Written by Thomas Scott
Montgomery, AL | Around 9 p.m. last night the unthinkable happened. Hometown hero, Tarvaris Jackson’s Camaro veered off the road, crashed into a tree, and ultimately overturned. Jackson was rushed to a nearby hosiptal, but was unable to overcome his injuries and later was pronounced dead.
Tarvaris Jackson’s death was absolutely devasting to his family, the Montgomery community, and seemingly everyone who ever came in contact with him.
In the early 2000s, Jackson stared at Montgomery’s own Sidney Lanier High School. The 6’2, 225 pound quarterback was heavily recruited and eventually signed with the University of Arkansas. Jackson’s career at Arkansas was cut short after two seasons due to injury and lack of opportunity. Interestingly, leaving Arkansas would later be a blessing in disguise.
In 2003, Jackson returned home and became the starting quarterback for the Alabama State Hornets. Finally healthy, Jackson began to flourish for Alabama State. In his first season, Jackson led the Hornets to the SWAC East Division title. One year later, he led the Hornets to a SWAC Championship and was named MVP. In three seasons with Alabama State, Jackson threw for 7,201 yards and 63 touchdowns.
Jackson’s dominance at Alabama State was enough to catch several NFL scout’s attention. In 2006, the Minesota Vikings selected Jackson in the second round with the 64th overall pick. Jackson is the last quarterback from a HBCU to be selected in the NFL draft. In his five years with the Vikings, Jackson threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns.
In 2011, Jackson signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He started 14 games for the Seahawks that season. The following year Jackson mentored Seattle Seahawks latest draft pick, Russell Wilson and would win a Super Bowl as a key reserve. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks organization honored Jackson on social media earlier today.
Jackson retired from the NFL after spending 9 seasons with the Vikings, Seahawks, and Bills. Throughout his career, Jackson was frequently praised for his professionalism and knowledge of the game. Armed with invaluable experience, Jackson returned back to his alma mater as the Quality Control Coach. Most recently, Jackson served as the Quaterbacks Coach at Tennessee State.
Jackson is survived by his wife and three children.