Former Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson has been awarded a posthumous degree from Georgia Southern after passing away tragically.
Edwin Jackson played in all 16 games for the Colts in 2016 and spent last season on injured reserve in Indianapolis.
Jackson was on the side of the road in early February when he was struck by a drunk driver, along with Uber driver Jeffery Monroe, and both of them were pronounced dead at the scene of the collision.
Following Jackson’s death, Colts owner Jim Irsay paid for his funeral as well as Monroe’s wake, who was assisting Jackson on the shoulder of the highway. Irsay has also sponsored a scholarship fund in the memory of Edwin Jackson that will send a qualified kid to college each year.
Jackson’s alma mater joined in honoring the former linebacker by awarding him with a posthumous degree from the university.
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Jackson joined the Georgia Southern football team as a walk-on, and he finally got an opportunity to see the field as a senior where he made the most of it.
He racked up 100 total tackles in his senior year with an interception and a forced fumble. The Colts saw something in Jackson and signed him after a brief stint on the Cardinals’ practice squad.
He ended up playing an important role in the Colts’ linebacking corps for a couple of years.
Jackson’s family accepted the degree from Georgia Southern this weekend, and his father Wesley led a “Georgia Southern” chant after receiving the award.
This is yet another acknowledgement of how great of a person Edwin Jackson was.