Retired NFL tight end Keith Jerome Jackson has been referred to as “one of the National Football League’s most productive tight ends over the past decade.” His career culminated with his helping the Green Bay Packers sweep to a club-record 16 victories and the Super Bowl XXXI Championship in 1996.
Born in Little Rock, Jackson excelled in football early. As a senior at Parkview High School, he became a Parade magazine All-American pick. He also was an all-state selection in both the tight end and safety. He went on to become a four-year starter at the University of Oklahoma, earning a consensus All-America and a unanimous All Big Eight Conference selection as a junior and senior. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication at the university.
Jackson began his NFL career as a first-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1988 and spent his first four pro seasons with the Eagles before joining the Miami Dolphins four games into the 1992 season. He joined the Packers by way of a 1995 trade with the Dolphins.
One of the most honored tight ends in NFL history, Jackson enjoyed a nine-year career as a six time Pro Bowl selection and the seventh-ranking receiver among tight ends in NFL annals with 441 catches. Jackson also ranks third all-time among tight ends with 49 career touchdown receptions. In his last season, Jackson posted a career-best 10 touchdown receptions and emerged as the Packers” No. 2 receiver with 40 catches for 505 yards and a 12.6-yard average, the third-highest per-catch average of his career.
While still with the NFL, Jackson spent off-seasons developing and raising money for Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids (PARK), which he founded. PARK is a joint ongoing project of the public and private sector in Little Rock whose mission is to improve the self esteem, educational and career opportunities, and communication skills of at risk children and youth by providing support, instruction, guidance and incentives in a safe, nurturing environment. A former clothing store owner, Jackson also released a 1991 positive message rap video, “JACK-IN-AMERICA” and in 1990 turned out his first music video, “Coming Back Hard in 1990.”
Jackson and his wife, Melanie, have one son.