TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Storm is pleased to announce that All-Arena mac linebacker Dexter Jackson has returned to the Storm.
“Dexter is an impact player,” said Storm vice president of football operations Jeff Gooch. “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.”
Jackson (6-foot-2, 270 lbs., Bethune-Cookman) enters his seventh season in the AFL and third in the blue and gold. The 2016 season was Jackson’s most productive, recording 24.0 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, a pass breakup and two forced fumbles for the Jacksonville Sharks. His performance earned him All-Arena honors, the first of his career.
“Tampa is like my second home,” said Jackson. “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.”
Jackson first joined the Storm in 2014, spending two seasons with the team. He started in 36-of-36 games for Tampa Bay, recording 33.5 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. A true ironman, Jackson saw action at fullback with the Storm, rushing 34 times for 61 yards and four touchdowns.
The Jacksonville native began his professional career with the Milwaukee Mustangs in 2011. He would spend two seasons with Milwaukee before moving on to the Orlando Predators for the 2013 season.
For his career, Jackson has started in 80-of-90 regular season games, recording 99.5 tackles, 19.0 tackles for loss, 19.0 sacks, six pass breakups, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.