Perseverance Pays Off: Eddie Jackson Makes NFL History Almost A Year After Breaking His Leg

Eddie Jackson is the poster boy for perseverance. Not even a year after breaking his leg after an almost career ending kick, Jackson has made NFL history.

On October 22nd, 2016, Bears rookie safety was playing for Alabama when he broke his leg returning a punt against Texas A&M. The injury ended his collegiate career, but that didn’t stop Jackson from pursuing his dream regardless.

Fast forward a year later and Jackson made it onto an NFL team AND had a career game with the Bears against the the Panthers. The 17-3 victory started with a fumble and a 75-yard return touchdown in the first quarter.

Then the All-American followed it up with a 76-yard pick-six in the second quarter:

This effectively made Jackson the first player in NFL history to have two 75-plus-yard defensive touchdowns in one game. The 112th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, had already racked up 23 tackles in six games prior to his stunning performance on Sunday.

After the game on Sunday, Jackson stated credited Alabama for getting him to where he is:

“I’ve dealt with adversity before, and that’s one thing I can credit Alabama on,” Jackson said. “They help you fight through adversity. I’ve been through a lot of stuff in my life, so that was just a minor steppingstone.”

This isn’t the first time Jackson has had to bounce back from injuries before. In April of 2014 he tore his ACL but returned that September, starting 10 games and contributing 41 tackles. Clearly the Bears saw something in this accident prone athlete (which every player is when it comes to football), and that was determination.

“He’s a tremendous young guy, as well as a young player,” coach John Fox said. “I think we saw it early on. We have some good young players on both sides of the ball. Eddie showed those things to the coaching staff and to his teammates early on, and now you all get to see it.”

We’re definitely glad we get to see it now too! Thanks Eddie Jackson, for showing the world that “tough times don’t last but tough people do”.

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