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AFL's All-Time Passing Leader Retires

Thursday September 25, 2014

 CHICAGO – Arena Football’s all-time passing leader has decided to call it a career. After 19 seasons in the game, LA KISS quarterback Aaron Garcia officially retired on Thursday.

Garcia (6-1, 195, Sacramento State) finished his Hall of Fame career holding every major AFL passing record with 62,180 passing yards and 1,336 touchdowns on 5,009 completions and 7,778 attempts. He played in 10 different uniforms during his time in the League, beginning with the Arizona Rattlers in 1995 and ending with the KISS in 2014.

A three-time All-Arena selection and two-time Offensive Player of the Year, Garcia’s finest moment came at ArenaBowl XXIV in 2011, when he guided the Jacksonville Sharks to a 73-70 victory over Arizona with a 10-yard touchdown pass as time expired. He leaves the game as the only quarterback in pro football history to toss more than 1,000 touchdown passes and threw 100 or more touchdown passes in five different AFL seasons.

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