Chris Jackson enters his first season as a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears after being hired on February 12, 2019. Jackson re-joined the Bears after previously assisting the Bears during training camp in 2018 in conjunction with the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship. Before joining the Monsters of the Midway, he served as the wide receivers coach at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz.
Jackson appeared in three games over three seasons as a wide receiver with the Tennessee Titans (2000) and Green Bay Packers (2002-03). He also spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1998), Seattle Seahawks (1999) and Miami Dolphins (2003). He also spent several seasons in the Arena Football League where he was a standout wide receiver and the AFL Rookie of the Year in 2000 with the L.A. Avengers. He helped the Philadelphia Soul to an Arena Bowl XXII championship in 2008, recording 140 receptions for 1,692 yards and 49 touchdowns.
Jackson played collegiately at Orange Coast College in 1995 before transferring to Washington State. In both 1996 and 1997, Jackson was a starter for the Cougars and was considered a favorite target of quarterback Ryan Leaf. In 1997 he recorded 54 catches for 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns, helping the Cougars to a Pac-10 co-championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl. After going undrafted in the 1998 NFL Draft, Jackson signed with the Buccaneers.