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The OSC Interview: Philadelphia Soul WR Chris Jackson

by Fran Stuchbury
November 20, 2007 - Arena Football League (1987-2008) (AFL I) - Philadelphia Soul


OurSports Central contributor Fran Stuchbury spoke to free agent WR acquisition Chris Jackson at a press conference introducing him to the local media. Last season with the Georgia Force Jackson caught 145 passes for 1915 yards and 47 TD's all career highs. He will be reunited with QB Tony Graziani who played three seasons with him for the Los Angeles Avengers.

Fran Stuchbury: When did the Philadelphia Soul start pursuing you? When did the process begin?

Chris Jackson: I think it began with QB Tony Graziani right after the season. Everything was done the right way. Tony said, "Keep your options open, I know they are looking for a number one WR." I knew my name would be brought up in that conversation.

Once it was legal for teams to call, I spoke to Jon Bon Jovi, which was a surprising phone call to get, and after getting a phone call from the owner and talking to Graziani, head coach Brett Munsey and team president Ron Jaworski, I knew that they were serious. I knew that they wanted me, and I knew I wanted to be here. It was a very easy decision. I think once my wife and I saw the upside of everything, it was a better decision football-wise.

FS: Do you feel the Soul offense will fit the way you play in this league?

CJ: It will have to, it's not them adapting to me, it's me adapting to offensive coordinator Connell Maynor's offensive structure and the way he wants to run things. I have been around a long time and I have no problem with adjusting and finding where he wants me. Its not where I need to be, it's where he wants me and how best I can help out this offense.

FS: Have you spoken with other Soul players on the roster? Are you happy to be playing with WR Larry Brackins this season?

CJ: I like it. I knew Larry was going be there. I'm excited to play with him. I've spoken to OL Phil Bogle and DB Eddie Moten. I'm just excited; they have great things in place. I know DB Mike Brown very well. With the chemistry Graziani and I have, the Soul offense should do very well.

FS: How was the experience in playing in ArenaBowl XIX for the Georgia Force?

CJ: Unfortunately we lost the game but knowing what foot you need to put forth, once you get to the playoffs and the regular season is over, it's another season. The fact that I have been to that, you have to stay healthy and play good football in July. This team definitely has that possibility. I've been there. I know how hard you have to work. Hopefully Graziani and I can make that push together.

FS: Compare the other QB's you have played with in Grand Rapids and Georgia to Graziani?

CJ: It was hard for me to find that relationship. After leaving Los Angeles, Grand Rapids just was not a good fit, but once I got to Georgia I had a relationship with QB Matt Nagy so that kind of helped out. Matt and I were pretty much on the same page the two years we played together.

Last year with QB Chris Greisen, he had the mentality that Graziani had, he understands the game. So we understood each other without words. That worked out really well but I'm happy to get back with Graziani because we still have that, and we both have gotten better since our days in Los Angeles. I know we have that chemistry and that's going be perfect.

If you have any questions or comments about this interview feel free to drop me an email at arenazone@yahoo.com and I will be more than happy to get back to you.

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