Tanner Varner

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Tanner Varner
Free agent
Position: Jack linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1984-07-13) July 13, 1984 (age 34)
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Ottumwa (IA)
College: Northern Iowa
Undrafted: 2006
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career Arena statistics
Tackles: 394.5
Sacks: 2.0
Interceptions: 25
Forced Fumbles: 7
Total Touchdowns: 9
Player stats at ArenaFan.com

Tanner Varner (born July 13, 1984) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He first enrolled at Ellsworth Community College before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa. Varner has been a member of the Arkansas Twisters, Grand Rapids Rampage, Iowa Barnstormers, Philadelphia Soul, Omaha Nighthawks, Kansas City Command, San Jose SaberCats, Orlando Predators, Las Vegas Outlaws and Qingdao Clipper.

Early years

Varner played high school football at Ottumwa High School in Ottumwa, Iowa.[1]

College career

Varner first played college football for the Ellsworth Community College Panthers from 2002 to 2003.[2]

Varner transferred to play for the Northern Iowa Panthers of the University of Northern Iowa from 2004 to 2005. He recorded 85.5 tackles and three interceptions his senior year, earning first team All-American and All Gateway Conference honors while being named the Panthers’s most valuable defensive player.[3] He was also named the Defensive MVP of the 2005 Division I-AA National Championship game.[4]

Professional career

Arkansas Twisters

Varner played for the Arkansas Twisters of the AF2 in 2007.[5] He finished third on the team with 83.5 tackles, recorded nine interceptions, returning one for a touchdown and earning second team All-Conference honors.[6]

Grand Rapids Rampage

Varner signed with the Grand Rapids Rampage on October 30, 2007. He was released by the Rampage on February 23, 2008.[7]

Iowa Barnstormers

Varner played for the Iowa Barnstormers from 2008 to 2010. The Barnstorms were members of the Af2 from 2008 to 2009, before returning to the Arena Football League in 2010. He posted 91 tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2008.[8] He recorded 119.5 tackles, 19 pass breakups, eight interceptions and two forced fumbles in 2009, earning Second Team All-American Conference honors.[9][8] Varner set an AFL rookie record for tackles in a season with 129.5 total tackles in 2010, earning First Team All-Arena honors. He also ranked fourth in the league with eight interceptions in 2010, returning two for touchdowns.[5]

Philadelphia Soul

Varner was signed by the Philadelphia Soul on December 21, 2010.[10] He recorded 45 total tackles, intercepted five passes, forced a fumble and returned two interceptions for touchdowns in seven games with the Soul in 2011.[11]

Omaha Nighthawks

Varner spent the 2011 UFL season with the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.[12]

Kansas City Command

Varner was traded to the Kansas City Command on March 14, 2012.[13]

San Jose Sabercats

Varner was traded to the San Jose Sabercats on March 20, 2012.[14] He recorded 63 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions in 12 games for Sabercats in 2012.[4]

Orlando Predators

Varner signed with the Orlando Predators on July 10, 2013.[15] He earned First Team All-Arena honors after recording 68 tackles and five interceptions in 18 games with the Predators in 2014.[4]

Las Vegas Outlaws

Varner was selected by the Las Vegas Outlaws with the first pick of the 2014 Expansion Draft.[16] He became a free agent after the 2015 season.

Qingdao Clipper

Varner was selected by the Qingdao Clipper in the tenth round of the 2016 CAFL Draft.[17] He was named to the CAFL Dream Team in 2016.[18]


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  2. ^ "ELLSWORTH CC GETS PRE-SEASON #18 RANKING". jcfootball.scout.com. July 25, 2003. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "SaberCats Acquire Defensive Back Tanner Varner". arenafootball.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Tanner Varner". arenafootball.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Sharks Assigned Tanner Varner". arenafootball.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  6. ^ "Twister Signs Up With Grand Rapids Arena Football Team". arkansasbusiness.com. October 31, 2007. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Philadelphia Soul Sign All-Arena Tanner Varner". arenafootball.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  9. ^ "J.T. Smith named SFC Assisant [sic] Coach of the Year". arenafan.com. August 12, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  11. ^ "SaberCats Acquire Defensive Back Tanner Varner". oursportscentral.com. March 21, 2012. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  12. ^ "UFL Transactions 8-31-11". oursportscentral.com. August 31, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  13. ^ "Kansas City Command". arenafan.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  14. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  15. ^ "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  16. ^ Capper, Tim (December 22, 2014). "Las Vegas Outlaws Expansion Draft Results". arenafan.com. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  17. ^ "CAFL DRAFT RESULTS – SEE IT AGAIN – FULL RESULTS HERE". caflfootball.com. June 11, 2016. Archived from the original on October 17, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  18. ^ "CAFL Fan's Dream Team 2016". caflfootball.com. November 4, 2016. Archived from the original on November 7, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016.

External links

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