Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson was inducted into the Ring of Fame in 1992. #57 played linebacker for the Broncos for 14 years; from 1973-1986. He is one of the most popular players in the team's history. Now he works for ESPN.

"TJ" was always one of the most popular players among his teammates, who voted him most inspirational player six consecutive seasons (1981-86). He finished his career having played the most games in Broncos history at 191 and still ranks second on that list behind John Elway. He is also tied for third in games started at 177. Jackson is one of only three Broncos to wear the Denver uniform for 14 seasons, joining Dennis Smith (14) and John Elway (16). He made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1977-79 and was named first team All-Pro twice (1977-78). He was also named by his teammates as Denver’s defensive MVP in 1974, '76, and '77. Upon his retirement in 1986, Jackson was tied for first with fellow Ring of Famer Randy Gradishar for the most interceptions in Broncos history by a linebacker with 20, and was fifth on the all-time sack list with 44. Jackson was also a standout performer at Louisville, where he was the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year twice -- as a sophomore in 1970 and as a senior in 1972.
Now: Jackson currently is a reporter for ESPN, and co-hosts the award-winning "NFL Countdown" and "NFL PrimeTime" shows every Sunday during the NFL season, as well as occasional appearances on "Monday Night Countdown."

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