On Wednesday, the Jacksonville Sharks announced the signing of AFL veteran quarterback Jason Boltus.
Boltus (6’3”, 220 lbs.), a native of Baldwinsville, NY, will come out of retirement to join the 2017 roster. After retiring from the Arena Football League’s Tampa Bay Storm in 2016, Boltus went on to become the Head Coach for the Ocoee Knights, and led them to a state championship in 2017.
Prior to coaching, Boltus led the AFL in passing yards in 2015, seting multiple franchise single-season records with the Storm in the process. He finished his rookie season in Tampa Bay as the team’s single-season leader in attempts (714), tied for first in completions (408), second in passing yardage (5,025) and touchdowns (98).
Jacksonville head coach Siaha Burley praised the signing.
“We are extremely excited to sign one of the best in the business at his position. To add this kind of veteran depth at QB going into the playoffs was a must for our organization. We are lucky to have him.”
After playing at C.W. Baker High School, Boltus began his collegiate career at SUNY Albany, and was red-shirted as a true freshman. He then transferred to Hartwick College, where in his rookie season in 2005, he won E8 Rookie of the Year and ECAC D-III Northwest Rookie of the Year.
Boltus then went on to win multiple awards and honors during his collegiate career, including E8 Offensive Player of the Year in 2007, and the Melberger Award as the nation’s top NCAA Division III player after he led the NCAA D-III in career total offense (14,231 yards).
Undrafted by the NFL in 2009, Boltus went north to play for the Hamilton Tiger Cats in the Canadian Football League. Coming into the AFL in 2012, Boltus started with the Spokane Shock, then played for the Utah Blaze in 2013 and the Orlando Predators in 2014. In his career, Boltus has appeared in 47 games (31 starts), completing 57.6% of his passes for 11,834 yards and 225 touchdowns.