Thomas "Tom" Jackson
also referred to as "TJ" or Tommy (b. April 4, 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio
) is an NFL
analyst for ESPN
and a former Pro Bowl linebacker
for the Denver Broncos
Jackson attended the University of Louisville
, where he was coached by current college football analyst Lee Corso
. During his college career, he was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference
player of the year selection.
Jackson was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 1973 NFL Draft
. He enjoyed a 14-year career in Denver
where he was a three-time Pro Bowl
selection, a two-time All-Pro selection, and was voted Denver's Most Inspirational Player six times by his teammates. He also assisted the team to Championship appearances in Super Bowl XII
and Super Bowl XXI
. Jackson was one of only four players to play for the Broncos in both of the aforementioned Super Bowls, played 9 years apart. Jackson finished his career with 20 interceptions, which he returned for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns, and 8 fumble recoveries, which he returned for 104 yards. He also recorded 13 sacks (with a season high 5-1/2) as a weak-side blitzer in Denver's 3-4 defense according to Broncos records. Jackson ranks third only to Jason Elam
and John Elway
on the team's all-time list of games played with 191.
, Jackson was inducted in the Broncos' Ring of Fame.
, Jackson joined ESPN studios where he was teamed with Chris Berman
on the network's signature NFL shows, NFL......