Bernard Jackson (defensive back)

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Bernard Jackson
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Jackson playing for the Broncos in Super Bowl XII
No. 23, 29, 26
Position: Safety, Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1950-08-24)August 24, 1950
Place of birth: Washington, D.C.
Date of death: May 26, 1997(1997-05-26) (aged 46)
Place of death: Lompoc, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 178 lb (81 kg)
Career information
High school: Dorsey (CA)
College: Washington State  (1970–71)
Pierce College       (1968–69)
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 4 / Pick: 81
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 118
Interceptions: 17
Player stats at

Bernard Frank Jackson (born August 24, 1950 – May 26, 1997) was an American football defensive back who played for three National Football League teams. He was the 81st pick in the 1972 NFL draft, selected by the Cincinnati Bengals as a defensive back. After five years, he was traded to the Denver Broncos in March 1977,[1] and was a starter, including Super Bowl XII.[2]

College career[edit]

As a collegiate player at Washington State in the Pac-8, Jackson was a running back and kick returner for head coach Jim Sweeney[2][3][4][5][6] During his senior season in 1971, he rushed for 1,189 yards on 177 attempts (6.7 avg, 1st in Pac-8)[7] and was named to the All-Coast team.[5]

A 1968 graduate of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, he had dreamed of playing for the USC Trojans, but was just 160 lb (73 kg) and began his college career at Pierce College in Los Angeles.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Denver Broncos[edit]

Jackson was traded to the Denver Broncos in March 1977. In his first season with the Broncos, they earned an appearance in Super Bowl XII. Jackson started the game. The Broncos lost to the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 27-10.

Injured with a muscle bruise for much of the 1980 season, he was waived in late November by Denver and picked up by the San Diego Chargers.[8]


He died of liver cancer at age 46 in Lompoc, California,[2] and is buried at its Evergreen Cemetery.


  1. ^ "Jackson traded to Broncos". Southeast Missourian. Cape Girardeau. Associated Press. March 17, 1977. p. 16. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ex-Cougar Football Player Jackson Dies". Seattle Times. May 28, 1997. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Bruce (September 30, 1971). "Desire to hit is costly sometimes". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 27. 
  4. ^ "Jackson tabbed star of the month". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. October 12, 1971. p. 19. 
  5. ^ a b Brown, Bruce (February 2, 1972). "SWAB victors go east". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 29. 
  6. ^ Missildine, Harry (January 15, 1978). "Two paths to the Super Bowl". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. D1. 
  7. ^ "Bernard Jackson". Sports Reference. College football. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Broncos waive Bernard Jackson". Tuscaloosa News. Alabama. Associated Press. November 27, 1980. p. 23. 

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