Defensive lineman R.J. Roberts is entering his third season as a member of the Pirates and his tenth season playing professional football. After starting the 2019 season playing for the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul, Roberts joined the Pirates and played in one game, a 70-51 victory over the New York Streets. He recorded 1 sack in the game. In 2018 Roberts appeared in 4 Pirates games and played impressively on defense. He recorded 7.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a blocked field goal, and even scored a touchdown.
Roberts joined the CFL in 2011, playing for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. He was injured and released. Then Roberts joined the AFL’s Tampa Bay Storm. In the 2013 season he recorded 27 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries. By 2015 Roberts was back in Canada playing for the Grey Cup Champion Edmonton Eskimos. The same season he spent time with the Hudson Valley Fort of the Fall Experimental Football League. In 2016 Roberts had a brief stint with the IFL’s Sioux Falls Storm. If there’s one thing Roberts brings to the table in 2021, it’s a ton of professional football experience.
Roberts attended Troy University and played for the Trojans between the ‘07 and ‘09 seasons. In ‘07 he saw action in all 12 games as a reserve linebacker and special teams player. He was credited with 1 blocked field goal attempt. In ‘09 Roberts saw action in 11 games but suffered an injury against Western Kentucky. He returned to play in the team’s season finale against Louisiana-Lafayette. Roberts recorded 14 tackles on the season. Roberts earned his degree in sports fitness management from Troy University. He is entering his age-31 season with Massachusetts.