Arizona Rattlers: Third Receiver, Jason Geathers, Carries the Victory

Tyson AbaroaContributor IMay 31, 2011

Champion Hurricane now Arizona Rattler, Jason Geathers
Champion Hurricane now Arizona Rattler, Jason GeathersRick Stewart/Getty Images

The Arizona Rattlers easily defeated the Cleveland Gladiators in a victory that put the Rattlers at 9-2 on the season and four games out of reach from both the Utah Blaze and the San Jose Sabercats.

Out of the contest emerged an unlikely leader in Jason Geathers.

He has been a dependable wide receiver for the team throughout the season but has not been able to escape the shadows cast by Rod Windsor’s 1,186 yards and Trandon Harvey’s 1,038. Up until Saturday Geathers only had 470 yards and 10 touchdowns to his name.

Against the AC East’s best from Cleveland, Geathers tallied 111 yards, beating Harvey by 20 yards and Windsor by 23 yards. Geathers led the night for the Rattlers in touchdowns as well by pulling down four.

This year Geathers is on track for his second football championship. According to his bio on his first championship was earned as a receiver/tailback on the 2001 University of Miami Hurricanes NCAA Championship team.

After a few seasons touring the NFL and CFL, Geathers has made his name in both the AFL and AFL2. Geathers is in his fifth year as an arena veteran. Geathers is a two-edged sword and though he has mainly been seen on offense and special teams this season; he can also threaten opponents on defense as well.

With the Rattlers posturing for the postseason and possibly a championship, Geathers is the man that can trip up the best defenses that can cover Windsor and Harvey.

They'll likely forget the third receiver on the field; that's when Geathers can shine.