Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has passed away at the age of 36. 😢
Jackson was involved in a deadly single-vehicle crash on Sunday night near his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network broke the news on Monday morning after talking to a spokesperson from Tennessee State University. Jackson was the QB coach for the TSU Tigers football team.
According to Minnesota Vikings' reporter Courtney Cronin and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Jackson was killed when his 2012 Chevrolet Camaro veered off the road, struck a tree and then overturned. Additional details are still being gathered.
During his 10-year NFL career, Jackson played for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills. He retired from the league in 2015, finishing with 45 total touchdowns, 7,899 all-purpose yards and a 78.5 passer rating.
In 2014, Jackson also earned a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks, taking down the Denver Broncos 43-8 at MetLife Stadium. Per NFL analyst Warren Sharp, he was the only backup quarterback to play in a Super Bowl in the last 20 years.
As a collegiate athlete, T-Jack began his career at the University of Arkansas before transferring to Alabama State University in 2003. He later became team captain and led ASU to the SWAC Championship in 2005.
In 2006, he was drafted in the second round by Minnesota, where he played five seasons and started 20 games.
Developing a reputation for his strong arm and sneaky athleticism, Jackson's best season came as a 14-game starter for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, throwing for 3,091 yards and 14 TDs.
Near the time of his retirement, Jackson received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Troy University.
He will be survived by his wife Lakitta Jackson as well as his three children: Tarvaris, Takayla and Tyson.
Here's how Jackson's former teammates, including Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson, and others reacted to news of his death. 💔