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Trumaine Sykes

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Trumaine Sykes
Free agent
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1982-11-22) November 22, 1982 (age 37)
Grenada, Mississippi
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Grenada (Grenada, Mississippi)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Career CFL statistics
Fumble Recoveries:1
Career Arena statistics
Force Fumbles:17
Fumble Recoveries:4
Player stats at

Trumaine "Joe" Sykes (born November 22, 1982) is a professional American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was originally signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Southern University.

Sykes has also played for the Green Bay Blizzard and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Early life

Sykes attended Grenada High School in Grenada, Mississippi.[2] Sykes was a member of the basketball and football teams while at Grenada.

College career

Holmes C.C.

Sykes began his college career at Holmes Community College in Mississippi. Sykes played two years at Holmes, becoming an NJCAA All-American.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Joe Sykes
Grenada, Mississippi Holmes C. C. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.6 Jul 8, 2003 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4/5 stars
3/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: JC   Rivals: NR
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "West Virginia Football Commitments". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  • "2003 West Virginia Football Commits". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  • "2003 Team Ranking". Retrieved October 3, 2013.

Sykes committed to West Virginia University on July 8, 2003.[3] Sykes chose West Virginia over football scholarship offers from Auburn, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss & Temple.[4]

West Virginia

Sykes enrolled at West Virginia in January so he could familiarize himself with the playbook. Sykes appeared in 9 games in 2004, recording 4 tackles with 1.0 sack.


His senior year of college, Sykes transferred to Southern University. In his one year with the Jaguars, Sykes was named first team All-SWAC, after leading the conference in sacks with 9.[5]

Professional career

Return to San Jose

On January 27, 2014, Sykes was traded back to the SaberCats in exchange for Mitch Mustain and Jabari Fletcher.[6]

Pittsburgh Power

On September 25, 2014, Sykes was assigned to the Pittsburgh Power. The Power folded in November 2014.[7]

Jacksonville Sharks

On January 12, 2015, Sykes was assigned to the Jacksonville Sharks. Following the seasons end, Sykes was named the Defensive Lineman of the Year for the third time in his career.[8] Sykes was also named the Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in his career.

Monterrey Steel

On March 24, 2017, Sykes signed with the Monterrey Steel of the National Arena League.

Albany Empire

On March 19, 2018, Sykes was assigned to the Albany Empire.[9] On July 18, 2018, Sykes was named the AFL's Defensive Lineman of the Year for the 4th time.[10]


  1. ^ "San Jose SaberCats DL Joe Sykes Named Arena Football League Defensive Player of the Year: Fan Take". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
  2. ^ Hathcock, Chuck (January 7, 2010). "Grenadian detours through CFL heading to NFL". Grenada Star. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  3. ^ "Joe Sykes". Yahoo!. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  4. ^ "Joe Sykes". Microsoft. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "SWAC FOOTBALL: ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM ANNOUNCED". Southern University. December 1, 2005. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  6. ^ "SaberCats reaquire DL Joe Sykes in Trade with San Antonio". OurSports Central. January 27, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
  7. ^ DiPaola, Jerry (November 17, 2014). "Power fold for now; AFL remains hopeful of keeping franchise viable". Archived from the original on December 21, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2014.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  8. ^ "Joe Sykes Named VidSwap Defensive Lineman of the Year". OurSports Central. August 25, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Team Transactions". Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 20, 2018.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ "Albany's Joe Sykes Named Defensive Lineman of the Year". Arena Football League. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.

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