Edwin Jackson, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, passed away unexpectedly on February 4. How did Edwin Jackson die? We’ve got details on his untimely death here.
While football fans were getting psyched for Super Bowl Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts were struck by devastating news. Colts player Edwin Jackson passed away in the early hours on February 4 in a traffic accident. Find out all about this tragedy that hit the NFL in Edwin Jackson’s wiki here.
Who Is Edwin Jackson?
Edwin Joseph Jackson, born on December 19, 1991, was a high school letterman in football and wrestling. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He played the positions linebacker, punter, and kicker in football. But in truth, he was Westlake High School’s wrestling star.
Jackson was a finalist at the 5A Georgia High School State Championship in wrestling at the 189 lbs. weight division. In his junior and senior years, he won regional championships in wrestling.
In college, Jackson opted for football. He was a tryout walk-on for the Georgia Southern University’s football team. His impressive tackle skills earned him the spot as a starting middle linebacker in junior year.
During his junior season, he built a team-best 92 tackles, 2.0 sacks, and a fumble recovery in 11 games. One of the highlight games that year saw him leading his team to victory against the University of Florida. He was named the College Sports Madness Southern Conference Player of the Week for that particular game.
He was voted team captain in senior year and made many records in the team’s history. In Georgia Southern’s inaugural game in the NCAA Football Championship Series, he was instrumental in winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship of 2014. His exemplary collegiate career earned him several honors and titles.
Rising NFL Career
On May 5, 2015, Jackson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals. He was released that same year after competing in the preseason games with the Cardinals.
He wasn’t without a team for long. The Indianapolis Colts signed him to their practice squad on December 5, 2015. He was released a few days later and then resigned in that same month.
He started 2016 signing a reserve/future contract with the Colts. He played in all 16 games of the 2016 season, with 8 starts and recording a total of 66 tackles. The 2017 season saw him placed on injured reserve.
Jackson beat all odds to play professional football. It’s rare for a non-scholarship collegiate player to start as an inside linebacker in the NFL.
How Did Edwin Jackson Die?
26-year-old Jackson was one of two people killed in a road accident on Sunday. According to reports, Jackson and another person were standing outside their car alongside a highway in Indianapolis when a driver struck them.
Police reports say that the NFL player and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe were standing along the Interstate 70’s westbound lane. A black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and hit them. The accident occurred around 4 am on Sunday.
Shortly after the tragic crash, the Indianapolis Colts released a statement breaking the news. “We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing. Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization,” read the statement.
Jeffrey Monroe was Jackson’s Uber driver, the company confirmed. He was a native of Indiana. According to the police, he stopped the car when Jackson was feeling unwell. He stepped out of the car to assist the footballer.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 37-year-old Indianapolis man, reportedly tried to flee the scene on foot. However, he was quickly captured. He is suspected of driving while drunk and also without a license.
Loved by All
As ferocious as Jackson was on the gridiron, he was said to be a teddy bear outside of it. Within the NFL, he was called Edwin “Pound Cake” Jackson who loved everyone and was loved by everyone. Many remember him for having a perpetual smile on his face.
He earned his nickname when he missed a pre-draft visit to the Arizona Cardinals. His flight was rescheduled, and he knew he was bound to be late for his appointment. To make up for his tardiness, his supportive mother, Mary Jackson, whipped up her famous mini pound cakes that he would later hand out to the coaching staff as an olive branch.
“I get there and we sit down and they were really mad at me,” Jackson once said, “They don’t know who I am. That was my first impression. So, I reach in my bag and pull out the cakes. It’s like the (aroma) went right into their noses. I said, ‘These are homemade, South Georgia pound cakes.’ And I gave one each to the whole defensive staff. They loved them.”
The pound cakes did their trick, and he was signed. By first practice, the nickname stuck.
In high school, he was lauded for his community service along with his athletic and academic achievements. He volunteered at a local elementary school and hosted a football clinic for children in Costa Rica during his Christmas break. His services got him nominated for All State Good Works Team.
Condolences continue to pour in for Edwin Jackson. His teammates fondly remember him for his infectious smile and liveliness.