Perry Jackson

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Perry Jackson
Position: End, Halfback, Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1903-08-31)August 31, 1903
Place of birth: Douglas County, Missouri, United States
Date of death: April 27, 1988(1988-04-27) (aged 84)[1]
Place of death: Mountain View, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: Southwestern Oklahoma State
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

J. Parnel Jackson (August 31, 1903 – April 27, 1988) was a professional football player who spent three seasons in the National Football League with the Providence Steam Roller in 1928, 1929 and 1930. Jackson won an NFL championship in 1928 with Providence.

Right name, wrong player?[edit]

According to an article by the Professional Football Researchers Association, Jackson played for the Boston Bulldogs in 1929. However, he was listed as a player on the field named "Arnie Shockley". Jackson, a teammate of Arnie Shockley's from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, used Archie's invitation to try out for Boston. According to Jackson, he was disappointed when he didn't receive an invitation to try out for any professional team after playing college football. However, Arnie Shockley did receive an invitation to try out for the Bulldogs. Shockley decided not to go, and Jackson saw this as an opportunity to try out for a pro team. He went to the camp, assumed the name of his teammate Shockley, and made the team, playing that year under the alias "Arnold Shockley".[2]

The only problem with his story is that Jackson was supposedly playing for the Providence Steam Roller from 1928 to 1930.[3] However, the biography on Arnold Shockley for the SWOSU Hall of Fame states that he played for Providence for four seasons.[4] Also the stats for Perry and Shockley appear to be same.[3][5][6][7] This sets up a controversy to determine which teams Shockley and Perry each respectively played for, especially since Perry is credited with winning an NFL title in 1928. In trying to clear up the mistake in identity of the players, Bob Carroll, also of PFRA, states that the real Jackson, under the alias Shockley, played for Providence, while Shockley, using Jackson's name, played for the Bulldogs.[8]



  1. ^ "Perry Jackson - The Pro Football Archives". 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  2. ^ "OCR Document" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Perry Jackson NFL Football Statistics -". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  4. ^ "SWOSU | Alumni Association | Arnold Shockley". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  5. ^ "Arnie Shockley Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards -". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  6. ^ "Perry Jackson Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards -". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Arnie Shockley NFL Football Statistics -". Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  8. ^ "The name game". Archived from the original on 2001-11-06. Retrieved 2014-04-05.