Inside The Bills

Fred Jackson on his vision and balance

Posted by johnmurphyshow on October 30, 2012 – 8:00 pm

Just when you think you know the whole story of Bills running back Fred Jackson, along comes a couple of interesting notes on his background.

Jackson appeared on The John Murphy Show Tuesday night, and he shed some light on his ability to spot holes quickly with the ball in his hands, and his ability to stay on his feet after being hit.

On his vision, Jackson says his two seasons in the United Indoor Football League helped him develop the vision a top running back needs.

“Vision has something to do with playing in the indoor league,” he said on the radio show.  “You had to find small creases in that game as a running back.  Everybody’s right there on a fifty yard field, it’s so small. I think that helped fine tune my vision.”

The color man on the Bills Radio Network, Mark Kelso, constantly praises Fred Jackson for his ability to get yards after the initial hit, citing his “contact balance.”  And Jackson says that balance is the result of childhood horseplay with his identical twin brother, Patrick.

“That just comes from me and my brother picking on each other growing up,” he said.  “We were able to fine tune that.  Every now and then, we would try to sneak up on each other and knock each other down.  I would be walking  through the kitchen, and he would jump off a couch and try and tackle me.  I think that has something to do with it.”

The John Murphy Show airs weeknights from 7-9pm on the flagship station of the Buffalo Bills, WGR Sports Radio 550.


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