Joshua Furnas

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Joshua Furnas
Albany Great DanesNo. 2
Wide Receiver Graduated 2007
Major: Business
Date of birth: (1984-12-16) December 16, 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth: Elmira, NY
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career history

Joshua Furnas (born December 16, 1984) is a former American football player, social advocate, and co-founder of Selfless Tee.[1]

Early years[edit]

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.[2] Furnas was also a co-recipient of EFA's Male Athlete of the Year award.

College career[edit]

Furnas played four seasons at University at Albany, SUNY.[3] 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.[4] In 2006, Josh's final season, he caught seven passes for 90 yards and one touchdown.[5] Josh's lone touchdown was against the then nationally ranked University of Delaware Blue Hens.

After college[edit]

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.[6] Furnas, along with former Albany teammate Danny Bocanegra, co-founded Selfless Tee.[7] Selfless Tee is a for-profit organization geared toward making "fashionable clothing with a social conscience."[8]

In March 2010, Selfless Tee was awarded a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project.[9]

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.[10]


Furnas is a sufferer and well known awareness advocate of 'Hatred of Sound' Disorder, Misophonia.[11] On May 18, 2012 Furnas was featured on ABC's news magazine television show, 20/20,[12] openly speaking about his battle with misophonia.


In 2012, Furnas began participating in independently organized TEDx events promoting his ideas for social innovation.[13]

On November 10, 2012, Furnas was featured at TEDx Chemung River in New York.[14] The topic which Furnas spoke of was "The Art of the Tee: Fashioning a Better World".[15]