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Chris Jackson     

WR
Born: February 26, 1975
Hometown: Santa Anna, CA
6' 2", 200
College: Washington State
Other Pro Experience: NFL 
Full NFL stats at Pro-Football-Reference.com

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Soul begin 10th season celebration with alumni player reunion at home opener
Philadelphia Soul Press Release
The Philadelphia Soul kicked off their 10th season of football on Sunday with a thrilling 70 – 63 road victory over the Orlando Predators. The Soul will begin the celebration of their 10th season at their home opener on Sunday, April 12. Kickoff is at 4pm.

Arizona Rattlers ArenaBowl 3-Peat: By the Numbers
Arizona Sports

Arizona Rattlers cement dynasty status with 3rd ArenaBowl win in a row
azcentral.com

ArenaBowl XXVII: Arizona Rattlers scouting report
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com
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AFL Announces 2014 Arena Football Hall of Fame Finalists
AFL Press Release
After tallying the nominations put forth by the Arena Football Hall of Fame Advisory Board and AFL fans, the Arena Football League has named ten finalists for the Arena Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

Jacksonville Sharks defeat Arizona Rattlers on final play of ArenaBowl
AZ Central.com

Jacksonville wins Arena Bowl
ESPN

Rattlers, Sharks set for ArenaBowl shootout
FS Arizona

Arizona advances to Arena Bowl XXIV
WGNtv.com

Arizona Rattlers awaiting ArenaBowl opponent
Tucson Citizen

Underdog Shock like chances in playoff
The Spokesman Review

Role reversal for Rattlers, Shock as AFL playoffs open
Arizona Republic

Arizona Rattlers QB Nick Davila having MVP season but just wants league title
AZ Central.com

Rattlers not quite gutted by end of NFL lockout
AZ Central.com (blog)

Arizona Rattlers reach record-setting 16th win to close regular season
AZ Central.com

Rattlers signs kicker Witczak
AZ Central.com (blog)

Arizona Rattlers look to become first AFL team to win 16 regular-season games
AZ Central.com

Arizona Rattlers bracing for losing WR Rod Windsor and K Fabrizio Scaccia as playoffs approach
Tucson Citizen

Power: Rattlers put bite on win
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Soul players tackling other interests with AFL idle
Philadelphia Daily News

Ours a major part of Soul’s title team
Cumberland Times-News
Former Westmar High School and West Virginia University standout Wes Ours says he isn’t looking for a lot of credit. But the blocking from him and the three Philadelphia Soul offensive lineman was a major key in the team winning its first Arena Football League championship

Soul celebrate title with parade
Philadelphia Inquirer
At first, the crowds on Market Street for Philly's big show yesterday afternoon were scarce, but soon enough office workers, tourists, and folks waiting for the bus began to crowd around.

Soul are savoring championship feeling
The Delaware County Times
Prior to Sunday, both Chris Jackson and Matt D'Orazio had Arena Bowl experience. Jackson's experience came in 2005, when he and the Georgia Force lost to the Colorado Crush in a nail-biter. D'Orazio made out better in his first crack at Arena Football glory.

Soul's win a bit too dramatic
Philadelphia Inquirer
When Soul owner Jon Bon Jovi left his seat Sunday to head down to his team's locker room and celebrate the franchise's first ArenaBowl title, it was before the San Jose SaberCats scored 14 points in 11 seconds to suddenly put the outcome of the game in doubt.

Championship repeat falls just out of reach
San Jose Mercury News
Philadelphia held off a late SaberCats surge to claim a 59-56 victory Sunday in ArenaBowl XXII, denying San Jose's bid for a second consecutive championship before 17,244 fans at the New Orleans Arena.

Arena Bowl XXII: Philly's Got Soul and the Streak Is Over!
Bleacher Report
The Phillies couldn't do it last September. The Flyers couldn't do it this summer. The Sixers couldn't quite get it done this postseason. But thanks to Jon Bon Jovi and Ron "Jaws" Jaworski, the City of Brotherly Love can finally sing "We Are the Champions!"

Philadelphia Soul seeking championship today
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Soul claimed a 58-57 victory after SaberCats kicker A.J. Haglund missed a 48-yard field goal as time ran out. The Soul, who trailed by 33-14 at intermission, went up for good on a two-point conversion run by Clifton Smith with 10 seconds to play.

Arena Football League gaining credibility
phillyBurbs.com
Today's ArenaBowl XXII won't garner Super Bowl TV ratings, but you can bet that a flock of NFL scouts will be watching when the Philadelphia Soul take on the San Jose SaberCats.

Soul Hold On To Win First ArenaBowl, 59-56
MyFox Philadelphia
Matt D'Orazio threw seven touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the Philadelphia Soul to their first ArenaBowl victory, beating defending AFL champion San Jose 59-56 on Sunday.

Soul wins ArenaBowl
Philadelphia Inquirer
But in a game in which touchdowns come one after another and the points usually keep piling up, it was not that easy for the Soul. Before they could finally claim a 59-56 victory over the San Jose SaberCats, the Soul had to sweat it out after the defending champions erased all but three points of a 17-point deficit.

All the Wright moves
Bakersfield Californian (subscription)
Bakersfield native Rodney Wright is one day away from playing in Virgin Mobile Arena-Bowl XXII, making the championship game for the second year in a row.

Jackson has given Soul push forward
Cherry Hill Courier Post
After disappointing exits from the Arena Football League playoffs in 2006 and 2007, the Philadelphia Soul acknowledged they needed to sign a big-name player. Enter receiver Chris Jackson.

ArenaBowl victory only thing missing from Soul wideout's career
CBSSports.com
Chris Jackson already is one of the most accomplished receivers in Arena Football League history. If his Philadelphia Soul win the ArenaBowl, he might move to the top of the list.

Brackins in Arena Bowl
Picayune Item
Larry Brackins won a national junior college football championship with Pearl River Community College four years ago.

Soul's Brackins yearns for NFL shot again
Philadelphia Inquirer
While most Arena Football League players are not fast enough, big enough or strong enough to make it in the NFL, such a career may not be out of the question for Soul wide receiver Larry Brackins.

QB D'Orazio uses his heart in leading Soul
Cherry Hill Courier Post
He would sit behind talented starter Tony Graziani, destined to be a backup. D'Orazio understood his position and was grateful for the opportunity.

Arena football not in Philadelphia area's Soul yet
phillyBurbs.com
Champs Sports is supposed to be the official supplier of Soul merchandise. Good luck finding a D'Orazio jersey, though, or much else, since several Champs contacted hadn't received a fresh batch of Soul merchandise since the season began.

Philadelphia's Jackson can ascend multiple receiving records in ArenaBowl XXII
AFL Press Release
Philadelphia Soul WR CHRIS JACKSON can move up in multiple postseason receiving records categories when the Soul (15-3) host the San Jose SaberCats (13-5) at New Orleans Arena in Virgin Mobile ArenaBowl XXII

Soul land in New Orleans, await ArenaBowl
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Philadelphia Soul touched down on Louisiana soil Wednesday night, marking their official arrival to the city of New Orleans and premier appearance at the ArenaBowl. As the players stepped down from the bus to enter the hotel lobby there was a definite sense of excitement and an overhanging sigh of relief.

Philly's heart and Soul
phillyBurbs.com
Egos are not so enormous in the Arena Football League, where the handful of high salaries are around the NFL minimum, but Morrisville native Chris Jackson could have brought a disruptive big head to Philadelphia if he had chosen.

Soul, D'Orazio look to dethrone SaberCats in championship
USA Today
Philadelphia Soul quarterback Tony Graziani was supposed to be the one to lead the franchise to its first-ever title after guiding the team to the Arena Football League playoffs in 2006 and 2007.

Philadelphia's got a whole lot of Soul
Philadelphia Daily News
This season has been, by far, the Philadelphia Soul's best. It has brought great moments and memories along with the well-deserved publicity for a team that this week is practicing for Arena Bowl XXII in New Orleans.

Soul, Sabercats set for ArenaBowl
Boston Herald
When the Soul take on the San Jose SaberCats in ArenaBowl XXII on Sunday in New Orleans, they will be out to earn the franchise’s first league title against a defending champion that has claimed the crown three times in the last six years.

Lafayette grad enjoying ArenaBowl ride with Soul
Daily Press
Count Connor Hughes as a convert — a traditionalist who has embraced indoor contact with padded barriers, and high-scoring entertainment viewed by frenzied fans practically close enough to touch the action.

Graveyard Showdown
bestofneworleans.com
Philadelphia is only a 5-year-old franchise but its public profile is greater than some of its more seasoned counterparts. For starters, the Soul has a rock star for an owner. No, really, a legitimate rock star — Jon Bon Jovi is a co-majority owner of the team.

Soul roll toward goal
Cherry Hill Courier Post
No one could blame Philadelphia Soul players, coaches and management for breaking into a joyful celebration last week when the team defeated Cleveland and earned its way into the ArenaBowl.

Soul, SaberCats prep for AFL showdown
Cherry Hill Courier Post
When the Soul and the San Jose SaberCats last met, the teams produced a game Arena Football League fans won't soon forget.

Jaworski hopes area fans embrace Soul's title chase
Cherry Hill Courier Post
So even though Jaworski is hoping area fans will jump on the bandwagon for the Soul, the newly crowned National Conference champions of the Arena Football League, the team president knows he may have a tough sell.

No typical day for Philadelphia Soul quarterback D'Orazio
Philadelphia Daily News
cal day for Philadelphia Soul quarterback D'OrazioPhiladelphia Daily News, PA - 36 minutes agoAttentive father, devout Christian and Arena Football League Player of the Year . . . hard to make a guy like that look bad. *

Gladiators lose Soul
The Morning Journal
D'Orazio completed 17 of 25 passes for 184 yards. Larry Brackins and Brent Holmes each caught three touchdown passes.

Soul punch ticket to ArenaBowl
Cherry Hill Courier Post
That championship fever is back in Philadelphia, and championship-starved local sports fans can thank the Philadelphia Soul defense for this latest revival.

Soul trying to punch ticket to Arena Bowl
The Delaware County Times
Now, it's Cleveland that again has the chance to take the Soul down a peg after their latest noise-making win. This time, a defeat would also take the Soul off the board as the favorite to win the Arena Bowl and send them home after season that will have included nearly everything but a title.

Gladiators must find internal road warrior
The Morning Journal
With barely enough time to unpack, practice a couple of times, go over the game plan and get back on a plane, Cleveland returns to the turf this afternoon, taking on host Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center in the National Conference Championship Game.

Redemption is Gladiators’ goal in conference final battle with Philadelphia
Chronicle-Telegram
So will it be the Gladiators (11-7) or the Soul (14-3), a team Bon Jovi co-owns, that will make the most of those breaks this afternoon at Wachovia Center in Philly?

Soul must control ball to reach final
Cherry Hill Courier Post
With their title hopes on the line, the Philadelphia Soul will meet a familiar -- and perhaps their most difficult -- opponent this afternoon in the Cleveland Gladiators.

Defense will be key in Soul's latest test
Philadelphia Inquirer
With Chris Jackson suiting up for the Soul and Otis Amey wearing the uniform of the Cleveland Gladiators, the two leading scorers in the Arena Football League will be on the field today at the Wachovia Center for the National Conference championship game.

ArenaBowl adds some Soul
The Phanatic
ArenaBowl XXII in New Orleans will have a nice dose of Soul this year. Backed by Matt D’Orazio’s eight touchdown passes and a solid effort by the Eddie Moten-led defense, Philadelphia handed the Cleveland Gladiators a 70-35 defeat in the National Conference Championship Game to earn its first-ever trip to the Arena Football League’s title game.

Soul is serious about enjoying playoff run
Philadelphia Daily News
"From Day 1, we knew on paper that we were a championship-caliber team," Soul wideout Chris Jackson said. "And as the season started to unfold, we realize that we had the talent not just on paper, but that we were the best team in Arena Football."

Soul's D'Orazio named AFLWA Player of the Year
MLive.com
Philadelphia Soul quarterback Matt D'Orazio has been named the Arena Football League Writers Association Player of the Year.

QB D'Orazio Puts His Heart And Soul Into Team
Evening Bulletin
Spying wide receiver and Bristol native Chris Jackson sitting on some bleachers talking to a reporter, D'Orazio, who already had two other Philadelphia Soul teammates with him, wondered aloud if his favorite target had a way to get to the film session across town.

Philadelphia's Chris Jackson named 2008 Offensive Player of the Year
AFL Press Release
Philadelphia Soul WR CHRIS JACKSON (6-2, 200, Washington St.) was selected as the 2008 Offensive Player of the Year as voted by AFL head coaches, fans, players and the Arena Football League Writers Association, the League announced today.

Jackson named Offensive Player of the Year
Philadelphia Soul Press Release
Philadelphia Soul wide receiver Chris Jackson was named the AFL’s Offensive Player of the Year for 2008 on Thursday as voted by AFL head coaches, players, fans, and the Arena Football Writers Association.

Philadelphia's Jackson closes in on postseason records
AFL Press Release
Philadelphia Soul WR CHRIS JACKSON can close in on multiple postseason receiving records when the Soul (14-3) welcome the Cleveland Gladiators (11-7) to the Wachovia Center in the National Conference Championship game on Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m. ET (ESPN HD, ESPN360.com, SIRIUS Radio – Channel 127).

Soul wins conference championship, advances in AFL playoffs
Philadelphia Daily News
But the 16,102 on hand can attest that the win was definitely by the hair of their chiy chin-chin. Soul quarterback Matt D'Orazio found wideout Larry Brackins on a 28-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the closing seconds of the divisional playoff game against New York.

Arena playoffs: Philadelphia 49, New York 48
Dallas Morning News
the final play of the game to give the Philadelphia Soul a 49-48 victory over the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday night. ...

Soul win thriller on final play
phillyBurbs.com
Brackins on the final play of the game to give the Soul a 49-48 victory over the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday night. ...

Soul facing Dragons for AFL title spot
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Soul play the New York Dragons tonight at the Wachovia Center in the second round of the Arena Football League playoffs, hoping that rest from a bye week will prove profitable.

Dragons return to hostile territory with a little fire to face Soul
Delaware County Daily Times
The postseason brings new life. It also can bring a growth in confidence. Such is the case with the New York Dragons.

Soul beats Dragon on last-play TD
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
the final play of the game to give the Philadelphia Soul a 49-48 victory over the New York Dragons in the Arena Football League playoffs Saturday night. ...

Soul win, reach conference title game
Philadelphia Inquirer
On a play that began with 7.1 seconds remaining in the game, Soul quarterback Matt D'Orazio found wide receiver Larry Brackins on a crossing pattern, and the 6-foot-4, 221-pound second-year man barreled toward the end zone and just managed to reach across the goal line.

Soul offense should cause Dragons trouble
Cherry Hill Courier Post
So, are the New York Dragons just one-shot playoff wonders or this season's Cinderella among the Arena Football League's 2008 postseason entries?

Harrell, Jackson and Roe continue postseason assaults in divisional round
AFL Press Release
Chicago Rush WR DAMIAN HARRELL, Philadelphia Soul WR CHRIS JACKSON and San Jose SaberCats WR/DB JAMES ROE can continue their aerial assaults on postseason receiving records in the Divisional Round this weekend.

Fans get their share of Soul tickets
Philadelphia Inquirer
Morrisville residents were enthusiastic for the giveaway in honor of receiver Chris Jackson.

Making Morrisville proud
phillyBurbs.com
He lived in this town for just seven years, 26 years ago. So Chris Jackson felt a little overwhelmed as he looked out at the line of local folks snaking across the grass at Williamson Park.

Hot Read
Examiner.com
With a television deal that dictated a Saturday playoff game, the Soul got creative for their game this Saturday at the 16,000-seat Wachovia Center.

All of Morrisville invited to Soul game
phillyBurbs.com
The Philadelphia Soul arena football league team is offering free tickets tonight for Saturday's playoff game to all of Morrisville's roughly 10,000 residents at a festival-like ticket giveaway in Williamson Park.

AFL's Philadelphia Soul: Offering The Best Sports Promotion Ever?
CNBC
We've seen our share of ticket giveaways. I think my favorite was when Winn Dixie bought enough Jacksonville Jaguars seats during the 2002 season to get around the blackout rules and handed out thousands of free tickets.

Seven Soul players named to All-Arena team
Philadelphia Soul Press Release
Four Soul players were announced to the All-Arena First Team; quarterback Matt D’Orazio, receiver Chris Jackson, and offensive linemen Phil Bogle and Martin Bibla.

Soul to give free playoff tix to entire Bucks County borough in honor of Chris Jackson day
Philadelphia Soul Press Release
The entire hometown of Philadelphia Soul star wide receiver Chris Jackson has been invited by the team to attend its Divisional Playoff game at the Wachovia Center on Saturday, July 5 as part of Chris Jackson Day.

Soul clinches division title, homefield advantage for AFL playoffs
Philadelphia Daily News
Fifteen minutes after the Soul had beaten New York, coach Bret Munsey emerged from the locker room soaking wet.

Desperados need help for division title
Fort Worth Star Telegram
The Dallas Desperados head into the Arena Football League regular-season finale with a playoff spot long clinched, but plenty remains on the line.

Win in finale would keep Soul at home for the Arena playoffs
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Soul are approaching the season finale against the New York Dragons at 3 p.m. today in the Nassau Coliseum as if this is a playoff game.

Soul seek 1st Eastern Division championship
Philadelphia Inquirer
When the Soul played the New York Dragons on March 16, quarterback Tony Graziani passed for six touchdowns before suffering a knee injury. Backup Matt D'Orazio came in for him as the Soul went on to a 63-42 win.

Chicago's Harrell and Philadelphia's Jackson can continue assault on receiving records Sunday
AFL Press Release
Chicago Rush WR DAMIAN HARRELL and Philadelphia Soul WR CHRIS JACKSON can continue their assault on AFL all-time receiving records in the final two games of the regular-season on Sunday with home-field advantage throughout the playoffs on the line for both teams in their respective conferences.

D'Orazio leads Soul to victory
Cherry Hill Courier Post
back Eddie Moten made an interception on a 2-point conversion attempt to give the Soul a critical Arena Football League victory over Cleveland. ...

Push for playoff No. 1 starts tonight for Soul
Cherry Hill Courier Post
As the 2008 Arena Football League season enters its final two regular-season weekends, the Soul have reclaimed control of their own destiny.

Soul hold off Gladiators
International Herald Tribune
to Chris Jackson with 37 seconds left to help the Philadelphia Soul beat the Cleveland Gladiators 62-61 on Saturday night in the Arena Football League. ...

D'Orazio, Smith lead Soul past Desperados
Philadelphia Inquirer
Matt D'Orazio's near-perfect effort off the bench is likely to be the one everyone remembers from the Soul's 71-64 win over the Dallas Desperados last night in the Arena Football League.

No replay, no win, but plenty of points
Fort Worth Star Telegram
If the Dallas Desperados were to make the case for instant replay to be a part of Arena Football League regular season, the fourth quarter might have given them some video evidence.

Soul face important test today
Cherry Hill Courier Post
It seems like a long time since the Soul were 9-0 and streaking toward an Eastern Division title in the Arena Football League's National Conference.

Soul see victory slip away to KC
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Given a chance to clinch an Arena Football League playoff berth and enter their bye week on an emotional high, the Soul instead went in the opposite direction.

Soul snaps losing streak, moves into first in AFL Eastern Division
Philadelphia Daily News
A banged-up Soul team managed to get back to winning with a 51-43 victory over the Columbus Destroyers on Saturday night before 18,741 fans at the Wachovia Center.

Jackson shines as Soul rebound
Cherry Hill Courier Post
It was a big night for Soul wide receiver Chris Jackson, who advanced further up the Arena Football League career ladder for touchdown receptions and overall receptions, while helping his team break a two-game losing streak.

Soul turn to Holmes at receiver
Philadelphia Inquirer
Here's how things are going personnel-wise for the injury-battered Soul: On Thursday, wide receiver Brent Holmes was flown in to help fill a void at the position.

Arena ball serves many purposes for old Cougs
Cougfan.com
For superstar Chris Jackson, it’s a lucrative living that finds him rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi. And for Jason Gesser, it’s a classroom experience helping prep him for a life in coaching.

Soul must leap mental barrier in order to stay undefeated
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Tonight, they will face a tough mental challenge. That's because -- with only four days to prepare -- the Soul (9-0) must play the Cleveland Gladiators (4-4) in Cleveland.

Soul crushes Desperados in AFL battle of unbeatens
Philadelphia Daily News
It doesn't matter the time of year, if a professional football team comes to this town sporting a big, blue star on its helmets, you're gonna have some excitement.

Soul, Dallas put perfect marks on line in matchup
Cherry Hill Courier Post
When the Soul host the Dallas Desperados at the Wachovia Spectrum at 8 tonight, it will be the first time in league history that two undefeated teams have met this late in the season.

Soul out to win battle of unbeatens
Philadelphia Inquirer
The quarterbacks for the Soul and the Dallas Desperados took some friendly jabs at each other last week during a teleconference in advance of tonight's clash of the Arena Football League's two unbeatens.

Jon Bon Jovi ... You had me from hello
ESPN
I hadn't lived until I answered my phone to be greeted by the unidentified caller's dreamlike salute: "Mary, hey. Jon Bon Jovi."

Q&A with Philadelphia Soul owner/rock star, Jon Bon Jovi
SI.com
Jon Bon Jovi should be living it up like the rock star that he is right now. He has a rare day off from touring and he's pacing around his plush digs in Miami with the vibrant Florida sun beaming through the windows around him. With South Beach at his fingertips, however, he opts to stay in and talk football.

Dallas Desperados loses for first time this season
Dallas Morning News
The Desperados' regular-season winning streak came to a screeching halt Monday night as they fell, 57-28, to the Philadelphia Soul in a matchup of Arena Football League unbeatens.

The Soul overruns the Dallas Desperados, 57-28
Dallas Morning News
The Desperados' regular-season winning streak came to a screeching halt Monday night as they fell, 57-28, to the Philadelphia Soul in a matchup of Arena Football League unbeatens.

Arena Football Preview: Monday Night Match-Up of Unbeatens
Bleacher Report
Dorthy, this ain't Kansas anymore. It, is appropriately dubbed, the Broad Street Brawl. This isn't your normal mid-season clash of unbeatens, like the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts match-up always has potential to be.

Soul still undefeated but Graziani aggravates injury
Philadelphia Daily News
The Soul kept its undefeated record intact with a 76-55 win over the Columbus Destroyers at Nationwide Arena last night in the Arena Football League.

Arena football: Destroyers might want to do some soul-searching
Columbus Dispatch
The Destroyers embraced their nationally televised game last night against the undefeated Philadelphia Soul as an ideal showcase to show that their disappointing record was a fluke.

Jackson is lending a couple sure hands to the Soul
Philadelphia Inquirer
After watching the Soul fall in the second round of the Arena Football League playoffs in the last two seasons, the front office decided the offense needed an upgrade.

Destroyers hope to make stand against 7-0 Soul
Columbus Dispatch
With three surprising playoff victories last summer, the Destroyers changed their reputation.

With Graziani still injured, D'Orazio rallies undefeated Soul
Philadelphia Daily News
It was a game that was slated as the anticipated return of quarterback Tony Graziani. Instead, it ended up being the exclamation point to a month of outstanding play from backup Matt D'Orazio.

Soul stay undefeated with comeback win
Philadelphia Inquirer
Clifton Smith's two-point conversion with 10 seconds remaining Saturday night gave the undefeated Soul a 58-57 comeback win over the San Jose SaberCats in an Arena Football League game at the HP Pavilion.

Breaking it Down - 2008 Week Six
Andy Lopusnak, ArenaFan.com
The AFL’s sixth week of 2008 was one of dominance by the home teams which won all eight games and the National Conference which won five inter-conference matchups. Orlando had its fifth-straight game decided on the final play; Dallas and Philadelphia are still undefeated; and Kansas City and Utah are still winless. This and many other news and notes will be featured in the sixth addition of Breaking it Down.

Soul's defense smothers Utah
Philadelphia Inquirer
Utah has struggled to finish its Arena Football League games this season. The Soul's defense made sure the Blaze never got the chance to redeem their late-game woes last night.

Arena Football League: Winless Blaze keep sliding
Salt Lake Tribune
Blaze coach Danny White quickly diagnosed the play from the three-receiver formation. However, Utah middle linebacker Kelvin Morris wasn't so sure. His indecision led to a touchdown catch by an offensive lineman.

Unbeaten Soul wary of winless Blaze
Philadelphia Inquirer
The 5-0 Soul sit atop the Arena Football League, sharing that coveted perch with the Dallas Desperados. At 0-5, the Utah Blaze are looking up at the league's 16 other teams.

Soul not taking winless Blaze lightly
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The 5-0 Soul will take on the 0-5 Utah Blaze in a 7 p.m. Arena Football League game today at the Wachovia Spectrum, and the records indicate this shouldn't be a very tough game for the home team.

Utah Blaze: Blaze still looking for first victory
Deseret News
On paper it looks as lopsided as can be. The 0-5 Utah Blaze, owners of the worst record in the Arena Football League, facing the hottest team around, the 5-0 Philadelphia Soul.

AFL: Soul stay unbeaten, keep Blaze winless
Salt Lake Tribune
Matt D'Orazio threw six touchdown passes and ran for a score to help the undefeated Philadelphia Soul beat the winless Utah Blaze 64-56 on Saturday night in the Arena Football League.

Soul stay undefeated
Philadelphia Inquirer
Utah has struggled to finish its Arena Football League games this season. The Soul's defense made sure the Blaze never got the chance to overcome their late-game woes tonight.

Soul beat Storm with offense and defense
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Soul's offense has propelled the team all season. That unit didn't falter yesterday against the Tampa Bay Storm, but the defense should be credited for the Soul's 59-51 Arena Football League win at the Wachovia Center.

Unbeaten Soul praise unsung defense
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Soul have scored more than 60 points in each of their four games this season, and that makes it easy to downplay the defense's role in the team's 4-0 start.

AFL QB has rooting interest in 'American Idol'
MLive.com
Colorado Crush quarterback John Dutton has a special rooting interest in the outcome of the seventh season of Fox's "American Idol" series.

Philadelphia's Jackson goes for 12,000 yards on Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Saturday
AFL Press Release
Philadelphia Soul WR CHRIS JACKSON can become the fourth player in AFL history to amass 12,000 career receiving yards when the Soul (4-0) welcome the Tampa Bay Storm (2-1) to Wachovia Center on Russell Athletic ESPN Arena Football Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. ET (ESPN2 HD, ESPN360.com).

Breaking it down – 2008 Week Four
Andy Lopusnak, ArenaFan.com
Four weeks down, thirteen left until the playoffs. Here are some interesting notes, stats and breakdowns from this past weekend’s AFL games.

Jackson has huge game for the Soul
Los Angeles Times
It's not as if the Avengers didn't know what Chris Jackson could do to an opponent. Jackson played for the Avengers for five seasons and caught 157 touchdown passes.

Soul start life minus Graziani
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Soul figure to face their toughest test of the young Arena Football League season when they rely on backup quarterback Matt D'Orazio to lead the way in a road matchup against the Los Angeles Avengers at the Staples Center.

D'Orazio out to sustain Soul's momentum
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tony Graziani was supposed to be firing touchdown passes to Chris Jackson in Los Angeles tonight for the first time since the heralded twosome left the Avengers after the 2004 season.

Breaking it down - 2008 Week Three
Andy Lopusnak, ArenaFan.com
With Week Three of the 2008 Arena Football League season in the books, here are some breakdowns of this past week’s AFL action based on interesting statistical and historical notes, weekly leaders and other things from each game.

What can Brown do for Soul? Ignite them
Philadelphia Inquirer
Soul coach Bret Munsey doesn't think most fans would recognize Mike Brown without football gear. On the field, that's a different story.

Defensive back Brown helps Soul get off to fast start
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Two games does not make a season, but there can be little denying the Soul have lived up to the expectations of the players and coaches.

Soul defeat the Rush
Philadelphia Inquirer
Instead of holding back, or getting called for holding again, the Soul responded with a second-half punch for a 60-49 victory against the Chicago Rush yesterday at the sold-out Allstate Arena to remain undefeated. No one slugged harder than cornerback Mike Brown, who picked off Rush quarterback Sherdrick Bonner on back-to-back third-quarter plays.

Soul score eight touchdowns in victory over Chicago Rush
Philadelphia Daily News
With Chicago defenders bearing down during the second quarter of yesterday's Arena Football League game against the Rush, the last thing Soul veteran Mike Brown was expecting was a 54-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Brown too much for Rush
Chicago Daily Herald
The Philadelphia Soul's Mike Brown estimated he ran about 75 yards during his second-quarter, 54-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Sunday against the Chicago Rush.

Week 1 Power Poll Rankings
Bleacher Report
Here is the first power rankings going into week 1 of the Arena Football season.

Soul season ready to kick off
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Soul begins its fifth Arena Football League season Saturday night amid high hopes that the team is equipped to make a strong run for an Arena Bowl championship.

Jackson, Soul take aim at title
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Chris Jackson has traveled many miles and he's accomplished a lot of things since leaving his childhood home in Morrisville, Pa., in Bucks County.

NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Eleven
Texas Prep Sports
Chris Jackson, the key member of Washington State’s fabled Fab-5 receiving corps in 1997, has signed a two year contract with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.

The OSC Interview: Philadelphia Soul WR Chris Jackson
Fran Stuchbury, OurSports Central
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 high

Jackson signing gives Graziani, Soul a potent weapon
Philadelphia Daily News
Soul wide receiver Chris Jackson yesterday was introduced amid a number of news cameras, a gaggle of VIP ticketholders and several baskets of crab fries. And, oh, yeah, a certain recognizable rock star.

Soul lands big-time receiver as Force's Jackson signs 2-year deal
Philadelphia Daily News
The Soul's signing of free-agent wide receiver Chris Jackson is the Arena Football League equivalent of when the Eagles added Terrell Owens.

Bucks County native Chris jackson signs with Soul
Philadelphia Soul Press Release
Jackson (6’2’’, 220, Washington State) joins the Soul after playing with the Georgia Force for the past two and a half seasons. A 2007 All AFL 1st Team member, Jackson is expected to have a major impact for the Soul. He is entering his ninth season in th