Former NFL quarterback, Tavaris Jackson has died in a single-car crash in his home state of Alabama. According to USA Today and Alabama police reports, Jackson was driving outside Montgomery, Alabama, at around 8:50 p.m. Sunday. His 2012 Chevrolet Camaro left the road, hit a tree and flipped. Jackson died at a nearby hospital Sunday night.
Tavaris Jackson NFL Career
The Minnesota Vikings selected Tavaris Jackson in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Jackson spent his first five seasons in the NFL with the Vikings. He totaled 3,984 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, 24 interceptions, and a QB Rating of 76.6. In 2011 he signed with the Seattle Seahawks and became the starting quarterback. He recorded his best season as a player totaling 3,091 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. The Seahawks traded Jackson to the Buffalo Bills in 2012. The Buffalo Bills released Jackson in after one season. Jackson returned to the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 and became the backup quarterback to the current Seahawks starter, Russell Wilson. In 2013, the Seattle Seahawks competed in Super Bowl XLVIII and defeated the Denver Broncos, 43-8. Jackson subbed in for Wilson in the fourth quarter and became the first backup quarterback to play in a Super Bowl. The Seahawks released Jackson in 2016.
The Football World Mourns For T-Jack
TJack… you will be missed. Praying for your family…Love you man. 💔
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 13, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of former #Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson.
You will be missed, TJack!
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) April 13, 2020
Life After The NFL
Tavaris Jackson had a run-in with the law in 2016. According to USA Today, he was arrested in Florida, for pulling a gun on his wife, but the charges were dropped. In 2018, Jackson became the assistant coach at his alma mater Alabama State University, and then became the quarterback coach in 2019.
We mourn the lost of Tavaris Jackson and send condolences to his family and friends.
April 21, 1983 – April 12, 2020