Former Eustis High School multi-sport standout Joe Burnett announced Wednesday that he has signed a free-agent contract with the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.
Neither Burnett or the Alouettes announced contract details.
“I thank God who has poured his blessings on my family and I once again,” Burnett wrote on his Facebook page. “New contract signed! Lord I’m equipped, guide me while I handle the rest.”
A defensive back, Burnett has played in the CFL since 2012. He spent three seasons with Edmonton Eskimoes before moving on to play three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders.
Burnett led the CFL in interceptions with six in 2012, the same year he played in the CFL All-Star game. He appeared the Grey Cup, the CFL’s version of the Super Bowl, in 2016 with Calgary.
In six seasons in the CFL career, Burnett has made 198 tackles, recorded two quarterback sacks and intercepted 12 passes. He also scored four touchdowns and forced three fumbles.
Following his graduation from Eustis, Burnett moved on the University of Central Florida and quickly established a reputation as a potential threat whenever he touched the football as a defensive back or kick returner. He intercepted 16 passes while at UCF and returned five kicks — three punts and two kickoffs — for touchdowns.
He was drafted in the fifth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL Draft and earned a spot on the team’s 53-man roster. He played in 15 games and made 17 tackles — 12 solo. Burnett was cut following the 2010 preseason and signed a reserve/future contract with the New York Giants on Jan. 5, 2011, but never played for the team.