09/22/2011 5:26 PM -

The Jacksonville Sharks announce the return of two 2011 ArenaBowl XXIV Champions to the 2012 roster. Kicker Marco Capozzoli and defensive back LaRoche Jackson are the first two players assigned to the Sharks for the 2012 season on Thursday, September 22, 2011.

Marco Capozzoli (6'1, 210 lbs, Montclair St) returns to the Sharks for his second season in Jacksonville, third season in the Arena Football League. Capozzoli currently holds seven franchise records and finished as a finalist for 2011 AFL Kicker of the Year. In ArenaBowl XXIV, Capozzoli not only contributed to the championship with his leg, he notched a solo tackle and a fumble recovery.

"It's an honor to be par to of such an amazing organization," said Capozzoli about returning to the Sharks. "The coaching staff, medical staff, overall staff and - most importantly - the fans are the absolute best in the league and I wouldn't want to play anywhere else." Capozzoli added, "I did not have the year I had hoped for in 2011 and cannot wait to prove myself to the doubters and continue to please our fans and help bring a second championship home to Jacksonville."

LaRoche "LJ" Jackson (5'11, 195 lbs, Clark Atlanta) returns for his sophomore season in the Arena Football League after a tremendous rookie year. Jackson led the franchise in 2011 with 119 total tackles, a franchise record. Jackson totaled nearly 100 solo tackles while intercepting six passes and breaking up 13 others. Jackson also holds the franchise record for tackles in a single game with 11.

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The ArenaBowl XXIV and back-to-back South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Season tickets for the 2012 season are now available, two tickets as low as $135. To reserve your season tickets or for more information please call (904) 621-0700. Follow the Sharks on facebook at and Twitter @jaxsharks and the Attack Dance Team at