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Chris Jackson joins Bears as defensive assistant


Bears coach Matt Nagy on Tuesday announced the hiring of Chris Jackson as a defensive assistant.

Jackson rejoins the Bears after working with them last summer during training camp in conjunction with the NFL's Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Jackson most recently served as receivers coach at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz.

Jackson, who will turn 44 later this month, appeared in three NFL games as a receiver, one contest in three straight years with the Titans in 2000 and Packers in 2002-03. He also spent time with the Buccaneers and Dolphins.

Jackson was a star receiver in the Arena Football League. He was named AFL Rookie of the Year with the Los Angeles Avengers in 2000 and helped the Philadelphia Soul win the league title in 2008 when he caught 140 passes for 1,692 yards and 49 touchdowns. 

Jackson was a two-year starter at Washington State in 1996-97, teaming with quarterback Ryan Leaf. In 1997, Jackson had 54 receptions for 1,005 yards and 11 TDs, helping the Cougars share the Pac-10 championship and earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.