10/03/2011 11:03 AM - Jacksonville, Fla. – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Monday that linebacker Derrick Summers will return to the team for the 2012 season.

The 23-year-old Summers (6’1”, 260) returns to Jacksonville after a stellar rookie campaign in 2011. Spending time at both mac linebacker and defensive end, Summers ranked among the league leaders in sacks (11, T-3rd), tackles for loss (12, T-5th) and forced fumbles (6, T-2nd), leading the team in all three categories.

One of Summers’ best individual performances came in Week 6 against Pittsburgh, when he notched two sacks and forced a fumble. At one point, Summers registered at least a partial sack in eight consecutive games, from Week 3 to Week 11.

A native of Southfield, MI, Summers played collegiately at the University of Toledo from 2006-09. In his four seasons as a Rocket, Summers spent time at linebacker, defensive end and nose tackle, registering a total of 135 tackles and five sacks.

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season Tickets for the 2012 season are now available, two tickets as low as $135. To reserve your season tickets or for more information, please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and on Twitter @jaxsharks, as well as the Attack Dance Team at