Edwin was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and is the son of Mary and Wesley Jackson. The 8th of 11 children, and the 3rd of 5 boys, Edwin always had siblings to compete with athletically, and to keep him involved in fun youthful activities. He attended Westlake High School, where he excelled as a student, and participated on the football and wrestling teams. After receiving no scholarships coming out of high school, Edwin decided to walk-on to Georgia Southern University’s football team.
Edwin had an impressive football career at Georgia Southern University. He is considered one of the best linebackers in school history, earning the reputation as a run stopping defender, with exceptional pass coverage skills. As a junior in 2013, Edwin totaled a team-best 92 tackles, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery. A highlight game that year featured Edwin posting a team leading 13 tackles in a 26-20 upset win against the University of Florida. In Edwin's senior year, he was voted team captain by his teammates, and recorded a career-high 100 tackles, which ranked in the top-10 of the Sun Belt Conference. He had four games with 13-plus tackles. Edwin’s defensive presence helped Georgia Southern win the Sun Belt Conference Championship in the school's inaugural year competing on the Division 1-FBS level in 2014. He was awarded First Team All-Sun Belt honors.
Edwin began his professional career as an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in June 2015. Although Edwin produced well during his time in Arizona’s training camp and the preseason, he did not make the final 2015 roster. Late in the 2015 season, Edwin was added to the Indianapolis Colts’ practice squad for their final three games. Edwin made the Colts’ final roster during the 2016 season, and started the season playing mostly on specials teams. By midseason, Edwin became the team’s starting inside linebacker through his fierce and passionate play and highlight-making hits. Edwin concluded the 2016 season listed third in tackles (66) for the Colts. Edwin was placed on the team’s injured reserve roster for the 2017 season to rehabilitate an injury, and gear-up for an explosive 2018 season.
Through Edwin’s entire college and professional career, it was his mission to maximize his platform by motivating and inspiring others to reach and achieve their dreams. For example, during one Christmas break in his college years, Edwin and a friend traveled to Costa Rica and held a football clinic for local youth. Edwin also volunteered with the Special Olympics program.
As Edwin moved on to the professional ranks, he continued to inspire through his Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation. Whenever he had a break from football, he was doing community service, hosting a pop-up camp for kids, or sharing his story as a motivational speaker. A highlight for Edwin this past year was sharing his “never giving up story” to a class at Harvard University.
Edwin was a one-of-a-kind son, brother, friend, and football. He will be truly missed by all that crossed his path.
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