CINCINNATI Brandon Joiner first stepped into the Bengals locker room at Paul Brown Stadium a year ago. Every time he enters the stadium he still has a sense of awe. Its a feeling he doesnt want to go away.
The Bengals signed Joiner as an undrafted free agent last year. He was a defensive end from Arkansas State and had been named the Sun Belt Conferences Defensive Player of the Year. Joiner first walked into PBS during the teams annual three-day rookie mini-camp.
Those three days would be the only time he was in the building last year.
Joiner was released on parole from prison on Jan. 15 after serving nearly eight months of a three-year plea bargain sentence on an aggravated robbery and felony drug charge in 2007. Joiner was 18 and in his freshman year at Texas A&M at the time of the incident. He was being red-shirted from the Aggies football team during that season.
According to police records, Joiner and a former Texas A&M teammate broke into the apartment of a know...