Brandon Joiner, who was released from prison on Jan. 15 after serving nearly eight months of a three-year prison term. has bided time since his release by working out, spending lost time with his mother, fishing and working part-time at IGA Foodliner. And, recently, waiting on paperwork that will allow him to transfer his parole and probation obligations from Texas to Ohio.

When he received the paperwork Thursday, Joiner immediately left for Cincinnati, driving the 16-hour trek in two days, to participate in the Bengals’ voluntary offseason workouts, which open Monday, April 15.

“The day I used to dream about is right here, now ... when it used to be lightyears away, it felt like. And just all the training I’ve been going through and just working at IGA and all those things that are part of it, the preparation that I put into it, (spending time) with my mom. Now, it’s like it’s finally here and I just can’t wait,” said Joiner, a former football standout at Shoemaker. “My speed, my endurance, my strength, all that, was just moving along. Now, I’m just ready to see how it looks compared with everybody else because I know I wasn’t the only one working. I just can’t wait to see.”

Read the entire story in Sunday's edition of the Daily Herald.

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