Iron Sign af2 Star Tyus Jackson

December 21, 2009 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Milwaukee Mustangs News Release

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Iron announced today that it has signed fullback/linebacker Tyus Jackson for the 2010 season. Jackson comes to the Iron after spending three seasons in af2, the past two seasons with the Quad City Steamwheelers and one season with the Fort Wayne Fusion.

TYUS JACKSON, FB/LB, 6'3'', 245, MEMPHIS

Jackson, 27, is entering his fourth season in arena football after spending the past three seasons in the af2. He began his arena football career with the expansion team Fort Wayne Fusion in 2007 before joining the Quad City Steamwheelers for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In his first season with Quad City, Jackson was named to the Second-Team All-af2 as a linebacker after recording 11 sacks. In 2009, Jackson bettered his rookie season and was named First-Team All-af2 after leading the Steamwheelers with 12 quarterback hurries, 10 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and two safeties. He also added 41 total tackles, three forced fumbles and was named the Defensive Player of the Game in Week 1.

After graduating in May of 2006, Jackson played in 12 games with Fort Wayne in 2007 and finished tied for the team lead with seven tackles for a loss; he finished first with five sacks and was third on the team with 39.5 tackles.

Jackson began his collegiate career with Northeast Mississippi Community College before transferring to the University of Memphis. Jackson lettered for two years as a defensive end with NE Mississippi CC and was selected to the Mississippi North All-State Second-Team and was voted the Defensive MVP in the Mississippi JUCO All-Star Game in 2002. In 2003, Jackson redshirted for the Tigers and began his Memphis career in 2004 when he had 13 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack in 12 games, including a fumble recovery in the GMAC Bowl where Memphis lost to Bowling Green, 52-35.

In 2005, Jackson helped the Tigers to a 6-5 season and their second bowl win in three seasons when they beat Akron in the Motor City Bowl. Jackson played in all 12 games for the Tigers in 2005 making 13 total tackles and one sack.

A native of Birmingham, AL, Jackson attended Woodlawn High School where he was a four-year starter on the football and basketball teams. On the field, Jackson played fullback, tight end and middle linebacker and was named All-Metro and Super All-Metro during his career. He was the starting point guard on the basketball team and helped lead Woodlawn to a 6A State Championship.

The Milwaukee Iron has ascended to the highest level of Arena Football as a member of Arena Football One. Downtown Milwaukee and the Bradley Center will come alive in 2010 as the Iron host legendary Arena Football League opponents such as the Arizona Rattlers, Cleveland Gladiators, Iowa Barnstormers, Orlando Predators, Utah Blaze and more.

Iron season tickets are currently on sale, starting as low as $50.

For ticket information, please contact the Iron ticket sales office at 1-888-MKE-IRON (653-4766).

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