Bobby Jackson (cornerback)

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Bobby Jackson
Date of birth (1956-12-23) December 23, 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Albany, Georgia
Career information
Position(s) CB
College Florida State
NFL draft 1978 / Round: 6 / Pick 141
Career history
As player
1978–1985 New York Jets
Career stats

Robert Charles "Bobby" Jackson (born December 23, 1956 in Albany, Georgia) is a former cornerback for the National Football League New York Jets, retiring with 21 career interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries.


Jackson started at Florida State University and in 1993 was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame.

Jackson once held the all time interception record at FSU, since broken by Terrell Buckley. Jackson also held the single game-punt return average of 45.3 yard per return (minimum three returns) -- a record since broken by Jet star Leon Washington.

Professional career[edit]

His professional career began when he was drafted in the sixth round of the National Football League draft of 1978. He went on to start all 16 games at cornerback his rookie year. He also tied for the team lead with 5 interceptions and was named to the “AFC All-Rookie Team” as a starter.

Jackson was named the Jets' defensive captain in the 1981 season. He also led the team in interceptions 3 other times.

Jackson was named “HBO Defensive Player of the Week” for his play in a game against the Minnesota Vikings in 1982. Jackson scored two touchdowns in the Vikings game, one on an interception and another on a fumble return. One touchdown was 77 yards and the other was 80 yards.

Jackson was named “All Pro” by Pro Football Weekly Magazine.

Jackson was selected to the “All-Time Jet Team” as one of the top three corners in the history of the New York Jets. He had a career total of 21 interceptions.

Personal life[edit]

Jackson has helping develop the professional aspirations of his two sons. The older was drafted by the San Francisco 49’ers and the younger is currently seeking his place in professional football.[1][2]