AFL NOTES: The Desperados were looking to bolster their defensive production when they signed NFL veteran James Cannida. Cannida, a newcomer to the Arena Football League, brings five years of NFL experience to the Desperados. He will be learning the nuances of indoor football as he returns to his high school days as a two-way player.
OTHER PRO EXPERIENCE: 2004 – Cannida was out of football. 2003 – Cannida signed with the Washington Redskins on Aug. 11 but was released at the end of camp. 2002 – Cannida signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent and finished the year with 41 tackles and one sack. 2001 – In his fourth season with Tampa Bay, Cannida started two games and recorded 22 tackles. 2000 – He played in all 16 games for the first time in his NFL career and notched 13 tackles and two sacks. 1999 – Cannida recorded two tackles in just two games as a reserve defensive tackle for the Bucs. 1998 – After being selected in the sixth round (175th overall) of the NFL Draft by the Buccaneers, Cannida saw time as a reserve defensive tackle and on special teams units but did not record any tackles.
COLLEGE: A two-time Big West All-Conference selection, Cannida missed just one game and started all but four games at Nevada-Reno. 1997 – As a senior, he notched 10 starts, missing one game to a midseason knee injury, and tied for the team lead with five sacks. He finished second in Wolfpack record books with a career-high 81 tackles to earn his second consecutive All-Big West selection. 1996 – He finished his junior year with a career-best and team-high 10 sacks while tacking on 51 tackles, a pass deflection and a fumble recovery to earn All-Big West Conference honors. 1995 – As a sophomore, he added 43 tackles and a sack. 1994 – He started eight-of-11 games for the Wolfpack as a true freshman and finished with 33 tackles, two passes defensed and a sack.
PERSONAL: James Thomas Cannida earned all-conference honors as a two-way lineman at American High School in Fremont, Ca. He earned all-East Bay and all-league honors as a senior after recording 107 tackles. He also lettered in basketball for American. Cannida holds a degree in broadcast journalism. He and his wife, Ieesha, have a son, Jameson (11/6/02).