Rattlers Welcome Back Cliff Dukes

Dukes helped the Rattlers to an ArenaBowl championship in 2012.

Feb. 27, 2013

Arizona Rattlers Press Release

MESA, Ariz. - The Arizona Rattlers have announced today that they have been assigned defensive lineman Cliff Dukes on a two-year contract.

Dukes (6-4, 295, Michigan State) played in 13 games for the Rattlers last season recording 20.5 tackles and six sacks.

"Cliff played a big part in us winning the championship last year. He was exactly what we needed on the defensive line," said Rattlers General Manager and Head Coach Kevin Guy. "He brought a physical toughness to our football team."

Dukes was traded to the Rattlers from Kansas City in February of 2012.

Dukes was named the League’s Game Tape Exchange Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2011 after leading the AFL and setting a Storm franchise record with 16 tackles for loss and recording 12.5 sacks. An All-Arena selection in 2010 and 2011, Dukes collected a League-high 21.5 sacks during those two seasons. He earned Defensive Player of the Week honors twice in 2011.

Prior to joining the Storm in 2008, Dukes spent time on the NFL rosters of the St. Louis Rams, New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions.