Quarterback Alex Carder has bounced around several arena football leagues, including spending time with the Iowa Barnstormers, Jacksonville Sharks and Portland Thunder, when all three teams were in the Arena Football League.
He also was the backup quarterback for JJ Raterink for the Guangzhou Power in the China Arena Football League in 2016. Before all that, however, he was lighting it up at Western Michigan University.
Carder joined the Broncos in 2009 as a backup quarterback. He became the starter in 2010 and started over the next three seasons, he threw for almost 9,000 yards and 74 touchdowns. That was with him missing time his senior season with a hand injury.
He remains eighth all-time in total offense in the FBS in total offense per game (335.2 yards/game). He also set a MAC and Western Michigan record with seven touchdown passes in a game against Toldeo on Nov. 8, 2011. Unfortunately, it would not be enough, as the Broncos fell to Toldeo, 66-63.
Following his release from the Detroit Lions, Ottawa Redblacks and several arena football teams, Carder signed with the Western Michigan Ironmen of the American Indoor Football [at the time] in 2016. In 2017, he threw for 1,845 yards and 30 touchdowns. His stats were good enough to earn him First Team All-Northern Conference Honors in Champions Indoor Football (CIF).
After the Ironmen were blocked from joining the Indoor Football League (IFL) by the CIF, they joined the four-team Midwest Indoor Professional Football (MPIF) League. They finished with an undefeated season and a title in the league. Carder was also named league MVP.
He’s come a long way from bouncing around the Arena Football League in just a 13 month span. With four new teams rumored to join the Arena Football League for the 2019 season, perhaps Carder will land an opportunity to start in the league and show everyone what he is really made of.