Keith Jackson
No. 88
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1965-04-19) April 19, 1965 (age 59)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Parkview (Little Rock)
College:Oklahoma (1984–1987)
NFL draft:1988 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:5,283
Player stats at · PFR

Keith Jerome Jackson (born April 19, 1965) is an American former professional football player who was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles (19881991), Miami Dolphins (19921994), and Green Bay Packers (19951996). He played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners.

Early years

Jackson was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended Little Rock Parkview High School and garnered All-State team honors on offense (tight end) and defense (safety). He was named to the 1983 Parade All-American Team. In 2011, Parade named Jackson to the Top Parade All-America High School Football Players of All Time.[1]

College career

Jackson played for the University of Oklahoma from 1984 to 1987, where he was nicknamed "Boomer Sooner". The Sooners had a 42–5–1 record in his four seasons and won a national championship in 1985. Jackson caught a total of 62 passes for 1,407 yards, at an average of 23.7 yards per catch, and was a College Football All-America Team selection in 1985, 1986, and 1987.[2][3][4]

In the 1986 Orange Bowl, played for the national championship, Jackson caught a 71-yard pass from Jamelle Holieway for a touchdown, the first of his team's two touchdowns in the Sooners' victory over Penn State.

Jackson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001. He was later voted Offensive Player of the Century at the University of Oklahoma.

He is also a member of Omega Psi Phi.

Professional career

After being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft,[5] Jackson recorded 81 receptions for 869 yards, and 6 touchdowns in his first season, along with seven catches for 142 yards in the Eagles' only playoff game that year, and won the NFC Rookie of the Year award. The Eagles team record of 869 receiving yards in Jackson's rookie season was broken by DeSean Jackson in 2008, who also became the first rookie since Keith Jackson to lead the team in receptions.[6] In 1992, Jackson was part of a lawsuit to challenge the "Plan B" form of free agency (filing the suit in federal court), which let each team protect 37 players in a limited form of free agency. When the lawsuit was ruled in favor of the filers, Jackson was declared a free agent immediately.[7]

Having signed a four-year, $6 million contract in 1992,[8] made his Miami Dolphins debut in a 37-10 win versus the eventual AFC champion Buffalo Bills. Jackson recorded four receptions and 64 receiving yards, including a 24-yard touchdown score.[9]

In his nine seasons, Jackson made the Pro Bowl five times (1988–1990, 1992, 1996). On March 29, 1995, he was traded to the Green Bay Packers for a second round draft pick when Miami signed Eric Green, making Jackson expendable. Initially not happy, he held out until October, crediting Reggie White among other things.[10][11][12] In his final season, Jackson made 40 receptions for 505 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns, assisting the Green Bay Packers to a 13–3 record and a win in Super Bowl XXXI. On March 26, 1997, he announced his retirement, stating that he had noticed his skills were starting to decline but also noting that the win influenced him to retire on top.[13]

Jackson finished his career with 441 receptions for 5,283 yards and 49 touchdowns, with the latter category being 3rd most among tight ends when he retired.

During his career, every time he had a highlight on NFL Primetime, ESPN anchor Chris Berman would make reference to his famous name by imitating the voice of sports broadcaster Keith Jackson.

In 2022, the Professional Football Researchers Association named Jackson to the PFRA Hall of Very Good Class of 2022.[14]

After football

Jackson was a color commentator on radio broadcasts for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but is now retired. His eldest son, Keith Jackson, Jr., played defensive line at Arkansas and was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the 2007 NFL Draft. His younger son, Koilan, played wide receiver at Arkansas; however announced his retirement from college football (due to injuries) on August 25, 2021.

In November 2012, Jackson was named as a 2013 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, presented each year to six distinguished former college student-athletes on the 25th anniversary of the completion of their college sports careers.[15]

Jackson is also the founder of P.A.R.K., Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids, a non-profit organization and an outreach program for inner city youths in Little Rock.


  1. ^ "Top PARADE All-America High School Football Players of All Time, Keith Jackson". Parade magazine. December 22, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "All-America". Akron Beacon Journal. December 10, 1985. p. D2.
  3. ^ "AP All-America Football Team". Florida Today. December 5, 1986. p. 5C.
  4. ^ "College All-Americans". The Call-Leader (Elwood, IN). December 3, 1987. p. 9.
  5. ^ "1988 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved September 23, 2023.
  6. ^ "Eagles Media Guide – Desean Jackson". Philadelphia Eagles. Archived from the original on August 25, 2009. Retrieved August 10, 2009.
  7. ^ "How a former Eagles star helped pave the way for NFL free agency". NBC Sports Philadelphia. March 9, 2022. Retrieved February 12, 2024.
  8. ^ 100 Things Dolphins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Armando Salguero, Triumph Books, Chicago, 2020, ISBN 978-1-62937-722-3, p.174
  9. ^ 100 Things Dolphins Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Armando Salguero, Triumph Books, Chicago, 2020, ISBN 978-1-62937-722-3, p.175
  10. ^ "Packers Acquire Tight End Jackson From Miami Dolphins | The Spokesman-Review". Retrieved February 12, 2024.
  11. ^ "Keith Jackson reports to Packers*". UPI. Retrieved February 12, 2024.
  12. ^ "JACKSON WARMS UP TO GREEN BAY". Washington Post. January 7, 2024. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved February 12, 2024.
  13. ^ "Jackson Announces Retirement". The Oklahoman. Retrieved February 12, 2024.
  14. ^ Professional Football Researchers Association. "PFRA's Hall of Very Good Class of 2022". Retrieved July 19, 2022.
  15. ^ "NCAA announces Silver Anniversary Award winners" (Press release). NCAA. November 8, 2012. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2013.