With only three days away until the 2016 Michigan football season, we look back at All-American, Marlin Jackson. The Pennsylvania native created success at all three levels of the game. Below are his highlights and achievements:
- He attended and played for Sharon High School.
- Compiled 281 career tackles, 19 tackles for losses, three quarterback sacks, seven forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and 18 interceptions, including four touchdown returns.
- On offense, he had five touchdowns in fifteen attempts, and caught 57 passes for 1,026 yards and 18 touchdowns.
- Earned all-state honors and was the Pennsylvania high school player of the year
- He was picked for the USA Today and Prep Football Report All-American teams.
- He played in the first-ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on December 30, 2000.
- As senior team captain in 2004, he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of American, The Sporting News, and ESPN.
- Jackson finished his career as the second all-time leader among Michigan players in pass breakups.
- Jackson was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 29th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft.
- As an NFL rookie, he had 52 tackles and one interception.
- Marlin played mostly in passing situations with one start in 15 games.
- In his second season, he had 82 tackles and one interception. He started at safety in place of the injured Bob Sanders. Marlin’s career high was a 14 tackle performance against the Houston Texans.
- Jackson was signed to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 10, 2010.
- He played 56 games, had 284 combined tackles and 221 total tackles.
After football, he started and is the current President of the non-profit Fight for Life Foundation. This great organization helps introduce kids to life lessons and coach character qualities that he has learned along the way. More information can be found on www.fightforlife.org.