Joshua Furnas before speaking at TEDx Chemung River on November 10, 2012.
|Albany Great Danes — No. 2|
|Wide Receiver||Graduated 2007|
|Date of birth:December 16, 1984|
|Place of birth: Elmira, NY|
|Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)||Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)|
Furnas was born in Elmira, New York and attended high school at Elmira Free Academy. Furnas was a three-year starter on both the varsity football and baseball teams. In 2003, Furnas was also awarded "Twin Tiers Defensive Player of the year" by the Elmira Star-Gazette. Furnas was also a co-recipient of EFA's Male Athlete of the Year award.
Furnas played four seasons at University at Albany, SUNY. He missed the entire 2003 and 2004 seasons due to injury; he was granted a medical red shirt his first year. In 2005, Josh hauled in seven catches for 101 yards. In 2006, Josh's final season, he caught seven passes for 90 yards and one touchdown. Josh's lone touchdown was against the then nationally ranked University of Delaware Blue Hens.
In 2007, Furnas graduated from Albany with a degree in business. Furnas spent the next few years as general manager of the Big Moose Deli & Country Store in Hoosick, New York. Furnas, along with former Albany teammate Danny Bocanegra, co-founded Selfless Tee. Selfless Tee is a for-profit organization geared toward making "fashionable clothing with a social conscience."
In January 2013, Furnas was featured in a San Francisco Chronicle news article about young entrepreneurs living in pop-up rentals. Furnas pays to rent a living room closet in a Bayview house of an Ecuadorian family of 7.
Furnas is a sufferer and well known awareness advocate of 'Hatred of Sound' Disorder, Misophonia. On May 18, 2012 Furnas was featured on ABC's news magazine television show, 20/20, openly speaking about his battle with misophonia.