Josh Bartel

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Josh Bartel
No. 18 – Saskatchewan Roughriders
Position: Punter
Personal information
Born: (1985-04-23) 23 April 1985 (age 33)
Wodonga, Victoria, Australia
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
CFL status: National
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at CFL.ca

Josh Bartel (born 23 April 1985) is a professional Canadian football punter for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League. Bartel played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

Before going to the CFL, Bartel played Australian Rules Football for the Wodonga Football Club.

Australian Rules Football career[edit]

In June 2010, Bartel quit Wodonga to pursue a gridiron football career in North America.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Bartel joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League in 2012 after leaving Australia and failing to make a National Football League team. Under rules in place at the time, Bartel was considered a "non-import" player because he received his football training in Canada.[2] The rules changed after 31 May 2014,[3] but Bartel was grandfathered in as a "National Player".

In 2012, his first season in the CFL, Bartel punted for 4,985 yards on 116 punts, an average of 43.0 yards per punt,[4] and was named an East Division All-Star.

In 2013, Bartel punted for 4,897 yards on 112 punts, bringing his average up to 43.7 yards per punt.[4] Bartel was again named an East Division All-Star in 2013.

In February 2014, Bartel was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 2014 season saw him punt for 4,616 yards on 106 punts, an average of 43.5 yards per punt.[4]

He returned to Australia for the 2015 season, but on 21 January 2016 the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that they had signed a contract to play for the 2016 season.[5] He punted 134 times for 6,046 yards, an average of 45.1 yards per punt.[4]

On 1 March 2017, Bartel signed a contract extension with the Roughriders that carries through the 2019 CFL season.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In Australia, Bartel had a job lined up selling car tires but instead came to Canada to punt in the CFL.[7]

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