The Tampa Bay Storm announced that six-year veteran and All-Arena mac linebacker Dexter Jackson will return for a second stint in the blue and gold on Friday.
Jackson (6’2″, 270 lbs.) enters his seventh season in the AFL, and third with the Storm. He comes off the most productive season of his career, as in 2016 he recorded 24.0 tackles (6.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, a pass breakup, and two forced fumbles with his hometown team, the Jacksonville Sharks. Those numbers were good enough for him to be named All-Arena for the first time.
As Jeff Gooch, vice president of football operations, put it.
“Dexter is an impact player, he has proven his ability to disrupt offenses and he has a knack of getting to the quarterback. Last season he showed the League what he’s capable of and we’re glad to have him back with our team.”
After playing collegiately at Bethune-Cookman university, Jackson began his professional career with the Milwaukee Mustangs in 2011, spending two seasons there before signing with the Orlando Predators in 2013.
The following season, Jackson made the move across I-4 to join Tampa Bay for two seasons. Starting in all 36 games, he recorded 33.5 tackles (5.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. As an ironman, Jackson also carried the ball 34 times for 61 yards at fullback.
Upon coming home, Jackson had glowing words about the team and the fans.
“Tampa is like my second home. The fans are like family and we’re going to compete at a high level for them. I like the direction the team is headed and I can’t wait to bring the fans along for the ride.”
In his career, Jackson has started in 80 of 90 games, recording 99.5 tackles (19.0 for loss), 19.0 sacks, six pass breakups, five fumble recoveries, and three forced fumbles.