Steve Josue

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Steve Josue
Steve Josue.jpg
Josue while playing for the Green Bay Packers in 2004.
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Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-04-05) April 5, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Miami (FL) North
College: Carson–Newman
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 257
Debuted in 2004 for the Amsterdam Admirals
Career history
* Offseason and/or practice squad only
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× first-team All-SAC (2001, 2002)
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com

Steve Josue (born April 5, 1980) is a former professional American football linebacker who played in the National Football League, NFL Europe, and Canadian Football League. Josue played college football at Carson–Newman.

Early years and college[edit]

Josue was born in Miami, Florida to Haitian immigrant parents. A 1998 graduate of North Miami High School, Josue lettered two years in football and one in basketball and was an All-State selection in 1997 as a senior.[1]

Josue enrolled at the NCAA Division II Carson–Newman College and lettered four years from 1999 to 2002 after a redshirt year. In his redshirt freshman year (1999), Josue made 50 tackles (28 solo), three passes defensed, and 16 tackles for loss. Carson-Newman reached the 1999 NCAA Division II National Football Championship but lost 58-52 to Northwest Missouri State in 4 overtime periods.[1]

In his sophomore season (2000), Josue started all 10 games and made 42 tackles (20 solo), 16 stops for loss, seven sacks, one interception, one pass deflected, and one fumble recovery. As a junior (2001), Josue had 26 tackles (20 solo), a team-high 10 tackles for loss, and five sacks. In 2002, the Eagles promoted Josue to team captain and finished the season a perfect 11-0. In that year, Josue made 48 tackles (30 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, three passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.[1]

With Carson-Newman, Josue received first-team All-SAC honors in his junior (2001) and senior (2002) years.[1][2] Josue graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in computer information systems.[1]

Professional career[edit]

The Green Bay Packers selected Josue in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft 257th overall. After playing on the practice squad throughout the 2003 season, Josue re-signed as a free agent with the Packers on January 14, 2004 and was assigned to the NFL Europe team Amsterdam Admirals. Josue played all 10 games of the 2004 season with the Admirals (including five starts). In those games, Josue made 15 tackles (including 12 solo and one sack), defended two passes, and made one interception.[1]

After stints on the practice squads of the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers,[3] Josue debuted in the 2004 NFL regular season on December 12, 2004 against the Detroit Lions and played in the final four games of the regular season and the Packers' Wild Card playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Collectively, Josue made 9 tackles in those games.[4] On April 26, 2005, the Packers waived Josue.[5]

The Ravens released Josue on August 29, 2005,[6] only 19 days after signing Josue.[7]

On February 21, 2006, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League signed Josue.[8] The Tiger-Cats cut Josue after training camp on June 10 but re-signed him on June 22.[9] Josue sealed the Tiger-Cats' 27-22 win on September 17 over the Edmonton Eskimos after forcing a last-minute fumble from Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray.[10] The Tiger-Cats released Josue on June 23, 2007.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Steve Josue". Green Bay Packers. Archived from the original on February 7, 2005. 
  2. ^ "Football places 11 on All-SAC teams". Catawba College. November 13, 2001. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ Steve Josue. TSN.
  4. ^ "Steve Josue game log, 2004". NFL. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "NFL transactions: April 26, 2005". ESPN. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "NFL transactions: August 29, 2005". ESPN. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Jones, Brent (August 11, 2005). "J. Lewis gives his ankle its first test". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Tiger-Cats add four more". CFL. February 22, 2006. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Steve Josue". CFL. Archived from the original on October 7, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Ticats score win over Eskimos". CBC. September 16, 2006. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Tiger-Cats Transactions". CFL. June 24, 2007. Retrieved July 8, 2012.