Position Player Height Weight DOB College
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED
OL/DL Jason Thomas 6'3 320 9/12/1989 Arkansas Pine Bluff
all of our free agents news will be posted here
we lost the greatest QB EVER IN THE AFL but hopefully we can still repeat
SHARKS RETURN TWO STARTERS FOR 2012
09/22/2011 5:26 PM
The Jacksonville Sharks announce the return of two 2011 ArenaBowl XXIV Champions to the 2012 roster. Kicker Marco Capozzoli and defensive back LaRoche Jackson are the first two players assigned to the Sharks for the 2012 season on Thursday, September 22, 2011.
Marco Capozzoli (6'1, 210 lbs, Montclair St) returns to the Sharks for his second season in Jacksonville, third season in the Arena Football League. Capozzoli currently holds seven franchise records and finished as a finalist for 2011 AFL Kicker of the Year. In ArenaBowl XXIV, Capozzoli not only contributed to the championship with his leg, he notched a solo tackle and a fumble recovery.
"It's an honor to be par to of such an amazing organization," said Capozzoli about returning to the Sharks. "The coaching staff, medical staff, overall staff and - most importantly - the fans are the absolute best in the league and I wouldn't want to play anywhere else." Capozzoli added, "I did not have the year I had hoped for in 2011 and cannot wait to prove myself to the doubters and continue to please our fans and help bring a second championship home to Jacksonville."
LaRoche "LJ" Jackson (5'11, 195 lbs, Clark Atlanta) returns for his sophomore season in the Arena Football League after a tremendous rookie year. Jackson led the franchise in 2011 with 119 total tackles, a franchise record. Jackson totaled nearly 100 solo tackles while intercepting six passes and breaking up 13 others. Jackson also holds the franchise record for tackles in a single game with 11.
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Position Player Height Weight DOB College
HAVE BEEN ASSIGNED
OL/DL Jason Thomas 6'3 320 9/12/1989 Arkansas Pine Bluff
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.
SHARKS ADD TWO ROOKIES TO ROSTER
09/27/2011 7:00 PM
The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announce linebacker Frank Padilla and wide receiver Oliver Young have been added to the 2012 roster.
Frank Padilla (6'1, 240 lbs) will play his rookie season in the Arena Football League with the Sharks in 2012. Padilla joins the Sharks after a senior season for the New Mexico State Aggies. In that season, he registered 49 total tackles and a forced fumble. Padilla also saw playing time as an underclassman at the College of Sequoias where he was an All-Conference linebacker.
"I'm so blessed to join such a tremendous organization," said Padilla about joining the Sharks. "The team has only been around for two years, but already has a reputation for being the best and I want to continue the tradition. I am so very happy that I can be a part of this team and cannot wait to bring another championship to Jacksonville."
Oliver Young (6'2, 200 lbs) will also see action as a rookie in the Arena Football League in 2012. Young played in 45 games at South Carolina State, starting the final two seasons. He ranks as the Bulldogs' all-time leader with 134 receptions and 2,149 receiving yards while averaging 24.9 yards on 26 kickoff returns and 12.0 yards on 28 punt returns. As a senior, Young was listed on the first-team All-Conference team after setting a single-season school record with 995 yards on 65 catches and nine touchdowns. He also added a kickoff return for a touchdown with his 548 kick return yards on the season. Following his standout collegiate career, Young was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers in 2010.
well we got a qb
SHARKS INK FORMER GATOR QUARTERBACK
09/28/2011 12:30 PM
JACKSONVILLE, Fla - The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announce former Florida Gator quarterback Chris Leak has been added to the 2012 roster on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
Chris Leak (6’0, 210 lbs) returns to the Sunshine State for his rookie season in the Arena Football League with the Jacksonville Sharks. Leak was a four-year starter at quarterback for the University of Florida, winning a national championship as a senior. During his storied college career, Leak completed over 61 percent of his passes for over 11,200 yards and 88 touchdowns, also added 13 rushing touchdowns. Leak was named MVP of the BCS National Championship game in a 41-14 rout of Ohio State when he connected on 25 of 36 passes for over 200 yards and a touchdown to former Shark Dallas Baker.
“I am blessed and excited to be a part of an organization that’s committed to excellence and winning championships,” stated Sharks quarterback Chris Leak. “This is a great opportunity to be home and closer to my family. I look forward to playing in Jacksonville with support of greatest fans in the AFL.”
“I am very excited to add Chris to our Sharks family,” said Sharks’ Head Coach Les Moss He was a player I originally targeted before our first season, but was under contract in Canada and could not join us. Chris has never played the indoor game, but his accuracy and skill sets are what attracted him to us and are the requirements to be a top quarterback in the Arena Football League.”
Leak often found himself listed on the ALL-SEC Team and was the fourth Gator to be named Freshman of the Year. Leak was listed on the SEC Academic Honor Roll each year he attended Florida and was a finalist for the Draddy Trophy, also known as the “Academic Heisman” for college football players. He graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and was a keynote speaker during the graduation ceremony. Upon graduating and winning the 2006 national championship, Leak was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Chicago Bears. He was later released after seeing limited action and found a temporary home in the Canadian Football League from 2008 to 2011, including stops with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes, and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Leak was a part of the 2009 Grey Cup Championship team with the Alouettes.
“We are extremely pleased today to welcome Chris Leak to our team,” commented Sharks Managing Partner Jeff Bouchy. “Since day one we have promised this city we would win a championship and compete every year for an ArenaBowl title. We delivered on this promise to our fans and the city of Jacksonville in only our second year. Chris has been a champion on every level he has played and we expect him to continue to build on this winning tradition. The Shark Nation should be very proud today.
SHARKS PAD ROSTER WITH THREE ADDITIONS
09/29/2011 3:00 PM
The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announce the addition of three players to the 2012 roster on Thursday, September 29, 2011. Defensive back Ross Weaver rejoins the roster for a second season while wide receiver Trey Williams and defensive back Stoney Woodson join the Sharks for the first time.
Ross Weaver (6'1, 212) returns to the Sharks for his second season. In 2011, Weaver spent the season placed on Other League Exempt after signing a contract with the Dallas Cowboys. He returns to the Sharks for what will be his rookie season. A four-year letterman at Michigan State, Weaver saw action in 41 games - 17 for starts. He tallied 86 career tackles (65 solo) including one sack as a Spartan. He also broke up 12 passes. forced three fumbles and two interceptions. In his final game in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl, Weaver had a career best nine tackles and added an interception and a forced fumble.
Trey Williams (6'0, 186) will take the field as a rookie in the Arena Football League. Williams played collegiate football at Division III Tiffin University. Williams was named to the All-Conference team as both a junior and a senior, earning the 2009 and 2010 Offensive Player of the Year award for the Dragons.
Stoney Woodson (5'11, 195) also joins the Sharks for his rookie season in the AFL. Woodson played collegiately as a South Carolina Gamecock. Known as one of the fastest members of the team (4.35 40-yard dash), Woodson was a regular on the field in secondary packages. The three-year starter saw action in 45 games where he registered 98 tackles (87 solo), eight passes defended and seven interceptions. A seventh-round draft pick by the New York Giants, Woodson saw time on the practice squad for the Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and his hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Woodson most recently played with the Tri-Cities Fever in the minor-league Indoor Football League, giving him experience playing between the walls.
SHARKS SIGNAL CALLER RETURNS TO JACKSONVILLE
09/30/2011 8:00 AM
The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announce the return of quarterback Omar Jacobs for 2012.
Jacobs (6’4, 225) rejoins the Sharks after his rookie campaign in 2011 behind Aaron Garcia. In that rookie season, Jacobs saw action in 8 regular season contests completing 18 of 24 pass attempts for over 275 yards and seven touchdowns. Jacobs' accuracy (152.6 quarterback rating) completed 75% of his passes and threw no interceptions. Also a threat on his feet, he added a rushing touchdown, as well.
"We are very excited to have Omar back," proclaimed Sharks' Head Coach Les Moss. "Omar was a great addition to the team last season and was an integral part in us winning a championship. He did not get a whole lot of playing time, but when he did, he showed his abilities to be an excellent quarterback in the AFL."
Jacobs' rookie season in the Arena Football League was not his first indoor action. Jacobs had several accomplished seasons at quarterback in the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA), a minor league indoor football league. In two seasons, Jacobs completed 383-of-672 passes (57%) for nearly 4,000 yards and 109 touchdowns. In 2008, Jacobs was named league Most Valuable Player and led his team to a league championship being named the championship MVP.
Jacobs saw limited action as a true freshman accounting for six total touchdowns (four passing, two rushing). Jacobs’ impact surfaced as a sophomore in 2004 where he completed over 4,000 yards passing with 41 touchdowns. He finished the season as one of the nations top passers, third best in pass completions (309) and passing yards (4,002), the nations most touchdown passes and best touchdown-to-interception ration. As a junior, Jacobs was named a preseason 2nd team All-American and a preseason candidate for the Maxwell, Walter Camp and Heisman trophies. He was a semi-finalist for the Davey O’Brien award in 2005, but his productivity was reduced due to an injury to his shoulder.
Jacobs opted to forego his senior season to enter the 2006 NFL draft. He left as Bowling Green State’s all-time leader in passing touchdowns (71) and third all-time in passing yards (6,938). He still holds the sixth best passer rating in NCAA history (162.5).
Drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacobs was released after training camp and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad where he spent the 2006 NFL season. In 2007, Jacobs signed with the Kansas City Chiefs and was allocated to NFL Europe with the Berlin Thunder. An injury forced him to miss the entire preseason and was then released. Jacobs signed with the Florence Phantoms (AIFA) in 2008 and most recently played with the San Jose Wolves (AIFA) in 2010.
SUMMERS TO REJOIN SHARKS IN 2012
10/03/2011 11:03 AM
Jacksonville, Fla. – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Monday that linebacker Derrick Summers will return to the team for the 2012 season.
The 23-year-old Summers (6’1”, 260) returns to Jacksonville after a stellar rookie campaign in 2011. Spending time at both mac linebacker and defensive end, Summers ranked among the league leaders in sacks (11, T-3rd), tackles for loss (12, T-5th) and forced fumbles (6, T-2nd), leading the team in all three categories.
One of Summers’ best individual performances came in Week 6 against Pittsburgh, when he notched two sacks and forced a fumble. At one point, Summers registered at least a partial sack in eight consecutive games, from Week 3 to Week 11.
A native of Southfield, MI, Summers played collegiately at the University of Toledo from 2006-09. In his four seasons as a Rocket, Summers spent time at linebacker, defensive end and nose tackle, registering a total of 135 tackles and five sacks.
SHARKS BOLSTER RECEIVING CORPS WITH CHILES
10/05/2011 7:26 PM
JACKSONVILLE – Quarterbacks of the ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks now have another big target to find in the open field, as the team announced Wednesday that wide receiver John Chiles has been added to the 2012 roster.
The upcoming season will be Chiles’ first in the Arena Football League. The 22-year-old attended the University of Texas, where he totaled 65 receptions for 752 yards and four touchdowns in his four-year collegiate career. Chiles (6’2, 215) spent time at both quarterback and running back during his first two years with the Longhorns, producing two passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns at Texas.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Chiles spent time in training camp with the New Orleans Saints, signing with the team as a non-drafted free agent earlier this year.
SHARKS ANNOUNCE 2012 SCHEDULE
10/06/2011 5:02 PM
JACKSONVILLE – Shark Nation can now mark their calendars for when their ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks will take the field next season, as the Arena Football League released its 2012 schedule on Thursday afternoon.
The team begins the year with the first of two bye weeks before commencing its title defense on the road in Week 2 against the Kansas City Command on Friday, March 16. The wait for local fans will end in Week 3 as the Sharks play the first of 10 home games on Saturday, March 24 against the South Division rival Georgia Force at Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
The home opener – and every other Saturday home game – begins at 7 p.m., with SharkFest slated to start three hours before kickoff at 4 p.m. All Friday home games will kick off at 8 p.m., with SharkFest beginning at 5 p.m. At SharkFest, fans are able to enjoy free seafood from Beaver Street Fisheries, the official supplier of Sea Best Seafood and ride the 35-foot Shark Slide. Fans can participate in many more fun activites - like hair coloring and Shark tattoos - and receive giveaways courtesy of Sharks corporate partners.
Fans living outside the Jacksonville area will have plenty of chances to see the Sharks on television. Four of Jacksonville’s regular season games will be brodcast live on NFL Network’s Arena Football Friday. Of those four, two will be at home (Week 9 vs. New Orleans, Week 18 vs. Milwaukee) and two will be on the road (Week 12 at Orlando, Week 20 at Pittsburgh.)
Winners of back-to-back South Division crowns, the Sharks will work towards a third straight division title by facing each of their divisional opponents twice in 2012, playing the Force, the New Orleans VooDoo, the Tampa Bay Storm and the rival Orlando Predators at each team’s arena. The matchups with Orlando could prove pivotal, as each meeting will take place in the second half of the season - including the Sharks’ home finale in Week 19.
Other highlights of the schedule include home-and-home series with the Philadelphia Soul and the Cleveland Gladiators. In addition, both the Utah Blaze (Week 6) and the Soul (Week 15) will make their first-ever visits to Sea Best Field this season. The Sharks will benefit from a light travel schedule in 2012, as the team will not play a road game farther west than Kansas City.
A rematch of ArenaBowl XXIV will have to wait until the playoffs, however, as the Sharks and Arizona Rattlers will not square off in the 2012 regular season.
The Sharks will once again televise selected games on WCWJ-TV 17, with exact dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Please note that until the television schedule is finalized, dates and times of games are subject to change.
Before the regular season, the Sharks plan on holding another pre-season benefit game, with an opponent to be determined at a later date.
The Sharks’ 2012 regular season schedule is as follows:
Week 1: Bye
Week 2: @ Kansas City (Friday, March 16)
Week 3: vs. Georgia (Saturday, March 24)
Week 4: @ Tampa Bay (Friday, March 30)
Week 5: Bye
Week 6: vs. Utah (Friday, April 13)
Week 7: @ Cleveland (Friday, April 20)
Week 8: vs. Spokane (Saturday, April 28)
Week 9: vs. New Orleans (Friday, May 4)
Week 10: @ Philadelphia (Saturday, May 12)
Week 11: vs. Iowa (Saturday, May 19)
Week 12: @ Orlando (Friday, May 25)
Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay (Saturday, June 2)
Week 14: @ Georgia (Saturday, June 9)
Week 15: vs. Philadelphia (Saturday, June 16)
Week 16: vs. Cleveland (Saturday, June 23)
Week 17: @ New Orleans (Saturday, June 30)
Week 18: vs. Milwaukee (Friday, June 6)
Week 19: vs. Orlando (Saturday, July 14)
Week 20: @ Pittsburgh (Friday, July 20)
2012 AFL Schedule Announced
10/06/2011 6:16 PM
TULSA – The Arena Football League today announced the 2012 regular season schedule, which will begin on Friday, March 9, 2012 on NFL Network. The final day of the 2012 regular season is scheduled for Sunday, July 22, 2012.
The AFL will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary during the 2012 season and will continue playing an enhanced, 18-game schedule. The League moved from a 16 to 18-game schedule in 2011.
“Arena Football Friday” on NFL Network will open the League’s Silver Anniversary on March 9 featuring the Pittsburgh Power against the Orlando Predators from the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. Two games are scheduled on Saturday, March 10 including the Arizona Rattlers visiting the San Jose SaberCats and the Utah Blaze visiting the San Antonio Talons. One game is scheduled for Sunday with the Tampa Bay Storm facing the Chicago Rush on the road. Opening weekend concludes on Monday, March 12, 2012 when the Cleveland Gladiators visit the Georgia Force and the Iowa Barnstormers face the Spokane Shock in the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.
The past two League champions, Spokane (ArenaBowl XXIII, 2010) and Jacksonville (ArenaBowl XXIV, 2011) will square off in a Week 8 matchup on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena.
After relocating from Tulsa to San Antonio, the Talons will play their home games in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tx. and join the National Conference’s Central Division. The Central Division also consists of the Chicago Rush, Iowa Barnstormers and Kansas City Command. The West Division will round out the National Conference, which includes the Arizona Rattlers, San Jose SaberCats, Spokane Shock and Utah Blaze.
The American Conference’s South Division includes the Georgia Force, Jacksonville Sharks, New Orleans VooDoo, Orlando Predators and Tampa Bay Storm; while the East Division features the Cleveland Gladiators, Milwaukee Mustangs, Philadelphia Soul and Pittsburgh Power.
The AFL will continue for its third consecutive season on NFL Network during the 2012 season with a weekly broadcast of the national game of the week on “Arena Football Friday.” Notable NFL Network games include Ron Jaworski’s Philadelphia Soul vs. Lynn Swann’s Pittsurgh Power on Friday, March 23; the San Jose SaberCats vs. Spokane Shock on March 30; the Jacksonville Sharks vs. Orlando Predators on Friday, May 25; and the “War on I-4” featuring the Tampa Bay Storm at Orlando Predators on Friday, June 15.
2012 AFL SCHEDULE
NOTE: NFL NETWORK GAMES IN BOLD
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012
PITTSBURGH POWER @ ORLANDO PREDATORS
SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012
ARIZONA RATTLERS @ SAN JOSE SABERCATS
UTAH BLAZE @ SAN ANTONIO TALONS
SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012
TAMPA BAY STORM @ CHICAGO RUSH
MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS @ GEORGIA FORCE
IOWA BARNSTORMERS @ SPOKANE SHOCK
OPEN: JACKSONVILLE, KANSAS CITY,
MILWAUKEE, NEW ORLEANS, PHILADELPHIA
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
GEORGIA FORCE @ TAMPA BAY STORM
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS @ KANSAS CITY COMMAND
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ ARIZONA RATTLERS
SPOKANE SHOCK @ SAN ANTONIO TALONS
UTAH BLAZE @ IOWA BARNSTORMERS
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012
PHILADELPHIA SOUL @ NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
OPEN: CHICAGO, CLEVELAND, ORLANDO,
PITTSBURGH, SAN JOSE
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
ORLANDO PREDATORS @ CHICAGO RUSH
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
PHILADELPHIA SOUL @ PITTSBURGH POWER
SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012
GEORGIA FORCE @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
SAN JOSE SABERCATS @ UTAH BLAZE
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
KANSAS CITY COMMAND @ CLEVELAND GLADIATORS
OPEN: ARIZONA, IOWA, SAN ANTONIO,
SPOKANE, TAMPA BAY
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012
ARIZONA RATTLERS @ KANSAS CITY COMMAND
PITTSBURGH POWER @ MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS
FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS @ TAMPA BAY STORM
SAN JOSE SABERCATS @ SPOKANE SHOCK
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012
CHICAGO RUSH @ IOWA BARNSTORMERS
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO @ UTAH BLAZE
SAN ANTONIO TALONS @ ORLANDO PREDATORS
SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS @ PHILADELPHIA SOUL
FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
IOWA BARNSTORMERS @ PITTSBURGH POWER
SAN ANTONIO TALONS @ SAN JOSE SABERCATS
SPOKANE SHOCK @ ARIZONA RATTLERS
TAMPA BAY STORM @ NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012
KANSAS CITY COMMAND @ CHICAGO RUSH
PHILADELPHIA SOUL @ GEORGIA FORCE
SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2012
ORLANDO PREDATORS @ CLEVELAND GLADIATORS
OPEN: JACKSONVILLE, MILWAUKEE, UTAH
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS @ TAMPA BAY STORM
UTAH BLAZE @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO @ SAN ANTONIO TALONS
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
ARIZONA RATTLERS @ IOWA BARNSTORMERS
CHICAGO RUSH @ GEORGIA FORCE
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ SPOKANE SHOCK
ORLANDO PREDATORS @ PITTSBURGH POWER
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012
SAN JOSE SABERCATS @ PHILADELPHIA SOUL
OPEN: KANSAS CITY
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
GEORGIA FORCE @ ORLANDO PREDATORS
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS @ CLEVELAND GLADIATORS
PITTSBURGH POWER @ NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
TAMPA BAY STORM @ PHILADELPHIA SOUL
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012
IOWA BARNSTORMERS @ UTAH BLAZE
KANSAS CITY COMMAND @ SAN JOSE SABERCATS
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ CHICAGO RUSH
SAN ANTONIO TALONS @ ARIZONA RATTLERS
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012
KANSAS CITY COMMAND @ TAMPA BAY STORM
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012
CHICAGO RUSH @ SAN ANTONIO TALONS
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS @ PITTSBURGH POWER
PHILADELPHIA SOUL @ ORLANDO PREDATORS
SAN JOSE SABERCATS @ IOWA BARNSTORMERS
SPOKANE SHOCK @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
UTAH BLAZE @ MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012
ARIZONA RATTLERS @ GEORGIA FORCE
OPEN: NEW ORLEANS
FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2012
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2012
GEORGIA FORCE @ PITTSBURGH POWER
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ PHILADELPHIA SOUL
ORLANDO PREDATORS @ TAMPA BAY STORM
SAN ANTONIO TALONS @ KANSAS CITY COMMAND
SAN JOSE SABERCATS @ ARIZONA RATTLERS
SPOKANE SHOCK @ UTAH BLAZE
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012
IOWA BARNSTORMERS @ CHICAGO RUSH
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS @ MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO @ SPOKANE SHOCK
UTAH BLAZE @ SAN JOSE SABERCATS
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012
CHICAGO RUSH @ ARIZONA RATTLERS
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS @ PHILADELPHIA SOUL
KANSAS CITY COMMAND @ IOWA BARNSTORMERS
PITTSBURGH POWER @ SAN ANTONIO TALONS
TAMPA BAY STORM @ GEORGIA FORCE
FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012
GEORGIA FORCE @ MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS
ORLANDO PREDATORS @ NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
PHILADELPHIA SOUL @ SPOKANE SHOCK
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012
ARIZONA RATTLERS @ UTAH BLAZE
IOWA BARNSTORMERS @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
KANSAS CITY COMMAND @ PITTSBURGH POWER
SAN JOSE SABERCATS @ SAN ANTONIO TALONS
MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
TAMPA BAY STORM @ CLEVELAND GLADIATORS
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS @ ORLANDO PREDATORS
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ TAMPA BAY STORM
SPOKANE SHOCK @ IOWA BARNSTORMERS
SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012
ARIZONA RATTLERS @ NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
CHICAGO RUSH @ SAN JOSE SABERCATS
GEORGIA FORCE @ KANSAS CITY COMMAND
SAN ANTONIO TALONS @ UTAH BLAZE
SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012
PHILADELPHIA SOUL @ CLEVELAND GLADIATORS
FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS @ IOWA BARNSTORMERS
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO @ GEORGIA FORCE
ORLANDO PREDATORS @ PHILADELPHIA SOUL
SAN JOSE SABERCATS @ MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS
SPOKANE SHOCK @ CHICAGO RUSH
TAMPA BAY STORM @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
UTAH BLAZE @ KANSAS CITY COMMAND
SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2012
PITTSBURGH POWER @ ARIZONA RATTLERS
OPEN: SAN ANTONIO
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012
ORLANDO PREDATORS @ SAN JOSE SABERCATS
PHILADELPHIA SOUL @ MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS
PITTSBURGH POWER @ CLEVELAND GLADIATORS
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012
CHICAGO RUSH @ UTAH BLAZE
IOWA BARNSTORMERS @ ARIZONA RATTLERS
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS @ GEORGIA FORCE
KANSAS CITY COMMAND @ SPOKANE SHOCK
SAN ANTONIO @ NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
OPEN: TAMPA BAY
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012
TAMPA BAY STORM @ ORLANDO PREDATORS
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012
GEORGIA FORCE @ CHICAGO RUSH
IOWA BARNSTORMERS @ SAN ANTONIO TALONS
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ PITTSBURGH POWER
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO @ CLEVELAND GLADIATORS
PHILADELPHIA SOUL @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
UTAH BLAZE @ SPOKANE SHOCK
SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012
SAN JOSE SABERCATS @ KANSAS CITY COMMAND
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012
ARIZONA RATTLERS @ MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012
CHICAGO RUSH @ KANSAS CITY COMMAND
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
GEORGIA FORCE @ UTAH BLAZE
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO @ ORLANDO PREDATORS
SAN ANTONIO TALONS @ TAMPA BAY STORM
SPOKANE SHOCK @ SAN JOSE SABERCATS
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012
PITTSBURGH POWER @ PHILADELPHIA SOUL
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012
ARIZONA RATTLERS @ SPOKANE SHOCK
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ CLEVELAND GLADIATORS
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS @ NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
KANSAS CITY COMMAND @ SAN ANTONIO TALONS
PHILADELPHIA SOUL @ TAMPA BAY STORM
PITTSBURGH POWER @ IOWA BARNSTORMERS
SAN JOSE SABERCATS @ CHICAGO RUSH
SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012
ORLANDO PREDATORS @ GEORGIA FORCE
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS @ ORLANDO PREDATORS
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
UTAH BLAZE @ ARIZONA RATTLERS
SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2012
IOWA BARNSTORMERS @ KANSAS CITY COMMAND
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO @ SAN JOSE SABERCATS
TAMPA BAY STORM @ PITTSBURGH POWER
SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012
SAN ANTONIO TALONS @ CHICAGO RUSH
SPOKANE SHOCK @ PHILADELPHIA SOUL
FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012
CLEVELAND GLADIATORS @ UTAH BLAZE
SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2012
ARIZONA RATTLERS @ SAN ANTONIO TALONS
CHICAGO RUSH @ MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS
IOWA BARNSTORMERS @ SAN JOSE SABERCATS
NEW ORLEANS VOODOO @ TAMPA BAY STORM
ORLANDO PREDATORS @ JACKSONVILLE SHARKS
PITTSBURGH POWER @ GEORGIA FORCE
SPOKANE SHOCK @ KANSAS CITY COMMAND
FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012
JACKSONVILLE SHARKS @ PITTSBURGH POWER
SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012
CHICAGO RUSH @ CLEVELAND GLADIATORS
GEORGIA FORCE @ NEW ORLEANS VOODOO
KANSAS CITY COMMAND @ ARIZONA RATTLERS
SAN ANTONIO TALONS @ IOWA BARNSTORMERS
TAMPA BAY STORM @ SPOKANE SHOCK
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012
MILWAUKEE MUSTANGS @ ORLANDO PREDATORS
UTAH BLAZE @ PHILADELPHIA SOUL
OPEN: SAN JOSE
ARENA FOOTBALL FRIDAY ON NFL NETWORK: BOLD
SHARKS MAKE TWO ADDITIONS ON THURSDAY
10/06/2011 5:10 PM
JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks continued to load up for next season on Thursday, adding one familiar face and one new one. The team announced that both wide receiver/linebacker Charles Hunt and offensive lineman Eddie Williams have been added to the team’s 2012 roster.
A Jacksonville native, the 28-year-old Hunt (6’4, 225) was a key member of the Sharks’ defense last season, his first in the Arena Football League. Appearing in 13 games, he ranked fourth on the team in solo tackles (42), total tackles (55.5) and interceptions (four). Hunt returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown and also forced a fumble.
After playing collegiately at Florida State, Hunt began his professional football career in 2009 with the Utah Saints of the American Indoor Football Association. He then spent the 2010 season with the AFIA’s Wyoming Cavalry before joining the Sharks in 2011.
Williams, 22, will bring youth to the Sharks’ offensive line. After growing up in Hawai’i, Williams (6’1, 325) played two seasons at the junior college level, spending 2007 at Pasadena City College and 2008 at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, CA.
Williams then transferred to UCLA, where he started six games at right guard as a junior in 2009 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. He returned to start all 12 of the Bruins’ games in 2010, playing every offensive snap in nine of those games.
SHARKS ADD WRIGHT TO SHORE UP SECONDARY
10/07/2011 6:10 PM
JACKSONVILLE – A busy week of additions to the ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks concluded with another transaction on Friday, as the team announced that defensive back T.J. Wright has been added to the club’s 2012 roster.
The 27-year-old Wright was a three-year starter at Ohio University from 2002-06. After redshirting in 2002, Wright led all Mid-American Conference freshmen with 14 passes defended in 2003. He then notched three interceptions in both 2004 and 2005. As a senior in 2006, Wright earned first-team All-MAC honors as he recorded 59 tackles, 20 passes defended and four interceptions.
One of Wright’s biggest games as a Bobcat came against Miami (OH) in 2006. In that contest, the cornerback made seven tackles, broke up two passes and forced and recovered a fumble. That performance earned him MAC East Division Player of the Week honors.
After completing his collegiate career, Wright signed as a free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals in April of 2007, staying with the club until his release in November. He then spent time with the United Football League’s Florida Tuskers in 2009. Wright is a native of Beaumont, Texas.
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.
PADILLA SET TO JOIN SHARKS IN 2012
10/11/2011 5:20 PM
JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks continue to build strength in the trenches, as the team announced Tuesday that offensive lineman Jesse Padilla has been added to the 2012 roster.
A native of Hawthorne, NJ, Padilla (6’4”, 300) was a three-sport athlete in high school before attending Lafayette College. Padilla saw immediate action for the Leopards, appearing in two games as a freshman during the 2004 season.
The 25-year-old Padilla broke out in a big way during his junior year, starting every game at right tackle before being named to the 2006 All-Patriot League Second Team. The following year, Padilla capped his collegiate career by earning Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America honors in 2007. In 2008, Padilla spent time in training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs.