NORMAN — Former Oklahoma Sooner great Keith Jackson is eligible for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame. Oklahoma fans can now do their part by helping the Sooner great reach the hallowed halls of Canton, Ohio.
The NFL has now opened fan voting for many eligible players. Jackson finds himself among the list of NFL greats.
Jackson was drafted in 1988 by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first-round after playing for Oklahoma from 1984-87. The Little Rock native was voted the NFL’s Rookie of the Year and earned Pro Bowl Honors for each of his first three seasons (including three more seasons in the nineties).
Jackson’s pass catching ability was somewhat held back during his days at OU under Barry Switzer’s wishbone attack. Despite the offensive system, Jackson’s ability was never in question.
The tight-end earned consensus All-American honors in both 1986 and 1987. Jackson caught 62 passes for just over 1500 yards and 15 touchdowns. Every play he made was huge, as evidenced by his 24 yard per catch average.
He saved his best games for the biggest stages. In the 1985 OU-Nebraska showdown in Norman, Jackson took a reverse rush for an 88-yard score.
Later that season, he hauled in a 71-yard touchdown catch from Jamelle Holieway in the Orange Bowl against Penn State. That catch helped the Sooners earn the school’s sixth national championship.
He even notched his name in the Sooner Magic record books with a one-handed snag in Lincoln. Holieway once again found his favorite target for a 41-yard gain. Following the catch, Oklahoma kicked a field goal as time expired to beat the Cornhuskers and earn another Orange Bowl berth.
Jackson’s NFL career was just as decorated.
After playing for the Eagles, he went on to succeed with the Miami Dolphins and earned Pro Bowl honors in 1992 and 1994. He then went on to the Green Bay Packers where he and Brett Favre developed a great chemistry.
In 1996, Jackson caught a career-high 10 touchdown passes with the Packers and helped Green Bay win Super Bowl XXXI.
Jackson retired following the Super Bowl victory. He finished his nine-year NFL career with 441 catches for 5283 yards and 49 touchdowns.
That link once again to vote for Jackson can be found here.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12, in addition to weekly guest spots on “The Franchise Drive” on Tuesdays and “The Franchise Morning Show” on Wednesdays. Brady is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports