All-time leading receiver Roe returns to SaberCats


All-time leading receiver Roe returns to SaberCats


SAN JOSE The SaberCats today announced San Joses all-time leading receiver James Roe has returned to the SaberCats for the remainder of the 2011 season.James Roe is one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play Arena Football, said OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet. His addition will only bolster a deep receiving corps and we couldnt be more excited that he is rejoining us for the 2011 season.Roe (6-1, 210) holds the SaberCats franchise records for receptions (762), receiving yards (9,452), receiving touchdowns (232) and points scored (1,450) during his nine seasons (2000-08) in the AFL, all with the SaberCats. He totaled 102 receptions for 1,076 yards and 30 touchdowns in his last season with San Jose. A three-time All-Ironman pick (2003-05), Roe earned second-team All-Arena honors at wide receiver in 2007 after setting career-highs in receptions (127), receiving yards (1,560) and receiving touchdowns (40). He was a member of all three SaberCats ArenaBowl championships, leading San Jose with 115 receptions for 1,310 yards and 29 touchdowns in his postseason career.Roe joined the SaberCats in 2000 following three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-98 after being drafted by the team in the sixth round (186th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. During his time with Baltimore, he totaled 15 receptions for 239 yards and one touchdown in 20 games (seven starts), while serving as a contributor on special teams with 11 kick returns for 229 yards to go along with 17 punt returns for 159 yards.Roe played four years (1992-95) at Norfolk State finishing with career totals of 239 receptions for 4,468 yards and 46 touchdowns earning consensus Division II All-America honors for the Spartans. He finished his career ranked second all-time among collegiate receivers behind 49ers WR Jerry Rice (4,693), third among Division II reception leaders (239) and fourth in touchdown receptions (46). During his career he recorded 22, 100-yard games and 16 games with two or more touchdown catches, while notching a reception in 41 straight games, one in each game he played. Roe registered his best season as a junior when he caught 77 passes for 1,454 yards and 17 touchdowns.He earned all-state honors in football where he played wide receiver and defensive back at Henrico (VA) High School. He also was an all-league selection in basketball and track.Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services

AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league


AFL announces SaberCats ownership pulling out of league

LAS VEGAS -– Arena Football League Commissioner Scott Butera announced today that, for reasons unrelated to League operations, the owners of the San Jose Sabercats have notified him that they will no longer continue as members of the AFL.

Butera said that the League is working to secure a new long-term owner for the storied franchise, which played its first Arena game in 1995. He also extended the AFL’s deep appreciation to the SaberCats ownership group for all the contributions they have made to Arena Football.

“We have a remarkably loyal fan base in the San Jose area and we are working aggressively to secure new ownership for the franchise as soon as possible,” Butera said. “In the process of rebuilding, there is an evolution that brings change and growth. In the coming months, we will reveal a strategic growth plan for the AFL, including completion of agreements with a number of expansion opportunities.”

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SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson


SaberCats return 2012 leading receiver Samora Goodson

SAN JOSE -- The SaberCats announced today that they have been assigned 2012s leading wide receiver Samora Goodson on a two-year contract. Goodson had a breakout season last year, his third in San Jose. The Arena Football Leagues free agency period for exclusive negotiations with players from a teams 2012 roster opened on Monday, Oct. 15 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.

"Bringing our leading receiver back from a year ago certainly bolsters our receiving corps," OwnerHead Coach Darren Arbet stated regarding the addition. "Samora is a very talented, proven receiver who has exhibited big-play ability at this level.

Goodson (6-3, 205, SE Missouri State) appeared in all 18 games for the SaberCats in 2012, where he led the team in all receiving statistical categories but touchdowns. He caught a career-high 114 passes for 1,471 yards and 27 scores as he paced a deep stable of SaberCats receivers on the way to a 12-6 season and playoff berth. Goodson also proved his worth on special teams, as he recorded 12 total tackles (ten solo) on kickoff coverage.

The Hayward, Calif. native appeared in seven games for San Jose in 2011, after his season was cut short due to injury. He posted 46 receptions for 630 yards and 12 touchdowns in the teams first season back since 2008. Goodson was a member of the SaberCats practice squad in the 2008 regular season and made the postseason roster in a year that saw San Jose fall in ArenaBowl XXII to the Philadelphia Soul. In between these two stints, Goodson played for the San Jose Wolves of the AIFA (Arena Football Indoor Association) in 2010.

Prior to his professional career the Californian played two seasons at Southeast Missouri State, where he tallied 37 receptions for 439 yards and four touchdowns in 22 appearances for the Redhawks. He transferred to Southeast Missouri State from Citrus Community College (Glendora, Calif.), where he earned All-Western State Conference and all-state honors.

Transaction: SaberCats are assigned WR Samora Goodson on a two-year contract.

Courtesy San Jose SaberCats media services