Former Alabama State quarterback Tarvaris Jackson passed away last weekend due to injuries suffered in a car accident near his home in Pike Road, Ala.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jackson family during this tragic time,” Alabama State Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jennifer Lynne Williams said. “He affected so many in this community with his willingness to serve and teach the game of football to the youth in Montgomery. A humble young man, he will be truly missed and will be remembered as one of the true legends of Alabama State football.”
Jackson started his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas before transferring to Alabama State in 2003. Jackson was a standout college athlete, completing 516 passes in 955 attempts for 7.397 yards. He also threw for 64 touchdowns and rushed for 11 touchdowns.
While at Alabama State, Jackson was named team captain his senior season and was selected as an All-SWAC performer in 2005. He led Alabama State to the SWAC Championship game after winning the East Division in his time as a Hornet.
Jackson was drafted in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006, and played for the Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills.
He played for the Seattle Seahawks when the team won Super Bowl 48 during the 2013-2014 season. He accumulated 45 career touchdowns while playing in the NFL.
Jackson returned to his alma mater as an offensive quality control coach in 2018 after a 10-year career in the National Football League.
In 2019, Jackson served as the quarterbacks coach at Tennessee State University.
“My heart is so heavy with hurt hearing of the passing of Coach Jackson,” said TSU Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips. “We were blessed with him for a short time but he did make an impact with our young men in this one season at TSU.
He mentored TSU quarterback Cameron Rosendahl to one of the better seasons in Big Blue history. The senior signal caller set a program record for completions in a season (241) and became the fourth player at TSU to throw for over 3, 000 yards. Rosendahl’s 3,023 yards is the second highest total in a single season at Tennessee State.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jackson family in this time of bereavement,” said TSU Head Coach Rod Reed. “We are devastated. He was an awesome young man and he will be missed by our players, our staff and the TSU family.”
Jackson leaves behind his wife, Lakitta Jackson, and three children: Tarvaris, Takayla and Tyson.