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Former Bandit Player Fred Jackson Makes Buffalo Bills Practice Squad

September 6, 2006 - United Indoor Football Association (UIF) - Sioux City Bandits News Release

Former Sioux City Bandits running back and United Indoor Football 2005 MVP, Fred Jackson has made the 8-man practice of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Jackson was one of 8 players that the Bills named to their Season Opening Practice Squad.

As a member of the practice squad, Jackson will practice with the other 53 Bills players on the active roster each week. Jackson will not go on road trips with the team, but will be with the Bills during home games. The Practice Squad players can change at any time during the season with player movements, such as injury or trades. For example, Fred could move up to the active roster if a player gets injured or he could be released if a players movers down to the practice squad from the active roster. Practice Squad rosters were increased to 8 this season from 5 in previous years.

This past spring, Jackson played for the Rhein Fire in NFL Europe; the Bills had assigned him to the Fire after signing him to a free agent contract on January 25th. During the ten game NFLE season, Jackson finished second in the league in rushing and first in all-purpose yards.

In 2005 Jackson led the Bandits to the UIF Championship Game, and was named league Most Valuable Player. Fred rushed for 1,770 yards and 53 touchdowns as the Bandits finished 15-3. As a senior at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Jackson rushed for over 1,700 yards and was named to a number of NCAA Division III All-American teams.

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