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Savannah State safety Javorris Jackson, who is the brother N.F.L. veteran Grady Jackson, choosen to play in the East Coast Bowl.


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Savannah State's football team will play its season finale Saturday against North Carolina Central in Durham, N.C., but it won't be SSU senior Javorris Jackson's final game.

Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 216-pound free safety, has been chosen to play in the eighth annual East Coast Bowl on Nov. 29 in Petersburg, Va.

In January, Jackson will move to Atlanta to train for April's NFL draft with his brother, Grady Jackson, a defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons.

Javorris admits the possibility of being drafted by an NFL team is slim. After all, he turned 28 on Nov. 11, and it is doubtful a team would draft a player considered old by NFL standards.

If Javorris is not drafted, he said he will attempt to get a tryout with an NFL team and earn a roster spot as a free agent.

"Getting invited to (a team's training) camp would be a good thing for me," he said. "I will try somewhere to get in. I'll try to find some back door, some crack somewhere, just to get in. There are always ways in."

Javorris remains hopeful because he has proven he can overcome odds.

On July 20, 2002, he was shot twice in the back in Inkster, Mich., about 14 miles from Detroit. He did not know the gunman.

Javorris had purchased juice at a convenience store and was preparing to drive away when a gunman opened fire on him and his cousin, Lamar Middlebrook.

Two slugs hit the left side of Javorris' back. Middlebrook wasn't injured.

Javorris had seven blood transfusions during a seven-hour surgery and was told he would never play sports again.

He spent the next three years rehabilitating.

In 2005 and 2006, Javorris proved doctors wrong. He played for Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn., and signed with SSU in 2007.

Last season, he made a team-high five interceptions, was tied for second in tackles with 74, and he was an honorable mention pick on the Football Championship Subdivision All-America team by the Sports Network.

This season, he is second on the team in interceptions with four, and second in tackles with 71.

SSU coach Robby Wells said the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs have sent scouts to games and practices to evaluate Javorris.

"J.J. brings a lot to the defense," Wells said. "He's a good-sized safety, probably the biggest that I've ever worked with. He's like our quarterback on the defensive side of the football. He sets the tone."

In the East Coast Bowl, Javorris will play for the South team.

"After the bowl game, I'm going to finish school for the semester," said Javorris, who expects to graduate in the fall of 2009 with a bachelor's degree in behavioral analysis. "After that, I'm going to start training in January (for the NFL draft). Grady wants to set some things up with a professional trainer to work on my bad spots and get those better, get me ready. I can't drop off. I've got five months."

Javorris and Grady were raised by their aunt, Wanda Travis, in Greensboro, Ala. After Grady left for Hinds Community College in Raymond, Miss., and later for Knoxville (Tenn.) College, Javorris moved to Southfield, Mich., where his aunt and uncle, Mary and Alfred Hoskins, raised him since he was in the eighth grade.

Grady, a 14-year NFL veteran, is a 6-foot-2, 345-pound starter on the Atlanta Falcons' defensive line.

"It's already proven that players from small schools can make it (in the NFL)," Javorris said. "Guys like Terrell Owens, Shannon Sharpe, Jerry Rice, they all came from small schools and made it."

Man Grady Jackson Brother Javorris Jackson has some interesting measurables and stats...... Jarvorris Jackson is 6'4 216lbs FS/SS..... Thats not all..... In 2007 Jarvorris Jackson produced 74 tackles, 7 pass deflections, 5int......... This year Jarvorris Jackson produced 71 tackles, 7 pass deflections, 4int

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