Carolina Cobras Sign Former Sharks QB Jonathan Bane
NAL Champion Quarterback Comes to the Snake Pit
GREENSBORO, NC - A name that Cobra fans and National Arena League are very familiar with, former Jacksonville Shark and before that Maine Mammoths QB Jonathan Bane to the 2022 roster.
Jonathan Bane (6’3”, 205, Dakota Wesleyan (SD) He was a college football standout putting up some amazing numbers, throwing for 9,224 yards with 83 touchdowns in a star-studded career, including setting school records for most yards in a game (457), longest pass in a game (99 yards) and most passing yards in a season with 2,817.
Bane moved on to the Richmond Raiders of the PIFL in 2014and played for two seasons, in 2015 he was the PIFL Offensive player of the year after throwing for 2,759 yards and 55 TDs, he was also naturally First Team All PIFL, they also advanced to the Championship game.
In 2016, Bane was part of the Tampa Bay Storm of the AFL, making his starting debut against the Jacksonville Sharks. 2017 led him to the Bismarck Bucks of the CIF, where he played in 7 games before going on IR, but in those seven games Bane threw for over 1,300 yards, with 28 TDs and only 5 interceptions.
In late 2017, Bane was announced as the first player signed for the Maine Mammoths of the NAL. In the 2018 season with the Mammoths, he threw for 2,689 yards with 59 TDs and 18 INTs for what was considered the most dangerous team in the NAL at the end of the season. Bane also ran for four more TDs.
Then 2019 happened, after the Mammoths folded, Bane was signed by the Jacksonville Sharks where he had a big hand in the Sharks going 15-1 in the regular season, throwing for 1,844 yards and 39 TDs before being injured. He came in the playoff game against Columbus and led the Sharks to the Championship game against the Cobras.
In 2021, he was the QB for the Frisco Fighters of the IFL where in just nine games he threw for 1,188 yards, with 25 TDs and only 4 INTs, and returned to the Jacksonville Sharks for the final game of the NAL regular season, Bane led the Sharks in a 56-58 nailbiter against the Albany Empire, that night Bane threw 22 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns. In Bane's single 2021 game with the Sharks he out-threw NAL Champion quarterback Tommy Grady by 129 passing yards and two touchdowns.
We asked Bane about why he chose Carolina, he said “Throughout my six years of experience in the area game, I have been able to develop a really strong relationship with Coach Res. I admire his competitive spirit and relentless work ethic when it comes to winning football games. We have spoken on many occasions about us teaming up. When he presented me with the opportunity, it was a no brainer! With the addition of Coach James Fuller, who I have previously played multiple seasons with, in my opinion these are two of the best in the game and I have a lot of respect for both of them. We share a lot of the same qualities when it comes to competing and wanting to be the best. That, along with the strong coaching staff they have assembled, and strong ownership with Rob Storm. I was attracted to the commitment to winning and being a part of the winning traditions that have been established here with the Carolina Cobras, a first class organization from top to bottom.“ When asked about his message for Cobra Nation Bane said “Cobra Nation, I hope you are as excited as we are! I can’t wait to get to work with my teammates , and put out a product that y’all are very proud of! I promise we won’t be out prepared or out worked! I am looking forward to bringing another championship to Greensboro!”
General Manager/Head Coach Josh Resignalo had this to say about Bane, “Bane is a leader point blank. He is a competitor and wants to be the best and most importantly wants his team to be the best. We will have many more ballers like Bane being announced over the next few days and weeks. So stay tuned!”
Stay tuned to www.CarolinaCobras.com and all our social media as more player announcements are coming!
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