The Cleveland Gladiators have added a familiar local name. Defensive back Rayshaun Kizer a native of Euclid Ohio and a five-time All-Arena star on the defensive side of the ball. Kizer, 31 is entering his eight season in the Arena Football League.
Kizer most recently played for the Los Angeles KISS the last two seasons. There, he totaled up 84 tackles, which put him over 500 for his entire career, he has also forced 62 interceptions and has taken 11 of them back for touchdows.
Kizer played his college ball at nearby Walsh University, where he also played defensive back. Kizer pulled down 14 interceptions, good enough for third all time at Walsh. In his senior season he was named first team All-American.
In all, Kizer has played for a total of four AFL teams. He even played in the China Arena Football League this past fall. Kizer was a member of the Qingdao Clipper who made it to the first ever China Bowl, setting him up to go head to head with the Beijing Lions and Cleveland Gladiators own wide receiver Collin Taylor.
The game came down to the final play with Beijing winning on a last second field goal. Kizer has also played in the Canadian Football League and in 2007 he was on the NFL’s New York Jets practice squad. He was also a member of the Green Bay Blizzard in 2009, the final season they were part of the Arena Football family, playing in af2.