-time leading passer

Monday May 12, 2014

 Three-Team Deal Brings Veteran Leadership to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 12, 2014 – LA KISS today announced the acquisition of 21-year veteran quarterback Aaron Garcia. Garcia, who in 2012 was named No. 3 on the league’s list of Top 25 Greatest Players, owns every major AFL career passing record. During his career, Garcia has amassed 4,381 completions, 7,546 attempts, 60,450 yards and 1,310 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 46 touchdowns.

In exchange for the record holder, LA sends quarterback J.J. Raterink, the No. 3 claim spot and future considerations to the Jacksonville Sharks. Jacksonville sends Raterink to the Iowa Barnstormers in exchange for defensive tackle James McClinton.

"Aaron brings an incredible pedigree and much-needed competitive spirit to LA KISS," says LA KISS Head Coach Bob McMillen. “He’s been able to do some amazing things in this league and we’re confident he will help us move ahead – both on and off the field."

A product of Northern California (Sacramento State), Garcia made his AFL debut in 1995 with the Arizona Rattlers. Since then, he has played with several winning franchises and earned numerous arena football accolades including three First Team All-Arena selections (2000, 2001, 2011), two AFL Offensive Player of the Year nods (2001, 2011) and an ArenaBowl MVP award for his winning performance in 2011’s ArenaBowl XXIV.

Garcia will join the LA KISS (2-6) this weekend as they face-off against the Pittsburgh Power (5-3), Saturday, May 17, 2014. The game kicks off at 3PM (PDT) and will be broadcast nationally via the CBS Sports Network.

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LA KISS is the newest expansion team in the Arena Football League (AFL), which is currently in its 27th season. The team is owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the legendary rock band, KISS, along with Brett Bouchy and Doc McGhee. The team, which plays its home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, has partnerships with both CBS Sports and ESPN and is broadcast on a regional and national scale. To learn more, please visit, or connect with the team via Facebook and Twitter.