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Keith Jerome Jackson (born April 19, 1965) is a former professional American football tight end who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (19881991), Miami Dolphins (19921994), and Green Bay Packers (19951996).

Keith Jackson
No. 88
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1965-04-19) April 19, 1965 (age 54)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Little Rock (AR) Parkview
College:Oklahoma
NFL Draft:1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:441
Receiving Yards:5,283
Touchdowns:49
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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Early yearsEdit

Jackson was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Little Rock Parkview High School and garnered All-State team honors on offense (tight end) and defense (safety). He was named to the 1983 Parade All-American Team. In 2011, Parade named Jackson to the Top Parade All-America High School Football Players of All Time.[2]

College careerEdit

Jackson played for the University of Oklahoma from 1984 to 1987, where he was nicknamed "Boomer Sooner". He assisted the Sooners to a 42-5-1 record in his four seasons and a national championship in 1985. He caught a total of 62 passes for 1,407 yards, at an average of 23.7 yards per catch, and was a College Football All-America Team selection in 1986 and 1987. In the 1986 Orange Bowl, the national championship, Jackson caught a 71-yard pass from Jamelle Holieway for a touchdown, which would be the first of his team's two touchdowns in the Sooners' victory over Penn State. Jackson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He was later voted Offensive Player of the Century at the University of Oklahoma. He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi.

Professional careerEdit

After being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988, Jackson recorded 81 receptions for 869 yards, and 6 touchdowns in his first season, along with seven catches for 142 yards in the Eagles' only playoff game that year, and won the NFC Rookie of the Year award. The Eagles team record of 869 receiving yards in Jackson's rookie season was broken by DeSean Jackson in 2008, who also became the first rookie since Keith Jackson to lead the team in receptions.[3] The two are not related.

In his nine seasons, Jackson made the Pro Bowl five times (1988–1990, 1992, 1996). In his final season, Jackson made 40 receptions for 505 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns, assisting the Green Bay Packers to a 13-3 record and a win in Super Bowl XXXI.

Jackson finished his career with 441 receptions for 5,283 yards and 49 touchdowns.

During his career, every time he had a highlight on NFL Primetime ESPN anchor Chris Berman would make reference to his famous name by imitating the voice of sports broadcaster Keith Jackson.

After footballEdit

Jackson was a color commentator on radio broadcasts for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but is now retired. His eldest son, Keith Jackson, Jr., played defensive line at Arkansas and was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 2007 NFL Draft. His younger son, Koilan, is currently a wide receiver at Arkansas. Jackson is not related to the ABC sportscaster of the same name.

In November 2012, Jackson was named as a 2013 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, presented each year to six distinguished former college student-athletes on the 25th anniversary of the completion of their college sports careers.[1]

Jackson is also the founder of P.A.R.K., Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids, a non-profit organization and an outreach program for inner city youths in Little Rock.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "NCAA announces Silver Anniversary Award winners" (Press release). NCAA. November 8, 2012. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.
  2. ^ "Top PARADE All-America High School Football Players of All Time, Keith Jackson". Parade magazine. December 22, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Eagles Media Guide – Desean Jackson". Philadelphia Eagles. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2009.

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