San Jose SaberCats Players Never Received Championship Rings for Arena Bowl XXVIII
A GoFundMe page was started for former San Jose SaberCats OL Cornelius Dixon due to reports that he, as well as other players on the roster of the 2015 SaberCats did not receive their championship rings from Arena Bowl XXVIII.
The SaberCats ceased operations in November of 2015 due to “reasons unrelated to league operations” and were working to find long term owners. There have been no reports from the league office on the status of the SaberCats possibly returning.
Below is the summary as well as the link to the GoFundMe page for Dixon. Cornelius, 32, is currently on the Tampa Bay Storm.
The San Jose SaberCats were a professional Arena Football team based in San Jose, California. The SaberCats had been members of the Arena Football League since 1995; and until 2015, they belonged to the AFL’s National Conference.
San Jose Sabercats won ArenaBowl XXVIII against the Jacksonville Sharks, finishing the 2015 season with a combined 20–1 record and becoming the first team in league history to win twenty combined regular season and postseason games. Surprisingly, after the 2015 season, the AFL announced that the SaberCats were ceasing operations for non-football related reasons. The players of the Arena Bowl XXVIII never received championship rings, becoming the first team in league history to never receive rings for the accomplishment.
Dixon played a significant role in the SaberCats’ 2015 playoff run. The SaberCats would eventually advance to (and win) ArenaBowl XXVIII; with the win, Dixon became one of only a handful of players to win three consecutive AFL championships.
Cornelius Dixon (born April 7, 1984) is an American football offensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League (AFL). He played football at Marianna High School in Marianna, Florida; upon graduation, he enrolled at Missouri Valley College (where he continued playing football). While at MVC, Dixon was honored as a First Team All-Conference offensive lineman.
In December 2010, Dixon signed with the Kansas City Command of the Arena Football League. He saw plenty of playing time as a rookie; all told, Dixon played in thirty regular season games (of thirty-six total) during his two-year stint with the Command. However, the Command struggled both on the field and at the gate during Dixon’s time there. When the team folded in 2012, Dixon joined the defending AFL Champion Arizona Rattlers. His stint in Arizona, in many regards, mirrored his time in Kansas City; all told, Dixon again appeared in thirty regular season games over two seasons. The Rattlers, however, were in the midst of a dynasty when Dixon joined. In both of his seasons there (2013 and 2014, Arizona won the ArenaBowl.
In March 2015, Dixon was traded to the AFL’s New Orleans Voodoo. After appearing in twelve games for New Orleans, Dixon was again traded; this time, his destination was the San Jose SaberCats. Dixon played a significant role in the SaberCats’ 2015 playoff run. The SaberCats would eventually advance to (and win) ArenaBowl XXVIII; with the win, Dixon became one of only a handful of players to win three consecutive AFL championships.
On November 12, 2015 the league announced the SaberCats would be ceasing operations due to “reasons unrelated to League operations.” A statement from the league indicated that the AFL is working to secure new, long-term owners for the franchise.
On March 19, 2016, Dixon was assigned to the Los Angeles KISS. On June 15, 2016, Dixon was traded to the Tampa Bay Storm for claim order position. On June 21, 2016, the Storm activated Dixon.