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Eddie Jackson (safety)

Eddie Jackson (born December 10, 1993) is an American football free safety for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama.

Eddie Jackson
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Eddie Jackson in 2018
No. 39 – Chicago Bears
Position:Free safety
Personal information
Born: (1993-12-10) December 10, 1993 (age 25)
Lauderdale Lakes, Florida
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Boyd H. Anderson
(Lauderdale Lakes, Florida)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 4 / Pick: 112
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2019
Total tackles:160
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:4
Pass deflections:24
Defensive touchdowns:3
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Jackson attended Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. He played defensive back and wide receiver for the football team. As a senior, he had 37 receptions for 792 yards on offense and 66 tackles and five interceptions on defense. Jackson committed to the University of Alabama to play college football under head coach Nick Saban.[1]

College careerEdit

Jackson started his career at Alabama as a cornerback. As a true freshman in 2013, he played in seven games with four starts and had 19 tackles and one interception. Jackson tore his ACL prior to this sophomore season in April 2014 but returned that year to play in 11 games with 10 starts.[2] He recorded 41 tackles, one sack and one interception. Prior to his junior year in 2015, Jackson switched from cornerback to safety.[3][4][5] He played in all 15 games, recording 46 tackles and six interceptions. He was named the Defensive MVP of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship after recording three tackles and an interception against Clemson in a 45-40 victory.[6][7] Jackson broke his left leg against Texas A&M in the eighth week of the 2016 season, ending his year.[8] He finished his injury-shortened senior season with two punt returns and one interception returned for touchdowns, and was named second team all-conference despite only playing eight games.

Professional careerEdit

Coming out of Alabama, Jackson was projected by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts to be a third round pick. He received an invitation to the NFL Combine, but was unable to perform any physical drills during the entire pre-draft process due to the broken leg he suffered in October. He was ranked the fifth best strong safety prospect in the draft by[9]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 38 in
(1.84 m)
201 lb
(91 kg)
32 14 in
(0.82 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
10 reps
All values from NFL Combine


The Chicago Bears selected Jackson in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[10] Jackson was the 13th safety drafted in 2017.

External video
  Bears draft Eddie Jackson 112th overall
  2017 NFL Draft: Eddie Jackson

On May 15, 2017, the Chicago Bears signed Jackson to a four-year, $3.06 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $665,797.[11]

Throughout training camp, Jackson competed against Adrian Amos and Chris Prosinski to be the starting free safety. Head coach John Fox named Jackson the starting free safety to begin the season.[12]

He made his first career start and professional regular season debut in the Chicago Bears' season-opener against the Atlanta Falcons and recorded three solo tackles during the 23–17 loss. On October 22, 2017, Jackson recorded four solo tackles, deflected a pass, made his first career interception, recovered a fumble, and scored two touchdowns during the Bears' 17–3 victory over the Carolina Panthers. He recovered a fumble by quarterback Cam Newton, on the Panthers' first drive, and returned it for a 75-yard touchdown in the first quarter to mark the first score of his career. During the second quarter, Jackson intercepted a pass attempt thrown by Newton, that was intended for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, and returned it for a 76-yard touchdown.[13][14] He earned the NFC Defensive Player of the Week and became the first player in NFL history with multiple 75-plus-yard defensive touchdowns in the same game.[15][16] On December 10, 2017, Jackson celebrated his 24th birthday and recorded an interception, forced a fumble after stripping the ball from A. J. Green, and recovered it during the Bears' 33–7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.[17] In Week 17, he collected a season-high 11 combined tackles (five solo) in the Bears' 23–10 loss at the Minnesota Vikings.[18]

He finished his rookie season in 2017 with 73 combined tackles (55 solo), six pass deflections, two interceptions, two touchdowns, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in 16 games and 16 starts.[19]


Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio returned under new Bears’ head coach Matt Nagy. Jackson and Adrian Amos subsequently retained their roles as the starting safeties in 2018. In Week 2, Jackson recorded three solo tackles, one pass deflection, and made his first career sack during a 24–17 win against the Seattle Seahawks. Jackson sacked Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson for a two-yard loss during the second quarter.[20] He recorded interceptions over the next two games off Arizona Cardinals' Sam Bradford (including a pick-six that was called back for an offside penalty) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Ryan Fitzpatrick.[21][22] On November 4, 2018, Jackson recorded six combined tackles and returned a fumble recovery for a 65-yard touchdown during a 41–9 victory at the Buffalo Bills in Week 9.[23] The following week, he collected a season-high six solo tackles and made two pass deflections during a 34–22 win against the Detroit Lions.

On November 18, 2018, Jackson deflected a pass and returned an interception for a 27-yard touchdown in the Bears’ 25–20 victory against the Minnesota Vikings. Jackson intercepted a pass by Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins, that was intended for wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, during the fourth quarter.[24] The following week, he made three solo tackles, two pass deflections, and returned an interception for a 41-yard touchdown during a 23–16 win against the Detroit Lions.[25] His interception off Matthew Stafford earned the Bears’ a comeback victory and earned Jackson the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.[26] He was also declared the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for his performance during the month.[27]

Against the Green Bay Packers in Week 15, Jackson intercepted Aaron Rodgers to snap Rodgers' record streak without an interception with 402 pass attempts.[28] However, he suffered an ankle injury on the play, forcing him to miss playing time. In his place, Deon Bush started the week 16 game against the San Francisco 49ers.[29] On December 19, 2018, Jackson was named to the 2019 Pro Bowl roster.[30] Jackson was inactive for the last two games due to an ankle injury (Weeks 16–17) and finished the season with 51 combined tackles (41 solo), 15 pass deflections, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, and three touchdowns in 14 games and 14 starts.[19]

He received an overall grade of 93.2 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the best grade among all qualifying safeties.[31] Jackson was also named to first-team All-Pro along with teammates Khalil Mack, Kyle Fuller, and Tarik Cohen.[32]


Jackson in a game against the Denver Broncos

Jackson made his return from injury in week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. In the game, Jackson made 2 tackles as the Bears lost 3—10. [33] In week 2 against the Denver Broncos, Jackson recorded 10 tackles as the Bears won 16–14. [34] In week 3 against the Washington Redskins, Jackson recovered a fumble forced by teammate Danny Trevathan in the 31–15 win. [35] In week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson recorded a team high 11 tackles in the 22–14 loss. [36] In week 11 against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football, Jackson forced a fumble on running back Todd Gurley II which was recovered by teammate Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the 17–7 loss. [37]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sk PD Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2017 CHI 16 16 70 53 17 0.0 6 2 82 41.0 76T 1 1 3
2018 CHI 14 14 51 41 10 1.0 15 6 81 13.5 41T 2 2 1
Career 30 30 121 94 27 1.0 21 8 163 20.4 76 3 3 4


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