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2014 AFL Defensive Lineman of the Year Returns to Spokane

Tuesday November 25, 2014

 SPOKANE, Wash. (November 24, 2014) – The Shock have been assigned defensive lineman James Ruffin to the 2015 roster.

Ruffin (6-4, 265, Northern Iowa) rejoins the Shock for his third season as a member of the Arena Football League. During the 2014 season, Ruffin registered 38.5 tackles and led the league with a single-season franchise-record 14 sacks on his way to earning First Team All-Arena honors and being named the 2014 AFL Defensive Lineman of the year. Ruffin’s performance in 2014 also positioned him as Spokane’s all-time leader in sacks, totaling 26 over his three-year career.

Prior to joining the Shock in 2012, Ruffin played his collegiate career at Northern Iowa where he saw action in 35 games and totaled 109 tackles. He has also spent time with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“There aren’t many players out there, at any level, like James Ruffin,” said Head Coach Andy Olson. “During his time here in Spokane he has been a model example of what it means to be a leader both on the field and in our community. His work ethic and dedication is second to none and we’re very excited to welcome him back to the Shock family for the 2015 season.”


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The Spokane Shock is a professional arena football team of the Arena Football League from Spokane, Washington, USA. They play their home games at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The Shock played their first four seasons in the former af2, winning division titles in all four seasons and ArenaCups in 2006 and 2009 before joining the AFL and winning ArenaBowl XXIII in their first season. The Shock will kick off their 10th Anniversary Season in 2015. Tickets and Sponsorships are available. For more information visit our website at or call 509-242-7462. You can also follow the Shock on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, and YouTube.