by Nic Ryder

The Cedar Rapids River Kings have signed Eric Banford to its 2019 roster. 

Banford (6’2", 275) is an arena football veteran, having played four seasons of indoor football returning to the Indoor Football League. Last season he started one and played in five games for the NAL’s Maine Mammoths, recording 7.5 total tackles. He also played for the CIF’s Amarillo Venom, starting in two games and recording ten tackles and four sacks in just those two games. 

In 2017 Banford played for the CIF’s Duke City Gladiators. While in Albuquerque Banford played in seven games, earning 21 tackles (7.5 for loss), one forced fumble and recovery, and one blocked kick. 

In 2015 he split time between Green Bay Blizzard and the Billings Wolves. Between his two teams he totaled 15 tackles, five sacks, three blocked kicks, two forced fumbles and one recovery. He also had an interception and earned Week 8 Player of the Week Honorable Mention. 

Banford played his college ball first at Foothill College where he was a two-time All-NORCAL Conference member, recording 92 tackles (26.5 for loss) and 18.5 sacks in his two seasons there. He then transferred to Western Carolina, playing in every game and starting every contest his senior year. While a junior he recorded 25 tackles, and as a senior he had 28 and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown. 

Banford is a native of Newark, California, and went to Newark Memorial High School. 

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The Cedar Rapids River Kings (formerly the Titans) will take the field for their eighth season of operations in 2019 and their first under the new ownership of Roy Choi and Matt Stone with General Manager Ryan Eucker at the helm. Cedar Rapids joined the IFL as an expansion team in the 2012 season. They play their home games at the U.S. Cellular Center and have made four playoff appearances (2013-16) with two trips to the conference championship game (2013, 2014). Tickets and Partnerships are available for the 2019 season. For more information visit You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@goriverkings).


The Indoor Football League (IFL) will begin its eleventh season of play in the spring of 2019 and is led by Commissioner Mike Allshouse. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. It’s member teams are located from Phoenix, Arizona to Green Bay Wisconsin. For more information about all things IFL, visit or call the league office at 804-643-7277.