Report: Former NFL WR Michael Jackson killed in motorcycle crash
Former NFL wide receiver Michael Jackson was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday morning in his hometown of Tangipahoa, La., per a TMZ Sports report. He was 48 years old.
Jackson was riding the motorcycle at a “high rate of speed” at approximately 1:00 a.m. Friday morning, per officials, when a 20-year-old woman backing out of parking spot blocked both lanes of traffic. Jackson slammed into the driver’s side door of the automobile with such force the driver was also killed in the accident.
The crash currently remains under investigation.
Jackson was a college teammate of Brett Favre at Southern Mississippi before entering the NFL.
Jackson was drafted with the 41st overall pick in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He spent five seasons in Cleveland and played three more with the Ravens organization upon the Browns’ relocation to Baltimore in 1995.
Jackson finished his eight-year NFL career with 353 passes for 5,393 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Injuries cut Jackson’s career short and he later served as mayor of his hometown, serving in said capacity from 2009-2013.
Thoughts are with Jackson’s friends and family at this difficult time.