Southwestern Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame 1965
Date of Birth: August 31, 1903, Illinois
Date of Death: April 27, 1988, in Lawton, Oklahoma (84 years old)
Altus (OK) Times - Published 04/29/88
Arnold Shockley died while at the Comanche County Memorial Hospital, in
Did you know?
The information above is for Arnold Shockley. He played under the name
Jesse Perry Jackson during the 1928 season for the Providence Steam Roller.
As the story goes, SHOCKLEY got an invitation to try-out for the Boston Bulldogs.
He did not want to try out so J.P. Jackson assumed his identity and did go for a
try-out and made the team.
J.P. Jackson got an invitation to try out with Providence in 1928, but was ill,
so Shockley used his name, and went in his place. He made the team and played the whole
season. In 1929, Shockley, using Jackson's name, came back for another season, bringing
his friend Shockley, who was really Jackson.
The real Jackson (using Shockley's name) was impressive, but played a position that
Providence was already strong in, so they sold him to the Boston Bulldogs, where he
played in 1929.
The real Shockley (using Jackson's name) continued with Providence through 1930. These are
the stories in the Boston and Providence newspapers from that time. I don't think anyone
ever got an invitation to try out for Boston Bulldogs, but J.P. Jackson did play for them.
1928 Providence Steam Roller (NFL)
Southwestern Oklahoma State (Teachers College) University