British Columbia Lions

Paris Jackson - Receiver - 2003-13 - Utah

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Lowell Ullrich - theProvince blog - 21-02-2014

The news value, released on a Friday afternoon, will ultimately make it a footnote in the grand scheme of their off-season rebuilding program, but what Paris Jackson did during his 11 seasons for the Lions at least rates at least a paragraph or two.

The 33-year-old was granted his release by the Lions, marking an end of sorts and the start of another. Jackson was the first player drafted by Wally Buono when the new regime arrived in 2003, and for the first two-thirds of his tenure had the kind of career any Canadian kid could be proud of when it ultimately comes to a close.

The Carson Graham grad had two, 1,000-yard seasons, in 2008-09, but all through his stay grew with the Lions physically and mentally. For outsiders, it was refreshing to see a boy grow into a man. A hothead at some points, a leader at others, Jackson did as he was asked, blossoming as a physically gifted receiver at his peak.

The last three seasons was nothing short of an embarrassment, as the Lions both marginalized his role in the offence and cut his salary. But for the most part, Jackson stayed silent, understanding from watching others over the years how to make a contribution on the field when called upon and act in the locker room.

There was no way he would remain with the Lions after the club drafted S.J. Haidara last season and traded for Kito Poblah a month ago, and Jackson knew it, asking for his status to be dealt with repeatedly the last several weeks. The end came today, or as TSN reported, on Wednesday, when Jackson asked Buono if he was going to be considered part of the offence and requested his walking papers when told once again he wasnít. Itís far too early in the off-season to think he wonít find work somewhere else.

The Lions also announced a contract extension for Dante Marsh, who got the reworked deal through 2015 that Korey Banks couldnít get from the club, but likely isnít also deluded because of what happened to his former teammate that his stay with the Lions through next season is guaranteed.

But as one veteran got to stay, another should at least be saluted for his accomplishments as he leaves.

  

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Paris Jackson   Utah  
  Receiving      
Yr Team C Yds Avg Lg TD
2003 BC 6 85 14.2 35 0
2004 BC 10 138 13.8 28 0
2005 BC 48 617 12.9 40 4
2006 BC 51 634 0.0 49 4
2007 BC 65 962 14.8 64 5
2008 BC 76 1,180 15.5 56 8
2009 BC 76 1,042 13.7 57 8
2010 BC 61 758 12.4 53 1
2011 BC 7 117 16.7 51 1
2012 BC 10 127 12.7 30 0
2013 BC 10 97 9.7 20 0
2014 Ott 6 34 5.7 15 0
  Edm 7 68 9.7 25 0
Total 10 433 5,859 13.5 64 31