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16. Tom Jackson

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16. Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson was a 4th Round Pick from Louisville and considering he spent 14 seasons at Mile High this was undoubtedly a high-value selection.  Jackson started 177 of the 191 Games he played at Linebacker, and he was the soul of the famed Orange Crush defense that reversed the fortunes of Denver and brought them to their first Super Bowl appearance in the 1977 season.  That year Jackson went to his first of three straight Pro Bowls, and in ‘77 he was also a First Team All-Pro.  He was still with the team when they reached their second Super Bowl, making him one of only four players to be in the first two for the team.

The Broncos enshrined Jackson to their Ring of Fame in 1992, and he would become a very successful analyst at ESPN after he retired from the NFL, and dare we say one of the most successful ever as he enjoyed a career spanning from 1987 to 2016.  

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 4th Round, 88th Overall in the NFL Draft 1/30/73.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1986 Season.
  • Games Played: 191
  • Notable Statistics:

    177 Games Started
    20 Interceptions
    340 Interception Return Yards
    3 Interception Return Touchdowns
    8 Fumble Recoveries
    104 Fumble Recovery Yards
    40.0 Quarterback Sacks*
    1 Kick Return
    2 Kick Return Yards
    109 Approximate Value

    10 Playoff Games
    2 Interceptions
    49 Interception Return Yards
    4 Fumble Recoveries
    25 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1.0 Quarterback Sack

    *Sacks were not an official statistic until 1982 but were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1977)
    Second Team All-Pro (1978)
    Pro Bowl (1977, 1978 & 1979)

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