Jackson reunites with Graziani, makes Soul title contenders

Chris Jackson's signing with the Soul reunites him with QB Tony Graziani and makes Philly an instant favorite to win the ArenaBowl.

Updated: November 16, 2007, 1:02 PM ET
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They were a smaller version of Showtime. When Chris Jackson and Tony Graziani were together in Los Angeles, they teamed up for 131 TDs in four years. Not exactly Magic and Kareem, but still pretty good.

So when Graziani saw the chance to play with Jackson again, this time in Philadelphia, it didn't take long for the Soul QB to make his pitch.

"Well, you know it wasn't hard for me to sell the organization," Graziani said. "Chris has always been in the back of my mind as someone I wanted to play with again. We've had success in L.A. when we were together and he's the best receiver I've ever played with. We have a good rapport and good chemistry together.

"If I though there was any chance of us reuniting, I was going to give it my all and do anything in my power to get him to Philly."

It worked.

Jackson signed with the Soul earlier this week and gives Graziani the first go-to guy he's had since, well, since he played with Jackson in L.A.

"What we love about the magic of bringing the combination of Batman and Robin, Lennon and McCartney and Jagger and Richards," said Soul co-owner Jon Bon Jovi. "And these two guys are that."

Instantly, they give the Soul one of the league's top playmaking combinations. And don't think the Soul didn't notice that the teams hoisting the ArenaBowl trophy recently each had a dynamic duo.

"With the acquisitions we made this offseason, we're probably going to be looked at as one of the teams that has a chance to win it and that's all you want. We welcome that and we want to be the team to be reckoned with," Graziani said. "With the acquisition of Chris, I think he gets us over that hump. He's the missing piece. Now we have a playmaker outside where if we need a crucial play, he's the guy to get it for us. I'm just excited and I think big things are ahead of us."

And Jackson couldn't be happier.

"I think we could be better than we were in L.A.," Jackson said. "So it was a no-brainer. I just though this is a first-class organization that I wanted to be part of on and off the field with the things they do for players. No one really pursued me like Philadelphia. It feels good to be wanted and this is where I wanted to be as well."