Friday Flashback: Magner put up huge numbers in college, AFL

November 20, 2020

Cole Magner

Arguably the greatest wide receiver from Alaska, Cole Magner of Palmer parlayed his time at Bowling Green State University into a professional career in the Arena Football League.

He also signed with the Atlanta Falcons but never played in the NFL. Nevertheless, his impact was undeniable.

Nicknamed ‘Sunshine’ because of his blonde, long locks, Magner was also known for burning defensive backs.

He played for Bowling Green from 2001 to 2004 and scored 27 touchdowns – 20 receiving, five passing, two rushing. He made 215 receptions and amassed 2,828 total yards for his college career.

In 2001, he scored the game-winning two-point conversion on a reserve in a 43-42 victory over Northwestern.

In 2003, he finished No. 2 in the NCAA with 99 receptions. That same season he posted 13-168-1 totals against Ohio State.

The 6-foot-2 Magner, of Colony High fame, also played basketball for Bowling Green.

In the Arena Football League he hauled in 15 touchdowns in two seasons.

In 2007, he caught a touchdown pass in the Arena Bowl with the Columbus Destroyers. In 2008, he tied a franchise record with 13 receptions with the Grand Rapid Rampage.

Friday Flashback is an ongoing series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.