|Date of birth: December 6, 1978 (1978-12-06) (age 31)|
|Place of birth: Dayton, Ohio|
|High School: Tampa Catholic High SchoolTampa, Florida|
|Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)|
|College: University of Florida|
|NFL Draft: 2000 / Round: 3 / Pick: 80|
|Debuted in 2000 for the Seattle Seahawks|
|Last played in 2008 for the Denver Broncos|
|Roster status: Inactive|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2008|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Darrell Lamont Jackson (born December 6, 1978) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. Jackson played college football at the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos of the NFL.
Jackson was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1978, one of eight brothers and sisters in his family. He attended Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Florida, where he was a standout wide receiver for the Tampa Catholic Crusaders high school football team. As a senior, Jackson set then-national high school records for career receiving yardage (4,594) and average yards per catch (24.05), and caught a total of 191 passes in three seasons for the Crusaders. He had eighty-nine receptions for 2,087 yards and twenty-eight touchdowns as a junior, and sixty-seven receptions as a senior. In 2007, eleven years after he graduated from Tampa Catholic, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) recognized Jackson as one of the thirty-three all-time greatest Florida high school football players of the last 100 years by naming him to its "All-Century Team."
Jackson received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a wide receiver for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1997 to 1999. He saw limited action as a freshman and sophomore, but he was the Gators' leading receiver as a junior in 1999. During the 1999 season, he had sixty-seven receptions for a total of 1,156 yards (an average of 17.3 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns, and had a memorable three-touchdown outing against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Following his junior year, he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection and a third-team All-American.
Jackson decided to forego his final year of college eligibility, and entered the NFL Draft after his junior season; he finished his college career with a total of 1,501 receiving yards.
The Seattle Seahawks selected Jackson in the third round (eightieth pick overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played for the Seahawks for seven seasons (2000–2006). During the 2004 season, Jackson set a Seahawks franchise record with eighty-seven receptions (broken by Bobby Engram in 2007). On December 18, 2005, he made his first appearance for the Seahawks after returning from an injury that he received playing the Washington Redskins; in this appearance, he helped carry the Seahawks to victory with a touchdown reception.
In Super Bowl XL Jackson tied the record for most receptions made in the first quarter of a Super Bowl with five, tying former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed. Despite his brilliant performance, Seattle lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21–10. He was denied a touchdown catch in the first quarter, due to a controversial offensive pass interference penalty called by back judge Bob Waggoner.
San Francisco 49ersEdit
On April 29, 2007, Jackson was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. On March 14, 2008, after a disappointing 2007 season, the San Francisco 49ers placed Jackson on waivers, making him a free agent.
On April 16, 2008, Jackson signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Denver Broncos. Jackson filled in when called upon and started for the suspended Brandon Marshall in week 1, and the injured Eddie Royal in week 6. Despite being third on the depth chart, he managed twelve receptions for 190 yards (a 16.5 yard average).
Jackson lives in Tampa, Florida, with his three children.