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Quarterback Dalton Sneed’s football journey has led the Arizona native back home, where he is vying for an IFL Title with the Arizona Rattlers.

PHOENIX — There’s nothing like home sweet home, right?

“To be able to be back home, playing in front of my parents,” Arizona Rattlers Quarterback, Dalton Sneed said. “It’s been awesome, it’s been surreal.”

Yet the journey to this point wasn’t always easy for the Arizona native. In fact, it gave Sneed quite an arduous football journey. Sneed played for Horizon High School before graduating and playing football for UNLV. After a short stint with the Rebels, Sneed transferred to Fort Scott Community College for a year to get on the playing field.

Due to his success, the University of Montana recruited the quarterback to play for their program reuniting with the offensive coordinators who previously coached for UNLV.

“I was one of the first guys they went after,” Sneed said. “So it was perfect timing looking for a new school, they picked me up and we flourished up there and it was great going full circle going back to them.”

After Sneed’s collegiate career came to a close he attempted to play professionally, only to have his dreams halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A short tenure with the CFL didn’t go as planned so Sneed looked to the Indoor Football League (IFL) instead. He played for three different teams before eventually getting recruited by the Rattlers in need of a quarterback.

The one constant for Sneed throughout his up-and-down journey was the belief in himself and to continually pursue his dreams of playing football.

“It’s when I really gambled on myself,” Sneed said. “I believed in my heart and knew I was a quarterback, so that’s why I transferred to that junior college and was able to get paired with Montana and a coaching staff that believed in me, which eventually led me back here.”

Sneed is having a productive year for the Rattlers with an 8-4 record to go along with 31 touchdowns to just five interceptions. And with that, the signal-caller is optimistic he can lead the Rattlers to another IFL Title this summer.

“I think it’s focusing on taking it one game at a time,” Sneed said. “We have to continue to play great in all three phases to eventually get to our goal that pinnacle of winning a championship.”

All the while, his parents and family can be spotted in the stands cheering him on like they’ve done, ever since Dalton could remember.

“I remember putting the helmet on for the first time when I was 5-years-old,” Sneed said. “I could count on one hand how many games my parents have missed, I mean they are the greatest parents in the world. I can always look over to the sidelines and see my parents for me, I am so grateful.”

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The city of Phoenix is home to four major professional sports league teams; The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, NBA’s Phoenix Suns, WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Cardinals have made State Farm Stadium in Glendale their home turf and the Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix is home to both the Suns and the Mercury. The Indoor Football League’s Arizona Rattlers play at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale.

Phoenix also has a soccer team with the USL’s Phoenix Rising FC, who play at Phoenix Rising FC Stadium in Phoenix.

The Valley hosts multiple major sporting events every year, including college football’s Fiesta Bowl and Guaranteed Rate Bowl; the PGA Tour’s highest-attended event, the WM Phoenix Open; NASCAR events each spring and fall, including Championship Weekend in November; and Cactus League Spring Training for 15 Major League Baseball franchises.



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