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Alumni Focus Feature: Jim Kubiak, All-WNY and All-State Player from St. Francis

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College Career

Kubiak attended the United States Naval Academy, where he was a four-year letterman and three year starter.

In his career, Kubiak set 22 school records and left as the school's all-time leader in passsing yards (6,008) and pass combinations (558), while throwing 23 touchdowns.

Professional Career

National Football League (1996-2000, 2003)

Kubiak signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie in 1996. He was also on active military duty during the season. He was then out of football in 1997. In 1998, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts, where he went to training camp but missed the season to fulfill his naval committment. He was then re-signed by the Colts in 1999, and was then allocated to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe. He finished the season 45-of-129 for 817 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was then released by the Jets following training camp.

In 2003, he attended training camp with the Colts, however he was released after camp.

Arena Football League (2001-2005)

In 2001, Kubiak signed with the Buffalo Destroyers of the Arena Football League.

As a rookie in the AFL, Kubiak finished the seaosn 295-of-484 for 3,787 yards, 64 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His attempts, completions and yardage totals all set new league rookie records. In his debut on the road against the Toronto Phantoms, he completed 29-of-38 passes for a season-high 365 yards and six touchdowns. In his home debut against the New Jersey Gladiators, he was 20-of-35 for 253 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He also recorded his first rushing touchdown. In a game against the Carolina Cobras, he threw a season-high 7 touchdown passes. In 2002, he served as the back-up to Quarterback Andy Kelly. Kubiak saw most of his playing time as held for field goal and extra point attempts. His only playing time with the offense occured on the road against the Chicago Rush, when Kelly went down with a strained hip flexor early in the second quarter. Kubiak finished the overtime loss 29-for-38 for 264 yards, five touchdowns and an interception.

In 2003, Kubiak joined the Dallas Desperados. He also put together one of the best seasons in league history. He finished the season 388-of-557 for 4,762 yards, 97 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, all career-highs, while leading the top ranked offense in the league.  His 4,762 passing yards and 69.7% completion percentage are each league records. He had 9-of-16 games with a completion percentage of 70.0% or higher. For that seasons performance, he earned Second-team All-Arena honors.

In 2004, Kubiak signed with the Detroit Fury on February 6th. However, he was placed on Injured Reserve on February 9th, after having surgery in January for a cervical disk herniation between the C-6 and C-7 vertebrae in the base of his neck. In 2005, he signed with the Georgia Force, on the first day of the AFL's free agency signing period, where he rejoined former teammates and coaches from Dalls, Offensive coordinator Steve Thonn, WR/LB Dialleo Burks and WR/DB Luke Leverson. However, Kubiak injured his knee during week 5, and missed the rest of the season.

- Source: Wikipedia

Present Day

Jim is the color analyst for the Buffalo Bulls college football games and also tutors many student-athletes in his quarterback academy. For information, contact Jim at 716-907-2132

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