Chris Jackson (gridiron football)

This article is about the football player. For other uses, see Chris Jackson (disambiguation).
Chris Jackson
No. 84, 86, 81
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1975-02-26) February 26, 1975
Place of birth: Bristol, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei
College: Washington State
Undrafted: 1998
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • AFL Rookie of the Year (2000)
  • 2x AFL Offensive Player of the Year (2003,2008)
  • AFL All-Ironman Team (2001)
  • 3x First Team All-Arena (2003, 2007, 2008)
  • ArenaBowl Champion (2008 & 2014)
  • 42 Individual Points in a Game
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 3
Tackles: 1
Player stats at
Career Arena statistics
Receptions: 1,004
Yards: 13,355
TDs: 325
Player stats at

Christopher "Chris" Jackson (born February 26, 1975) is a former Arena football wide receiver of the Arena Football League (AFL). He began his football career in junior college at Orange Coast College before moving onto Washington State Cougars after one year.

In both 1996 and 1997, Jackson was a starter for the Cougars and was considered a favorite target of Ryan Leaf. After going undrafted in the 1998 NFL Draft signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent the season on their practice squad. Following his stint in Tampa Bay he would spend three seasons split with the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans. In 2000, after failing to appears in a National Football League (NFL) game, Jackson signed with the Arena Football League's (AFL) Los Angeles Avengers. He spent three seasons with Los Angeles and was named the AFL's Rookie of the Year and totaled 3,255 yards, 238 catches and 67 touchdowns.

Early years

He attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. Jackson played basketball and in track and field as a long jumper and a triple jum, but did not play football. He played in a state championship basketball game during his time at Mater Dei and ended up losing to a team led by former NBA player Jason Kidd.[1]

College career

Orange Coast College

Jackson attended Orange Coast College for a year and got his first taste of organized football in 1994.[1] He averaged 21.1 yards per reception.

Washington State

Jackson attended Washington State University in 1996 and 1997 where he was a letterman in football where he was a favorite target of college teammate Ryan Leaf.[1] As a senior, he made 54 receptions for 1,005 yards and eleven touchdowns, and helped in leading his team to the Rose Bowl.[1]

Professional career

National Football League

Jackson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent part of the year on their practice squad.

On April 28, 1999 he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.[2] During the 1998 and 1999 season[2] he spent time on the practice roster and was waived on September 6, 1999.[2]

Shortly after his release from the Seahawks he was signed by the Tennessee Titans.[2] On October 5, 1999 he made his professional debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers[2] but was placed on injured reserve on December 1.[2]

On March 1, 2000, the Titans released Jackson.[2]

Arena Football League

Jackson was signed by the Los Angeles Avengers before the 2000 Arena Football League season. As a rookie in 2000 he was named Arena Football League Rookie of the Year and made the AFL All-Rookie squad after recording 1,325 receiving yards, 91 receptions, 26 touchdowns and 124.9 all-purpose yards per game.[1] As a rookie he posted nine 100 yard receiving games.[1]

In 2001, he played in nine games recording 62 catches, 725 yards and 13 touchdowns.[1] He was named the Arena Football League Ironman of the Week[1] after recording 12 receptions for 144 yards and four touchdowns against the Arizona Rattlers.[1] In a game against the Nashville Kats he suffered a stress fracture in his left foot which forced him to miss the final two games of the season.[1]

During the 2002 season he had 85 catches for 1,205 yards and 28 touchdowns after playing in ten games.[1] Against the Dallas Desperados he suffered a broken hand but continued to play and made the game-winning touchdown catch with 13 seconds left to play.[1]

After his failed stint with the Packers, Jackson made a return to the Avengers for the 2003 season. In his fourth year with the team he recorded 117 catches, 1,737 yards and 46 touchdowns and was named the AFL Offensive player of the Year.[1] He became the first player to be named AFL Rookie of the Year and AFL Offensive player of the Year in Arena Football League history.[1]

In 2004, following his fifth failed NFL stint he came back to the Avengers and posted 125 receptions, 1,803 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns.[1] His 125 catches ranked him fourth in that category for the season.[1] After the season he became a free agent.

As a free agent he signed with the Grand Rapids Rampage but also spent time with the Georgia Force in 2005.[1] He had 107 catches, 1,366 yards, and 29 touchdowns along with 18 rushing yards on five carries with three touchdowns.[1] Against the Austin Wranglers he became the 11th player in AFL history to score 1,000 career points[1] and became the 13th player in history to have 7,000 points[1] and the 15th in history to have 500 catches.[1] The game against the Wranglers was also ironically his debut game with the Force.[1] His performance in the game earned him the AFL Ironman of the game award.[1] He had his second AFL Ironman of the game award come against the Tampa Bay Storm later that year and also earned Player of the Week honors.[1] In the conference championship game against the Orlando Predators he was named U. S. Army Ironman of the game.[1] Against the Predators he had a game-high 147 receiving yards with eight catches and four touchdowns.[1]

Jackson started 14 of 16 games for the Force in 2006 and led the team with 1,468 receiving yards and 36 touchdowns.[1] He returned 57 kickoffs for a total of 1,107 yards with two touchdowns and he returned three missed field goals for 94 yards and a touchdown.[1] Against Orlando he was named Offensive player of the game after recording nine catches for 117 yards with three touchdowns and returning five kickoffs for a total of 77 yards.[1] His second offensive player of the game honor came against the Columbus Destroyers when he had 10 catches, 90 yards and four touchdowns.[1] Against the Tampa Bay Storm he received his third offensive player of the game honor and his second career offensive player of week award by putting up 10 receptions, 124 yards and six touchdowns.[1] Adding to that he had 75 yards on two kickoff returns, one of which he brought back for a touchdown.[1] His offensive explosion set a franchise record for most individual points in a game with 42.[1] Continuing his stellar season he had 126 yards on nine catches with four receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdown against the Kansas City Brigade.[1] He accumulated 141 yards on seven returns in the same game.[1] His 268 total yards in the game made him second his Force history for yards in a game.[1] The fourth offensive player of the game award came against the Austin Wranglers when he had 12 receptions, 117 yards and one touchdown.[1] Rounding out the 2006 season he had seven catches for 61 yards with one touchdown against the Philadelphia Soul[1] and had five touchdowns, 13 receptions and 180 receiving yards against the New York Dragons.[1] His performance against New York set franchise single-game records in receiving touchdowns, catches and receiving yards.[1]

In 2007, he had 51 total touchdowns and was named to the AFL All-Arena First Team.[1] He rushed for 19 yards on nine attempts with four touchdowns, and had career highs with 1,915 receiving yards, 145 catches and 42 receiving touchdowns.[1] His receiving yards and total touchdowns were second in the league but they were both team highs.[1] He was named offensive player of the game twice against the Wranglers and Storm.[1] Three times he was named Ironman Player of the Game against the Philadelphia Soul, Dallas Desperados and Predators.[1] After the season he became a free agent.

Jackson signed with the Philadelphia Soul on November 8, 2007.[3]

Jackson helped lead the Philadelphia Soul to a championship in ArenaBowl XX, with 140 receptions for 1,692 yards and 49 TDs on the year.

On Friday July 8, 2011 Jackson signed with the 14-2 Arizona Rattlers to help them reach ArenaBowl XXIV. In his first game back in the AFL since winning ArenaBowl XX with the Soul, he caught 6 passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns.

Jackson made a second comeback with the Rattlers in 2014, signing on August 8, 2014, just before the National Conference Championship.[4]

Return to NFL

Jackson signed with the Green Bay Packers on August 1, 2002.[2] The Miami Dolphins signed Jackson on June 4, 2003.[5] However he failed to make either team.

Canadian Football League

He was signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on May 6, 2009 after the Arena Football League suspended the 2009 season and later folded.[6] He was released by Winnipeg on June 20, 2009.


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Veras Marran, Laura (August 1, 2002). "Pack signs WR Chris Jackson". Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  3. "Soul sign Chris Jackson". Arena Football League. November 8, 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  4. Richard Obert (August 8, 2014). "Rattlers sign Chris Jackson with eye toward San Jose". AZ Central. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  5. "Jackson Signs two-year deal with Dolphins". June 4, 2003. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  6. "Blue Bombers ink import trio for training camp". Winnipeg Free Press. May 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
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