Tom Jackson

Induction Year: 2001 Sport: Football

A native Clevelander, he launched his illustrious football career at John Adams High where he starred for two reasons before moving on to the University of Louisville in 1969. After winning Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year honors twice at UL – as a sophomore in 1970 and as senior in 1971 – he began a history-making 14-year career with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League in 1973. When it ended, he had played the most games (191) in Broncos history, a total since surpassed by John Elway, who is also the only player to have played more seasons (16) with Denver. Jackson made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances from 1977 through 1979, was named All-Pro in 1977 and 1978 and was named the Broncos defensive MVP in 1974, ’76 and ’77. in 1977 he was also named the AFC “Linebacker of the Year” and was voted the team’s “Most Inspirational Player” for six straight seasons. Six years after his retirement in 1986 he was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame, an honor reserved for Denver’s all-time best players. He became a television football analyst after his playing days ended and is currently seen on ESPN’s NFL Primetime and NFL Sunday and Monday Night Countdown shows He presently makes his home in Cincinnati.