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SHARKS ADD TWO NEW PLAYERS
09/26/2011 5:00 PM
The Jacksonville Sharks announce defensive back Joe Burnett and defensive lineman Arthur Thomas have been added to the 2012 roster on Monday, September 26, 2011. Both players join the Sharks for their rookie seasons in the Arena Football League.
Joe Burnett (5'10, 185 lbs) joins the Jacksonville Sharks for his rookie season. A Florida native, Burnett was a fifth-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers after his record-breaking career as a four-year starter at the University of Central Florida. As a defensive back and return man for the Knights, Burnett was named a first-team All-American as a senior in 2008 and helped UCF to its first two bowl berths as well as the school's first ever conference championship. He earned a total of eight career All-Conference honors, including a four-year sweep of the first-team punt returner award, and was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior. He holds both a UCF and Conference USA record for punt return yards as well as setting the UCF record with 16 career interceptions. Burnett also set UCF career records for most punt returns (96) and the most interception return yards (262) while tying the mark for most punt return touchdowns (3).
Burnett was a fifth-round draft pick (168 overall pick) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. Burnett is the third Shark to have been drafted by the Steelers, joining quarterback Omar Jacobs and wideout Dallas Baker. Burnett also signed a contract with the New York Giants in 2010.
Arthur Thomas (6'3, 317) was a four-year starter at Arkansas Pine Bluff. A two-sport athlete, Thomas accelled as both a football player and a track and field athlete at the shotput and hammer throw events. As a four-year starter on the defensive line, Thomas saw action in 42 games for the Golden Lions. .Thomas becomes the second player on the 2012 roster from Arkansas Pine Bluff, joining offensive lineman Jason Thomas.
Eskimos add former NFL DB Joe Burnett
Canadian Football League
October 7, 2011
Edmonton – The Edmonton Eskimos have signed free agent defensive back Joe Burnett to a practice roster agreement, the club announced today.
A fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL Draft, Burnett played in 15 games, recording 17 tackles
(12 solo) in 2009. Joe also spent time on the practice roster of the New York Giants in 2010 and most recently played with the AFL’s Jacksonville Sharks.
Burnett set numerous records during his collegiate career at the University of Central Florida. As a senior in 2008, Burnett was named a first-team All-American and the All-Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year.
Burnett tops the Central Florida all-time list in several categories: punt returns (96), interception return yards (262), and shares the mark for most punt return touchdowns (3). In 49 career games (46 starts), Burnett amassed 221 career tackles, 16 interceptions, 35 breakups, three punt return TDs and two kick return TDs.
Joe Burnett #22
Defensive Back (Import)
Born: November 28, 1986 – Eustis, Florida
Acquired: Signed as a free agent October 7, 2011
Eskimos sign DB
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The Edmonton Eskimos have signed import defensive back Joe Burnett to a practice roster agreement.
Burnett is a fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. He played 15 games that year recording 17 defensive tackles.
Burnett played college ball at the University of Central Florida where he set records for punt returns, punt return touchdowns, and interception return yards.