07/10/2017 1:03 PM -

JACKSONVILLE  – The National Arena League announced today that Jacksonville’s JLB Charlie Hunt has won the NAL Award for Defensive Player of the Year and Kicker Nick Belcher, Special Teams Player of the Year. The Sharks have also won multiple awards for this past 2017 season.

The 34 year-old Charlie Hunt has been a source of consistency for the Sharks’ defense this 2017 season, ranking first on the team with seven interceptions. He ranked within the top three in the league for interception returns (7), interception return yards (147), and interception return touchdowns (2). Hunt finished the regular season with 36.5 tackles, seven pass breakups and a forced fumble. Hunt is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and attended college at Florida State University. He is a four-year Shark veteran, playing for the team since 2011 and taking a year off in 2013. He was a team captain during the 2017 season and earned All-NAL First-Team Honors.

The League also announced Kicker Nick Belcher as Special Teams Player of the Year. Belcher dominated the League on special teams the entire season.  He is not only the league’s top scoring kicker with 114 points, but also leads the NAL’s kickers averaging about 10 points a game. Belcher went 76 for 89 in PATs. No player came close to competing with Belcher’s numbers. The league’s second highest scoring kicker had 84 points. This is only Belcher’s second year in arena football. He previously was a star kicker for the Cedar Rapids Titans and is a native of Charleston, South Carolina.

In addition to the Player Awards, the Jacksonville Sharks won the NAL Award for having the Best Fans, Best Game Experience, Best Website, Best Media Relations, Best Community Relations, Best Mascot and the Attack Dance Team won Best Dance Team in the NAL.

About the Jacksonville Sharks

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the National Arena League (NAL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and four-time South Division Champions play all home games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Sharks Nation Memberships for the 2017 season are now available. Shark Nation Memberships start as low as $99. To become a Shark Nation member or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at and Chum at