Born: June 29, 1989 – Miami, Florida
Entering 2019: Years as a Lion: 2nd Years in CFL: 7th Status: American
Career Games: 62 Playoffs: 10 Grey Cup: 2 (2013, 2014 w/Hamilton)
Joel signed as a free agent with the Lions on February 13, 2018. He signed a two-year extension with the Lions in December 2018 keeping him in black and orange through the 2020 season.
2018: Joel lived up to his preseason free agent headlines providing consistency in both the passing and running game from his position at left tackle. The University of Miami product started all 18 regular season games for the Leos along with the Eastern Semi-Final protecting the blind side en route to being named the Lions’ Most Outstanding Lineman.
2017: Joel saw his role increase during his second season with the Edmonton Eskimos, starting all 15 games he appeared in at left tackle. Figueroa also started at tackle in the West Semi-Final and West Final.
2016: Figueroa signed as a free agent with the Eskimos prior to the 2016 season. He was on the active roster for all 18 regular season games while making three starts at left tackle. Joel started at left tackle in both the Eastern Semi-Final and Final.
2015: Joel started six games at tackle with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
2014: Figueroa appeared in 12 games and made 12 starts for the Ti-Cats at tackle. He played in both of Hamilton’s playoff games, including the 102nd Grey Cup against the Calgary Stampeders.
2013: Joel played in eight games with Hamilton, making eight starts at tackle. He started all three of the Tiger-Cats playoff games, including the 101st Grey Cup against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
2012: Attended mini-camp with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
2006-2011: Joel spent five seasons at the University of Miami Figueroa, playing 43 games for the Hurricanes. He was granted an extra year of NCAA eligibility after sustaining an injury in 2010. The following year, Figueroa won the Community Service Man of the Year Award.
Joel, known to his teammates as ‘Fig’, was a double major at the University of Miami, graduating with degrees in sociology and geography. His first start for the Hurricanes ranks amongst his fondest football memories and he loved traveling to play in front of large crowds at some of college football’s most famous stadiums. Fig enjoys spending his free time hanging out with his family and lists his mother as the person he admires the most. Joel has Puerto Rican heritage and says salsa music is his favourite genre, particularly Hector Lavoe. Growing up he loved to watch Warren Sapp of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Fig tries to incorporate the violence Sapp played with into his own game.