Rickey Jackson

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, Rickey Anderson Jackson, was born on March 20, 1958 in Pahokee, Florida. He is a NFL player who played as a linebacker mostly. Rickey played for New Orleans Saints (1981–1993) and the San Francisco 49ers (1994–1995) while he was in the NFL. He was a part of the four-man linebacking unit known as the "Dome Patrol" for the Saints, which the NFL Network deemed to be the best in league history. While he was with the saints, he had led the team's Dome Patrol linebacker corps. Jackson received a 1997 New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame induction. He is known for his excellent track records and achievements during his age.

Jackson attended Pahokee High School in Pahokee, Florida, where he played basketball and football. As a tight end, he made 188 tackles and caught 21 passes for eight touchdowns. He was selected in 2007 to the Florida High School Athletic Association's All-Century Team, which was made up of the greatest 33 players in the state of Florida's high school football program's century-long history. During his college days, as a senior in 1980, he was selected for the second team All-America and the first team All-Big East. Pitt's defense was considered to be the best in the nation in 1980. Throughout his college career, Jackson had 290 tackles, 166 of which were unassisted. He also finished with 21 sacks, four passes defended, and three interceptions. Jackson won the Sports Illustrated Player of the Week award after his performance against Army in 1980, which included 12 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble, an interception, and a blocked punt. He was selected as the ABC/Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game for the game with Penn State that year.

Jackson was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 1981 NFL Round as the 53rd overall pick out of Pitt. Head coach Bum Phillips oversaw the inaugural draught. In his rookie season, Jackson participated in all 16 games and was selected for the NFL All-Rookie team. He earned first-team All-NFC in 1983, the first of seven NFL seasons in which he would win postseason honors, with six Pro Bowl selections. Jackson joined the 49ers in 1994. With the 49ers that year, he captured his lone Super Bowl victory. Following the 1995 season, he left the NFL.

One day before the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV in 2010, Jackson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year as a finalist. He is the first inductee into the Hall of Fame whose primary qualifications for membership were his efforts as a Saint.











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