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Marlin Jackson
No. 28     Philadelphia Eagles
Free safety
Personal information
Date of birth: June 30, 1983 (1983-06-30) (age 26)
Place of birth: Sharon, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 2005 for the Indianapolis Colts
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 15, 2009
Tackles     284
Sacks     0.5
INTs     4
Stats at

Marlin Tyrell Jackson (born June 30, 1983 in Sharon, Pennsylvania) is an American football free safety for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts 29th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Michigan.


Early years

As a graduate of Sharon High School (Tigers) in 2001, Jackson was the Pennsylvania player of the year and picked for USA today's all American first team. He earned all-state honors as senior and was Prep Football Report All-American choice. He played in the first ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on December 30th, 2000. His high school career stats are as follows: 281 career tackles, 19 stops for losses, three sacks, seven FF, three FR and 18 interceptions, including four touchdown returns was 15-330, 5 TDs rushing and 57-1,026, 18 TDs receiving.

College career

Jackson attended the University of Michigan, where he was a team captain, an All-Big Ten selection, and an All-American for the Wolverines in both 2003 and 2004.

Jackson finished his career second all-time among Michigan players in pass breakups. During his senior year, opposing coaches and quarterbacks, concerned at Jackson's interception and pass break-up ability, threw less than 14% of their passes in his direction.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′1″ 198 lb 4.52 1.57 2.64 3.96 6.95 36 in. 10′5″ 23 rep
All values from 2005 NFL Scouting Combine[2]

Indianapolis Colts

Jackson was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 29th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft. As an NFL rookie he had 52 tackles and one interception. Marlin played mostly in passing situations with one start in 15 games. In his second season, he had 82 tackles and 1 interception. He has been starting at safety in place of the injured Bob Sanders. Marlin's career high was a 14 tackle performance against the Houston Texans.

On January 21, 2007, Jackson intercepted New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with 18 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game to seal the Colts' 38-34 victory and send them to Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears, which they subsequently won.

On October 30, 2008, Jackson injured his knee during practice. Marlin had surgery to repair the damage and missed the remainder of the 2008 season. Yahoo! Sports delivered an update on his status on June 25th saying that he "looks to be making strong progress from midseason knee surgery."[3]

On March 5, 2010, Jackson was declared a free agent after he was non-tendered by the Colts.[4]

Philadelphia Eagles

Jackson was signed to a two-year, $6 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 10, 2010. He will be converted from cornerback to free safety.[5][6]


His older brother Elmarko Jackson was a running back for Temple University. He was involved in an incident which made headlines in 2000 when he was stabbed several times on campus after an argument with another student.[7]

Legal trouble

Jackson was charged with felonious assault in the summer of 2003. A 26-year-old man accused Jackson of striking him in the right eye with a bottle on June 1, requiring 17 stitches, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. [8]

On February 19, 2009, Jackson won the civil lawsuit regarding this incident[9]. Not only did the jury find Jackson not liable for any damages, they rejected the claim that he attacked the plaintiff with a bottle, found the plaintiff guilty of defamation and malicious prosecution, and awarded Jackson $225,000 in damages.


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