JOHN JACKSON #22
Playing nickname: J²
Hometown: Austin, TX
Years playing: I started out playing at 12 years old with my brother and started in 1998.
Years Professional: 6
First paintball experience:
I played paintball at a friend's birthday party! The party was at Paintball Challenge in Houston, TX. My favorite field was Ghost town and the plywood flat bunker speedball field.
I remember wearing 4 shirts, a pair of jeans and a winter camouflage insulated jumpsuit. I never shot anyone and never got shot but was hooked and have been enjoying paintball for 20+ years now!
Previous team(s) and division(s): My very first team at 15 years older was a 3 man team called Organized Chaos that my brother and I started in 2001. I grew up playing football and running track so finding something else to be competitive was perfect. I didn’t have to be fast or the best athlete at the paintball field to be able to compete.
I always enjoyed the strategy and planning behind competitive paintball, it was more than a physical challenge but also a mental challenge.
We started out playing local 3 man Division 3 tournaments in 2002, then playing national level events until the team ended in 2007 playing Division 2 NPPL 7 man events when college and jobs took over.
In 2009 a local Houston team was starting out by the name of VcK and our friends were all playing so naturally I got back into playing.
I played for VcK starting out in Division 2 and ended up starting out as the team coach and ended up playing through the last year. The team earned a pro spot after a few years of hard work and competed at the pro level until the team disbanded in 2014.
In 2015 I joined team AC: Dallas with a handful of the Houston VcK players.
I played for AC: Dallas with well known players such as Matt Jackson, Ryan Hall, TJ Danner and Brad Mcurley to name just a few.
After 5 years on AC it was time to play for my first out of state pro team and not on the same team with my brother.
Over the years I have become friends with Chris from DYE as he sponsored my first paintball team in the early 2000s when I was starting out.
Chris reached out to see if I would want to play for the Ironmen and the rest is history!
Current Ironmen Pro Position: I play an anchor on the field such as a 2 or a 3 player. My main roles are to get kills off break and to close games while communicating effectively.
Proudest paintball moment: Proudest moment was signing my first autograph at a local field in Houston after going Pro. The coolest feeling ever and it never gets old!
Favorite Drill and other things you work on to stay sharp: My favorite drills are general accuracy drills with both hands. I like to work on my first shot accuracy when I pick up my gun as this is the most important skill when shooting off break.
I am thankful that the local field TXR Paintball in Cypress, TX allows me to come out and do drills on their air all and Hyperball fields.
As a pro player it is important to keep your cardio up as some matches can be very draining physically and mentally. I could do better at this but I make it a priority to do cardio and stretch multiple times a week to keep my body healthy and ready to compete.
Interests outside of paintball: I really enjoy music of all kinds, going out to the local dueling piano bar and learning about finance such as stocks and such.
What vehicle do you drive? Infiniti G37
Top five music artists: Spice Girls, spots 1 through 5
Sporty Spice, Baby Spice, Scary Spice, Posh Spice and Ginger Spice .
Goals for 2021 & beyond: I would like to grow individually as a player and prove to myself I am not just the OBB. I’ve never won an event before, I’ve got to check that one off the list!
What does playing on Team Ironmen mean to you? The Shield and the Ironmen team name are legendary with a mile-long list of some of the best players to ever play the game! To be a part of the history is incredible. I am excited to do my part to keep up the high standard the Ironmen name and the Shield represent. It’s an honor just to know I’m wearing the same Shield that some of the oldest legends to ever play the game wore.
Message to younger players: My message to younger players is don’t ever forget why you started playing. The fun, the thrill, the friendships and memories created will give you the drive you need to play professionally one day of that is your goal!
Always be a good person and role model to the other players around you! Don’t forget, at some point you too were that new kid at the paintball field that had a great time and became hooked forever!
Shoutouts: Thank you to Kyle, Jonathan, Tony, Richie and Jake who I 100% trust and rely on to run my store Pro Edge Paintball while I am away. Without these guys I wouldn’t be able to enjoy competing like I do. Shoutout to Chris from DYE for having me out to tryouts and sponsoring my first paintball team when I was 15 years old. Thank you to the Ironmen squad and coaches for letting me be a part of this team's history.