• Brian L. Barefield

Former Teammates And Coaches Mourn The Passing Of Tarvaris Jackson Via Social Media

There has been nothing but positive and emotional words from former teammates, coaches, and executives of Tarvaris Jackson who lost his life in a single-car accident nine days before he was to turn 37 years old. The former NFL quarterback played 10 seasons in the league, his last being with the Seattle Seahawks where he won a Super Bowl ring as a backup to Russell Wilson.

Wilson wasn’t the only person from the Seahawks franchise to send their condolences to the Jackson family. Head coach Pete Carrol also expressed how much he appreciated Jackson during his time with the team.

The Alabama native was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 and played five seasons before becoming a free agent in 2012. During his tenure with the Vikings he was able to learn from one of the legends in the game, Brett Favre. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee talked about his interaction with Jackson when they were teammates back in 2009.

"My time with the Vikings was very special because the team embraced and welcomed me as one of their own," Favre said to team reporter Eric Smith . "Tarvaris could have been anything but welcoming, but [instead he] was pure class and as good a teammate as any I've played with. [I'm] proud to call him friend!! Such sad news."

The Minnesota Vikings also sent out a tweet from the team account on Monday.

Alabama State University head coach Donald Hill-Eley who gave Jackson his first job in collegiate football also took to social media on behalf of the ASU football team to send prayers to Jackson's family.

Another ASU Hornet affected by the sudden and tragic passing of Jackson was Houston Texans first-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Tytus Howard. The second-year offensive lineman was the first ever Hornet to be drafted in the first-round and highest draft pick out of Alabama State since Jackson went in the second-round in 2006.

Howard interacted with the former graduate assistant coach (Jackson) during the 2018 college football season.

Jackson is survived by his wife and three children.

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