64. Harold Jackson

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64.  Harold Jackson
Harold Jackson had two great seasons in Philadelphia leading the league in receiving yards in 1969 and 1973.  It is too bad that Jackson was the only one playing well for those dreadful Eagles teams.

This isn’t to say that Jackson didn’t have good campaigns at other times in his career.  He became a Ram and was part of a very good squad there.  Ironically, he went from being hidden on a bad team to being overshadowed on a fairly good one.  Jackson was a Red Zone Specialist and a deep threat throughout his career.

Harold Jackson’s career numbers are quite good, especially considering that he tallied most of his numbers at a time when Wide Receivers were not setting the NFL on fire.  However, considering he was not selected to the 1970’s All-Decade team, it is hard to see how he can make the Hall; especially considering other great wideouts from the ’70s are still out.

Should Harold Jackson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 77.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 14.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 1989
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Played For: Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks
  • College: Jackson State
  • Drafted: 12th Round, 323rd Pick in 1968
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (5) (1969, 1972, 1973, 1975 & 1977)
    First Team All-Pro Selections (1) (1973)
    Second Team All-Pro Selections (1) (1972)
    Most Receptions (1) (1972)
    Most Receiving Yards (2) (1969 & 1972)
    Most Receiving Touchdowns (1) (1973)
    Most Receiving Yards per Game (2) (1969 & 1972)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (1) (1973)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (4) (1969, 1971, 1972 & 1977)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (5) (1969, 1972, 1973, 1975 & 1979)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (4) (1969, 1973, 1975 & 1977)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Reception (7) (1969, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979 & 1980)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards per Game (4) (1969, 1972, 1973 & 1975)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (1969 & 1973)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards From Scrimmage (1) (1969)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 31.   Yards per Reception: 17.9
    32.   Receiving Touchdowns: 76
    43.   Receiving Yards: 10,372
    73.   Touchdowns: 76
    94.   Receptions: 579
    92.   Yards from Scrimmage: 10,553

Should Harold Jackson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 77.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 14.8%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.3%
Last modified on Monday, 02 March 2020 17:12

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-1 #1 James Dix 2018-07-28 16:01
I'd like some more stats on him, like:
* number of catches for first down (including what % of his total catches were for first down, broken down by the down of the catch)
* dropped ball % (not sure they have it, at least from that era)
I recall Jackson being very good at getting open and very sure-handed, which, if I were a quarterback, would make him extremely valuable.
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