JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former National Football League (NFL) wide receiver, Willie Bernard Jackson, Jr. was officially named the new Athletics Director for Edward Waters College (EWC) by President Nathaniel Glover during a press conference Wednesday, January 14th in the Adams-Jenkins Sports and Music Complex on campus.
Jackson played in the NFL for eight seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. He also played college football for the University of Florida from 1990 to 1993 under coach Steve Spurrier. He later played professionally for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins.
“One of my goals is to make sure with the resources I have, we give our student-athletes the things they need to be successful,” Jackson said to Jacksonville.com. “I was fortunate to go to the University of Florida and didn’t want for anything. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure our student-athletes have the same opportunity I had at Florida. That won’t equate to the same dollar amount, but I’ll do everything I can with the resources I have to help bridge the gap to make sure our student-athletes here at Edward Waters College are afforded the same luxuries and opportunities to have great success in athletics.”
Jackson is replacing Johnny Rembert who retired last July but stayed on in an advisory capacity after a decade of serving as EWC’s Athletic Director. Jackson is the seventh full-time athletic director in the history of Edward Waters College.