(Arizona Rattlers press release)
Kizer (5-10, 195, Walsh) spent the last three seasons with the Philadelphia Soul after beginning his AFL career with the Orlando Predators in 2010. In five years in the League, Kizer has collected 435.5 tackles, 114 pass breakups, and 57 interceptions – the third-highest interception total in AFL history.
An All-Arena selection in four of his five AFL seasons, Kizer came to the AFL as a rookie in 2010 and learned under the tutelage of future Arena Football Hall of Famer Kenny McEntyre with the Orlando Predators. He led the League in interceptions with 12 as a rookie in 2010 and set the AFL record for picks in a season with 16 in 2011. He joined the Philadelphia Soul in 2012, collecting 81 tackles and 11 interceptions in his first season with the team. He added 82 tackles and nine interceptions with the Soul in 2013 and led the team with 101.5 tackles, nine interceptions, and a career-high 35 pass breakups in 2014. Kizer also set the AFL record for interceptions in a single playoff game, picking off Cleveland Gladiators All-Arena quarterback Shane Austin four times in the AFL Quarterfinals.
Kizer’s Arena Football career began in 2009 as a member of the Green Bay Blizzard in the af2. Playing in 17 games for the Blizzard, he recorded 65 tackles, four interceptions, 15 pass break-ups, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. He was awarded Defensive Player of the Week in the American Conference championship game after sealing the victory with a game-ending interception.
In addition to his time in Arena Football, Kizer has also been a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2011) and Montreal Alouettes (2008) of the Canadian Football League, and was a member of the New York Jets (2007) as an undrafted free agent, playing in three of four preseason games for the team.
Prior to turning pro, Kizer was a three-year starter at Walsh University (2003-06) and ranks No. 3 on the Cavaliers’ all-time interceptions list with 14. Five of those 14 interceptions were returned for touchdowns, with one of them breaking the school’s record for longest interception return for a touchdown (104 yards). He was named First Team All-American as well as First Team All-Conference during his senior season, leading the team with five interceptions and returning three for touchdowns. During Kizer’s junior season, he was named Second Team All-Conference, while his sophomore season saw him earn First Team All-Conference honors intercepting six passes returning two for touchdowns.
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