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Three-Team Deal Brings Veteran Leadership to Los Angeles

Aaron Garcia playing for the Jacksonville Sharks
courtesy of LA KISS Football

LA KISS today announced that they have traded quarterback J.J. Raterink and acquired 21-year veteran quarterback Aaron Garcia to become the new leader of an offensive line that has had no real leader for the last few weeks, as the team has continued to fall week in and week out. Garcia, comes to KISS, with a very nice resume on the field including 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 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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