The Massachusetts Pirates announced six big signings for the team on Monday The Pirates have added offensive lineman Thomas Claiborne, linebackers Nick Haag and Shawn Loiseau, defensive backs Troy Sanders and John Hardy Tuliau, and wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan. Five of the six players have NFL experience, and five of the six also have played arena football before.
Thomas Claiborne (OL)
Offensive Lineman Thomas Claiborne is a native of Wellesley, MA. Claiborne has played for the Boston College Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and even for numerous arena football teams including the former AFL Milwaukee Mustangs and the Jacksonville Sharks.
A return to the sport for Claiborne has came, as he will come out of retirement full time now. A short re-appearance of Claiborne was seen when he played several games for the Can-Am Indoor Football League in 2017. Recently, he has been coaching as an assistant coach for both the middle and high school football teams in Wellesley.
Nick Haag (LB)
Haag is a native of Worcester, MA, the home city of the Pirates. Hagg has numerous years of NFL experience with the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Giants. He also is a Indoor Football League veteran, as he spent almost two seasons with the now defunct Spokane Empire. In the 2016 IFL season, Hagg had 102 tackles, 13 for loss, and forced two fumbles while earning second-team All-IFL honors.
Shawn Loiseau (LB)
Loiseau is a native of Shrewsbury, MA, a city 15 minutes to Worcester. Most recently, Loiseau played for the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Football League in 2017. Loiseau is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Merrimack College history, and became the first Merrimack Warrior ever to sign a NFL deal.
He played college football at Merrimack College. Loiseau finished his career with three hundred and eighty two tackles, including three hundred and seventy seven in his final three seasons, ranking him first all-time in school history. He broke the school record for tackles in a season with 133 in 2010 and was named second team All-American.
Loiseau was twice named Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year, marking the first time a Merrimack player earned that award on two occasions. He has played for two NFL teams, the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans. Loiseau is also an arena football veteran, as he has played for the LA Kiss, Sioux Falls Storm, and most recently the Nebraska Danger.
John Hardy Tuliau (DB)
Hardy Tuliau is a native of Whittier, CA. Hardy is a former All-Conference Mountain West athlete from the University of Hawaii. He started forty four games for the Rainbow Warriors.
In the 2014-15 season, Hardy spent time with the AFL’s LA KISS and the CFL’s B.C. Lions. Most recently, he was an 2017 All-IFL defensive back with the now defunct Spokane Empire.
Ja-Mes Logan (WR)
Logan, a native of Houston, TX, is a top 10 receiver in Ole Miss History. Logan went to Ole Miss in 2009 out of Westfield High School in Houston.
He played in twelve games his freshman season and started five, while finishing third on the team with three hundred and eighty seven receiving yards and twenty nine receptions with two touchdowns. He finished his Ole Miss career tied for seventh in school history for career receptions with 136 and 12th in receiving yards with 1,787 yards.
Logan has played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Troy Sanders (DB)
Sanders is former Atlanta Falcons defensive back. Sanders played college football at Appalachian State and was a standout player. He also has IFL experience with the defunct Tri-City Fever and most recently played for the High Country Grizzlies during the 2017 season of the NAL.
Sanders was one of three former App State football players on the Grizzlies’ roster, and all three scored a touchdown during the team’s NAL debut.