Chad Jackson at the Patriots' 2008 training camp
No. 17 Omaha Nighthawks
|Date of birth:March 6, 1985|
|Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama|
|NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36|
|Debuted in 2006 for the New England Patriots|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2008
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Chad Watson Jackson (born March 6, 1985) is an American football wide receiver for the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. He played college football for the University of Florida. He was drafted by the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and has also been a member of the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders of the NFL.
Jackson was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1985. He was a three-year starter at football powerhouse Hoover High School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he recorded 202 receptions for 3,553 yards and forty touchdowns. Jackson also found time to pass and run for twelve more touchdowns and try his hand at free safety. His high school career ended with a 41–3 record and two Alabama Class 6A championships, and he was recognized as a Parade magazine prep All-American.
Jackson also played basketball and ran track before concentrating on football as a senior.
Jackson received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Ron Zook and coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football teams from 2003 to 2005. As a junior in 2005, Jackson started eleven games and appeared in all twelve. He tied the Gators team record for receptions in a single season with eighty-eight, and led the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Jackson was a first-team All-SEC selection, honorable mention All-American, and was one of fifteen semi-finalists for the Biletnikoff Award in 2005. His eighty-eight catches went for 900 yards and nine touchdowns, and he also ran for two more rushing touchdowns. Following his junior season, Jackson declared that he would forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0⅞ in||213 lb||4.32 s||1.51 s||2.56 s||4.03 s||6.74 s||38½ in||10 ft 2 in|
|All results from NFL Combine|
New England Patriots
On the first day of the 2006 NFL Draft, the Patriots traded draft picks with the Green Bay Packers to move up sixteen places (from the Patriots' 52nd to the Packers' 36th) in the second round to select Jackson, giving up a third-round pick (75th overall) acquired in a trade. Jackson played for the Patriots in 2006 and 2007.
Jackson missed the entire 2006 preseason with a hamstring injury; his first NFL game was in Week 2 of the 2006 season against the New York Jets, in which he caught two passes for a total of 42 yards; one of those was a 13-yard touchdown.
In Week 4 he caught two passes for a total of nine yards against the Cincinnati Bengals. His performance was limited due to his nagging hamstring injury. In Week 7, at Buffalo, Jackson recorded his fifth catch of the season, a 35-yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady in the third quarter. A few weeks later, Jackson suffered a groin injury and missed back-to-back games in December. Jackson finished his rookie season with 13 catches for 152 yards, six first downs and three touchdowns, and a hamstring injury.
In the 2006 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts, Jackson suffered a torn ACL and was placed on the Patriots' Physically Unable to Perform list prior to the 2007 season. He was activated from the PUP on November 7, 2007, but was active for only four of the Patriots' remaining games, finishing the season with one catch for 19 yards. Jackson was active for the Patriots' first playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was a healthy inactive for their next two games, the AFC Championship and Super Bowl XLII.
On August 31, 2008, Jackson was released by the Patriots a day after the deadline for cutting rosters down to 53 players.
Jackson was signed by the Denver Broncos on October 27, 2008. During the 2008 season, he played in four games, making one catch for 19 yards and returning 8 kickoffs for a combined 162 yards.
As in 2008, Jackson made the Broncos' 53-man roster as of September 5, 2009, but was released by the Broncos two days later.
On August 6, 2011, Jackson signed with the Oakland Raiders. Jackson was waived on September 3, 2011.
- Florida Gators
- History of the Denver Broncos
- List of Buffalo Bills players
- List of Florida Gators football players
- List of New England Patriots players
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- GatorZone.com, Football History, 2005 Roster, Chad Jackson. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 89, 97, 127, 136, 139, 143–145, 147–148, 152, 159, 182 (2011). Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- "*Chad Jackson, DS #1 WR, Florida". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- National Football League, Current Players, Chad Jackson. Retrieved March 17, 2011.
- Reiss, Mike (2007-02-22). "Jackson out with torn ACL". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-05-18.
- "Bills sign ex-Patriots, Broncos WR Jackson; CB Youboty returns". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-03-31.
- "UFL Transactions". OurSports Central. June 29, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011.