March 7, 2014

Veteran receiver Jackson signs with Ottawa Staff

OTTAWA — The Ottawa REDBLACKS have added versatile veteran Canadian wide receiver Paris Jackson to the team roster.

The 33-year-old native of Vancouver played 11 seasons in the CFL with his hometown BC Lions. Jackson has 420 career regular-season receptions for 5,757 yards and 31 touchdowns.

He has also been successful in the playoffs, with 47 catches in 15 playoff games. The Lions won Grey Cups in 2006 and 2009 with Jackson on the roster. In 2006, Jackson had two touchdown catches in the West Final and five receptions for 65 yards in the Grey Cup win over Montreal.

In 2008, Jackson had surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in a season for the first time in his career (1,180 on 76 catches), scored eight touchdowns, and was named to the CFL West Division All-Star squad, along with the distinction of being the Lions’ nominee for the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian award.

Jackson followed with another 1,000-yard receiving season in 2009, catching 76 passes for 1,042 and eight majors.

In college, Jackson attended Butte College in California before transferring to the University of Utah.

He was selected sixth overall in the 2003 CFL Canadian Draft by the Lions.