Eddie Jackson (American football, born 1980)

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Eddie Jackson
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-12-19) December 19, 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth: Plano, Texas
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 184 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Arkansas
Undrafted: 2004
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Eddie Jackson (born December 19, 1980) is an American chef and former football cornerback. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at the University of Arkansas.He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Jackson was also a member of the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Washington Redskins.

College career[edit]

In college, Jackson started 21 of 47 games at both the cornerback and strong safety slots for the University of Arkansas and totaled 174 tackles, 35 passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He also ran the high hurdles for the national champion Razorback track team. Eddie Jackson was also a College All-American in Track and Field where he won four national Titles. He still holds the freshman record for the 110 high hurdles.

Professional career[edit]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

Jackson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers in 2004.

Miami Dolphins[edit]

He spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, and ended his last year on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in a December 25 contest.

Due in part to his injury, Jackson was not tendered a contract by the Dolphins as a restricted free agent.

New England Patriots[edit]

On March 19, 2007, Jackson signed a two-year deal with New England Patriots. The contract contained no signing bonus, and base salaries of $1,510,000 in 2007 and $1,605,000 in 2008. He was released by the Patriots during the 2007 season.

Washington Redskins[edit]

Jackson was signed by the Washington Redskins during the 2008 offseason but was released on June 5.

MasterChef and Food Network[edit]

Jackson accumulated a total of seven wins during the MasterChef competition.[specify] He was eliminated from MasterChef on July 31, 2013 and came in eighth place.[1] On June 7, 2015, Jackson began competing in the eleventh season of the Food Network series Food Network Star.[2] He was declared the winner of the competition on August 16.[3]

Jackson would go on to host the Food Network cooking competition series BBQ Blitz; which consisted of six episodes.[4]He hosted a new cooking competition series for Food Network called Kids BBQ Championship, with Damaris Phillips, also a former winner of Next Food Network Star, (season 9) [5] The series premiered on May 23 and concluded on June 27.[6] He also infrequently serves as a judge on Clash of the Grandmas.[7]


  1. ^ Nogle, Kevin. Former Dolphins DB Eddie Jackson eliminated from Master Chef, The Phinsider, August 1, 2013, Retrieved 2015-06-24
  2. ^ Cash, Rana L. For Eddie Jackson, Food Network Star door swings open after NFL door closed, Sporting News, June 24, 2015, Retrieved 2015-06-24
  3. ^ Cash, Rana L. (August 16, 2015). "Eddie Jackson goes from NFL to "Food Network Star" winner | NFL | Sporting News". Sporting News. Sporting News Media. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "BBQ Blitz Episodes". 
  5. ^ http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/kids-bbq-championship
  6. ^ "Kids BBQ Championship (TV Series 2016– ) - IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Amazon.com. Retrieved May 29, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Food Network to Premiere New Series CLASH OF THE GRANDMAS, 11/13". Broadway World. Wisdom Digital Media. November 13, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 

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