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ARENA: Sharks Acquire NFL Defensive Back Joel Ross

JACKSONVILLE – The 2019 National Arena League Champion Jacksonville Sharks have announced they have acquired Defensive Back Joel Ross through a trade with the Carolina Cobras and signed defensive lineman Kevin Thompson.

The Cobras will receive a future player consideration. Ross enters his fifth season of professional football and his first season of arena football.

Ross last played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). During his time with the Tiger-Cats, he played in three games during 2018 combining for three tackles and one interception that was returned for a TD.

In 2017, Ross was signed with the Calgary Stampeders and played in one preseason game where he had two tackles and one interception.

Prior to the CFL, Ross had a stint in the NFL starting the 2015 preseason with the Chicago Bears but finished the preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where he made the team’s regular-season roster as a member of the Bucs practice squad.

In 2014, Ross got his career start as an undrafted free-agent signing with the Dallas Cowboys where he competed in the team’s training camp and preseason before being released.

During his college career Ross played as a three-year starter for Appalachian State where he had a career total of 114 tackles, nine passes defended, three interceptions, and one sack.

Sharks have announced today theThompson for the 2020 season. This will be his second year of arena football and first with the Sharks.

Thompson was a part of the Sioux Falls Storm for the 2019 season where he played in 6 games as a defensive lineman.

Joining the team late in the season Thompson helped the Storm to a playoff berth and a 2019 United Bowl Championship victory over the Arizona Rattlers.

Thompson finished his college career as a Defensive Lineman for Bethune-Cookman University. Thompson spent 4 years with the Wildcat’s totaling 113 total tackles, 22.5 TFLs, and 6 sacks. During his last season as a Wildcat, he played in 12 games racking up 46 total tackles, 9.5 TFLs, and 3 sacks.

Following the 2018 season, Thompson was one of four Bethune-Cookman student-athletes selected to play in the Fifth Annual FCS National Bowl game.

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