Robert Jackson (linebacker)

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Robert L. Jackson
Date of birth: (1954-08-07) August 7, 1954 (age 60)
Place of birth: Houston, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: Texas A&M
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Organizations
As player:
1977-1981
1982
Cleveland Browns
Atlanta Falcons
Career stats
Playing stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Robert Lee Jackson (born August 7, 1954 in Houston, Texas), nicknamed "Stonewall",[1] is a former National Football League (NFL) linebacker. He starred for Texas A&M University, then played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons between 1977 and 1982.

Career[edit]

Jackson attended Texas A&M University and was a consensus College Football All-America Team linebacker and a Lombardi Award finalist for the Aggies in 1976. He was a first-round selection of the Cleveland Browns in the 1977 NFL Draft.[2]

Jackson missed his entire rookie season after a preseason knee injury.[3] He suffered another knee injury in the 1978 preseason, but he still appeared in 14 games that season.[4][5] He was a regular starter for Cleveland in 1980 and 1981, starting 14 games in each season.[5] In 1981, Cincinnati head coach Forrest Gregg referred to Jackson as the dirtiest player in the NFL.[1]

In April 1982, Jackson was traded to the Denver Broncos, but he was waived before the regular season. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons that September.[1] Jackson's career concluded that year with five appearances for the Falcons.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c ""Dirty" Jackson Signs with Falcons". The Times-News. September 14, 1982. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Robert Jackson '76, Football". Texas A&M Lettermen's Association. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Browns Lose Top Rookie". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 29, 1977. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jackson Reinjures Knee". Toledo Blade. July 20, 1978. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Robert L. Jackson NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 5, 2013.