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The 11th Frame: ‘Action’ Jackson: The most interesting man in the bowling world

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Thursday, May 3, 2012 5:00 am

J.T. 'Action' Jackson. Facebook page photo.

When I first heard about J.T. “Action” Jackson I have to admit I was skeptical.

Either his story had to be exaggerated or his bowling ability had to be exaggerated.

But it turns out that neither is, and while the claims of some that he could be the Tiger Woods for bowling are ridiculous — not even Tiger Woods could be the Tiger Woods of bowling — I declare that he is the most interesting man in the bowling world.

So much so that I hope our paths cross at some point so I get the chance to meet him.

If you don’t know Jackson’s story, the odds are you do know him. Or at least have seen him.

That’s because Jackson is an actor who has appeared in numerous national TV commercials, including one with Charles Barkley for CDW, as well as TV series and a recent independent film.

Details are in this PBA news release.

Jackson also is a PBA Regional champion in the West region who bowled in last month’s Tournament of Champions. And trust me, you have to be a good bowler to win a PBA Regional title.

He struggled a bit in the TOC but he’s not the first to do that.

“I was lost last year, but I’m constantly learning,” Jackson, 35, said in the PBA release after competing in his second straight TOC. “My main focus lately has been learning more about the layouts for drilling. I’m also continually working on my arsenal of equipment so I can take advantage of the best times of when to use plastic, urethane or resin.”

Here is a YouTube video of Jackson rapping about bowling. 

The amazing part of Jackson’s story is how he got into bowling.

According to the PBA release, “Jackson began bowling in 2003 when he, comedian Kevin Hart and several other comedians went bowling for a night of fun which quickly turned into some ‘action bowling’ for $20 a frame. From that point, he earned his nickname and bowling became a passion which resulted in his first PBA regional title in 2010.”

That means he was in his mid-20s when he took up the sport and managed to find the time to get good enough to win a PBA title, even while pursuing a career in a brutally competitive field that requires absolute dedication to succeed.

That, my friends, is interesting.