When former Philadelphia Eagles starting center Jamaal Jackson was uprooted from his starting status due to injury, and exceptional play by incumbent Jason Kelce, most understood that the Eagles would eventually part ways with the standout veteran. Jackson also no longer fit the Eagles new offensive scheme under new line coach Howard Mudd.
As it turned out the Eagles did just that and believed that Jackson would have no problem landing with another team. Jamaal traveled north to division rival New York Giants who had him in for a workout, and just one day later he has decided to call it a career after nine years in the league.
According to a report on NFL.com, Jackson approached New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin and said “Coach, I just don’t feel like my heart’s in it”. Coughlin verified the report to the New York Daily News who also added that Jackson was “very nice” when he discussed his retirement with him.
Jackson went undrafted in the 2003 NFL Draft where he spent his time on the teams practice squad. In 2004, Jackson was placed on injured reserve (IR) after enduring torn triceps. It wasn’t until the 2005 season that Jackson made his debut along the Eagles offensive line after Hank Fraley went down with an injury. Jackson proved to be a rock at center when he was able to be on the field, but injuries have always been a concern with Jackson throughout his career.
In all, Jackson played in 88 games while notching 72 career starts in his nine seasons with the Eagles. In 2006, Jackson was awarded with All-Pro Honors by Sports Illustrated for his remarkable play and durability.
Best of luck to Jamaal in all his future endevours. I think I speak for most, if not all, Eagles fans when I say thank you for all your hard work and dedication, on and off the field, throughout your tenure in the NFL.
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