Jackson with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010
|No. 94 Atlanta Falcons|
|Date of birth:||June 6, 1986|
|Place of birth:||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||296 lb (134 kg)|
|High school:||Edgard (LA) West St. John|
|NFL Draft:||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2015|
Anthony Tyson Jackson (born June 6, 1986) is an American football defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs with the third overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at LSU.
Jackson attended West St. John High School in Edgard, Louisiana where he was a member of the Rams 2003 and 2004 2A State Championship teams. He was a two-way lineman who was named Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year after a senior season that totalled 84 tackles, 16 sacks, and 17 pressures, while winning the state championship. He was named All-District and All-Parish on the gridiron and also lettered in basketball. Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Jackson chose LSU over Oklahoma State and Colorado.
Jackson redshirted in 2004.
As a redshirt freshman in 2005, he earned a spot on the Freshman All-SEC team by the league’s coaches and the Sporting News. He recorded thirteen tackles (8 solos) and two sacks and added five quarterback pressures. As a sophomore, in 2006, Jackson was a Second-team All-SEC selection. He was a starter at left DE and recorded 37 tackles (13 solos). He also had 8.5 sacks, six pressures and 10.5 tackles for a loss. Jackson caused and recovered a fumble, broke up four passes and caught an interception.
As a junior, in 2007, Jackson started thirteen of fourteen games at left defensive end. He totalled 36 tackles (15 solos) with 3.5 sacks, 4.5 stops for losses, and twelve quarterback pressures. Jackson caused a fumble and ranked second in the NCAA among defensive linemen with ten pass break-ups.
In 2008, Jackson earned All-SEC Second-team again. He recorded 36 tackles (17 solos) that included 4.5 sacks, 10.5 stops for losses, and seven quarterback pressures. He recovered a fumble and deflected four passes. In total Jackson started 38 of 53 games at LSU, recording 122 tackles (53 solos) with 18 pass deflections, one interception, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries. He ranks eighth in school history with 18.5 sacks and is eleventh with 27 stops for losses.
2009 NFL Draft
Although having played in a 4-3 alignment at Louisiana State, Jackson was considered an ideal 3-4 defensive end. He drew comparisons to Anthony Weaver. Jackson was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs with the third pick overall.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 4⅛ in||296 lb||4.94 s||1.68 s||2.79 s||4.80 s||7.64 s||28½ in||8 ft 6 in||20 reps||17|
|Bench from LSU Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine|
Kansas City Chiefs
Jackson was drafted by the Chiefs, who looked to implement him as DE into their new 3-4 defense. Jackson remained unsigned at the beginning of the Chiefs' training camp session and did not travel with the team to River Falls, Wisconsin (site of the team's practice facilities). The holdout ended on August 7 as he was signed to a five-year contract reportedly worth $57 million with $31 million guaranteed. Tyson played in all 16 games of his rookie season and had 38 tackles (27 solo) with 2 pass deflections. In 2011, Jackson had only one sack though he also had a career record of 55 tackles.
On March 11, 2014, Jackson signed a 5-year $25 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
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- "Tyson Jackson - Football Recruiting". Rivals.com.
- Gaughan, Mark (April 12, 2009). "No sure things among pass rushers". The Buffalo News. Archived from the original on April 15, 2009.
Louisiana State’s Tyson Jackson, 6-4 and 296, looks like an ideal 3-4 defensive end, given his size and ability to hold up versus the run. He should go in the first round.
- Lolley, F. Dale (April 21, 2009). "Defensive linemen high on Steelers' list". Washington Observer Reporter. Archived from the original on August 8, 2009.
LSU's Tyson Jackson (6-5, 290 pounds) would be an ideal fit for the Steelers as a 3-4 defensive end, but is likely the only such prospect in this year's draft.
- "Pro Football War Room: Tyson Jackson". SportingNews.com.
- "Chiefs select DE Tyson Jackson with third pick". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-04-25. Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-25.
- Babb, Kent (July 30, 2009). "Chiefs' No. 1 pick absent as training camp begins". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on August 3, 2009.
- "Chiefs sign first round pick DE Tyson Jackson". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-08-07. Archived from the original on August 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
- "Chiefs sign top pick Jackson". ESPN.com. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
- FALCONS ADD SOLIAI, ASAMOAH, JACKSON
- "Tyson Jackson Stats". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 14 July 2016.