Tom Jackson
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Tom Jackson

Position:
Linebacker

Years:
1970-72


Tom Jackson spent three seasons as a linebacker for the Cardinals leading the team in tackles all three campaigns and earning all-Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors in 1970 and 1972.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jackson played all three seasons under the watchful eye of the colorful Lee Corso as the Cards posted a 23-7-2 mark in Jackson's three seasons as an active player.


Following his collegiate career, Jackson was selected in the fourth round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He turned out to be one of the biggest draft day steals in history.

For the next 14 seasons, Jackson would wear the Orange and Blue playing in 191 games overall and starting 179. His 191 career games played is second all-time on the Denver list trailing only John Elway.

Voted onto the Broncos' Ring of Fame in 1992, Jackson earned three trips to the Pro Bowl and was twice named first-team All-Pro.

One of the most popular players in Bronco history, Jackson was recognized by his teammates a franchise record six times as Denver's most inspirational player prior to his retirement in 1986.

He retired fifth on the Broncos' all-time sacks list with 44 and was tied for the franchise lead in interceptions by a linebacker with 20.

Jackson went on to an equally successful stint as a reporter and co-host of ESPN's award-winning NFL GameDay and Primetime shows every autumn Sunday.

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