Harold Jackson (American football)

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Harold Jackson
No. 29
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1946-01-06) January 6, 1946 (age 68)
Place of birth: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Career information
College: Jackson State
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 12 / Pick: 323
Debuted in 1968
Last played in 1987
Career history

As Player

As Coach HC unless otherwise noted

Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1969, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977)
  • All-Pro 1st Team (1973)
  • All-Pro 2nd Team (1972, 1977)
  • All-NFC 1st Team (1972, 1973, 1977)
  • All-NFC 2nd Team (1976)
  • Led NFL in receiving yards in 1969 with 1116
  • Led NFL in receiving yards in 1972 with 1048
  • Led NFL in receptions in 1972 with 62
  • Led NFL in receiving touchdowns in 1973 with 13
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 579
Receiving yards 10,372
Touchdowns 76
Stats at NFL.com

Harold Leon Jackson (born January 6, 1946 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League from 1968 through 1983. Jackson was drafted in the 12th round (323 overall) of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. In 2014 Jackson was hired to serve as head coach at his alma mater Jackson State.

Professional career[edit]

After appearing in only two games during his rookie season, he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and quickly emerged as one of the top receivers in the NFL, finishing the 1969 season with 65 receptions for a league-best 1,116 yards and 9 touchdowns. During his years with the Eagles, Jackson led the NFL in receptions in 1972 and in receiving yardage in both 1969 and 1972.

Prior to the 1973 NFL season, the Eagles traded Jackson back to the Rams for quarterback Roman Gabriel (who was expendable as the Rams had acquired John Hadl). Jackson led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 1973 with 13 and helped the Rams rebound from a 6–7–1 record the previous season to a 12–2 finish that won them the first of 7 straight NFC West Division Championships. Statistically, his greatest NFL game came against Dallas on October 14, 1973 when he caught 7 passes for 238 yards and 4 TDs (this came in the midst of a string of four games in which he caught a total of 13 passes for 422 yards for a 32.5-yard average with 8 TDs).[1] During his career, Jackson was selected to play in the Pro Bowl 5 times. In 1972, he was named 2nd-team All-Pro by the Associated Press (AP), the Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA) and the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and was voted 1st-team All-NFC by the Associated Press (AP), The Sporting News and UPI. He was a consensus 1st-team All-Pro and All-NFC choice in 1973.[2] He was voted 2nd team All-NFC by UPI in 1976, 1st team All-NFC by The Sporting News and UPI in 1977 and 2nd team All-Pro by the NEA in 1977.

In 1978, Jackson was traded to the New England Patriots. Alongside Stanley Morgan, Jackson helped formed one of the NFL's best starting wide receiver duos of the late 1970s/early 1980s. In 1979, Jackson finished with 1,013 yards receiving, 7 touchdown receptions and was second in the NFL in yards-per-catch with an average of 22.5. His teammate Morgan, who was nine years younger than Jackson, was the only one to finish with a higher average that season. Jackson finished out his career by playing one season each for the Minnesota Vikings (1982) and the Seattle Seahawks (1983).

During his career, Jackson had 29 career 100-yard games and three 1,000-yard seasons. At the time of his retirement, only Don Maynard had more career receiving yards than Jackson.[3] He currently ranks 26th in league history in career receiving yardage.[4][5] For the decade of the 1970s, Jackson ranked first in receptions (432),[6] yards (7,724) and receiving touchdowns (61). Despite this, Jackson was not one of the wide receivers selected to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1970s and he has yet to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from professional football, Jackson coached receivers for 10 years in the NFL with New England (1985–89), Tampa Bay (1992–93) and New Orleans (1997–99). In his first NFL season as a coach, the Patriots won the AFC Championship and played in Super Bowl XX. In 1987 he suited for two of the Patriots replacement games, but did not play. Jackson served as the receivers coach at Baylor University.[5] On January 13, 2014, Jackson was named the head coach at Jackson State University.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Jackson State Tigers (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2014–present)
2014 Jackson State 2–3 1–3
Jackson State: 0–0
Total: 0–0
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

College Statistics[edit]

  • 1965: 45 catches for 612 yards
  • 1966: 56 catches for 878 yards with 11 TD

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