Originally a Bengals college free agent signee for 2012, Joiner missed the season due to off-field issues but has been activated to the 2013 offseason roster from the Reserve/Did Not Report list ... Played two seasons at Arkansas State (2010-11) after spending two seasons (’08-09) at Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas) ... Played as a defensive lineman in college.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Signed with Cincinnati as college free agent on 5-2-12 ... Placed on Bengals Reserve/Did Not Report list on 7-27-12 ... Activated to Bengals offseason roster on 2-4-13.
COLLEGE: As a senior at Arkansas State in 2011, earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Sun Belt Conference after leading the team in sacks (13) and tackles-for-loss (19) and leading the defensive line in tackles (48) ... Helped lead the Red Wolves to 10-3 record and a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl ... As a junior, logged 34 tackles, four sacks and 5.5 tackles-for-loss ... As a sophomore, totaled 48 tackles at Navarro College with 11 sacks, eight TFLs and a fumble recovery, earning 2009 NJCAA All-America Defensive Honorable Mention and helping lead Navarro to an 11-1 record and a No. 3 final ranking ... Originally signed with Texas A&M out of high school and was redshirted his freshman year.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Killeen, Texas ... Attended Shoemaker High School, where he earned all-district and honorable mention Class 5A all-state honors in 2006 ... Named a ’06 Top Texas Athlete (No. 64) in high school ... Earned bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State in December 2011.
When it comes to Bengals rookie linebacker Brandon Joiner, this isn't a reprieve from the governor. It is, simply, a reminder by the honorable Mike Beebe, the 45th governor of Arkansas, just how important is the story of his fellow Arkansas State alum.
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