On Tuesday, Jeff Gooch, Vice President of Football Operations for the Tampa Bay Storm, announced the acquisition of two-time All-Arena jack linebacker Alvin Ray Jackson. To make room on the roster, the team assigned defensive lineman Ino Vitale. As Gooch said after the announcement:
“Any time you can acquire a player like Jackson you must take it. He’s a difference maker on defense and is a welcome addition to our team. We’re happy to have him.”
Jackson (6’1″, 200 lbs.) enters his seventh season in the Arena Football League. Spending the last two seasons with the Jacksonville Sharks, including an appearance in ArenaBowl XXVIII, he joins the list of players to make the trip to Tampa Bay, where he’ll begin his first season wearing the blue and gold. Jackson comes off a 2016 season that saw him record 55.5 tackles (1.0 for loss), two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and three pass breakups.
After playing collegiately at Albany State University, Jackson began his professional career in 2006 with the South Georgia Wildcats of af2. He then played in a variety of indoor leagues before settling back in the AFL with the New Orleans VooDoo in 2011, when he led the team with 89.0 tackles. He followed that by earning his first All-Arena selection in 2012, setting a franchise record with 14 interceptions.
Jackson moved to play with Pittsburgh Power in 2013, then rejoined the VooDoo in 2014, and finally played with the Sharks beginning with the 2015 season.
For his career, Jackson has 400.0 tackles (15.5 for loss), a sack, 37 interceptions, 27 pass breakups, 13 fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.