Michael Jackson (wide receiver)

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Michael Jackson
No. 81
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1969-04-12) April 12, 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth: Tangipahoa, Louisiana
Career information
College: Southern Mississippi
NFL Draft: 1991 / Round: 6 / Pick: 41
Debuted in 1991
Last played in 1998
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Led NFL in Touchdown Receptions in 1996 with 14
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 353
Receiving Yards 5,393
Touchdowns 46
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Dwayne Jackson (born April 12, 1969) is an American former professional football player who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. A 6'4", 195 lbs. wide receiver from The University of Southern Mississippi, Jackson played in eight NFL seasons from 1991-1998 for the Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. Injuries eventually cut his career short and forced him to retire at the age of 29.

In college, he was teammates with QB Brett Favre during the 1989 and 1990 seasons.

He was an immediate contributor for the Cleveland Browns under then head coach Bill Belichick with 3 seasons over 40 catches, 710 yards, and 7 TD. His early career best came in 1993 when he hauled in 41 catches for 756 yards with 8 TD.

In 1993, Jackson changed his name to Dyson. Although, his legal last name was always Dyson, he was partial to using Jackson. He changed his name, when the NFL regulated numbers for positions and forced him to lose number 1 for number 81. After the first week of the season, he changed his name back to Jackson.[citation needed]

In 1996, Jackson was tied with San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tony Martin for most receiving touchdowns in the NFL with 14. He also had career highs with 76 catches and 1,201 yards.

Jackson is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[1] He served as mayor of his hometown, Tangipahoa, Louisiana.

College Statistics[edit]

  • 1989: 19 catches for 267 yards with 4 TD.
  • 1990: 25 catches for 358 yards with 2 TD.

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