Jackson with the Denver Broncos in 2014
|No. 97 Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Date of birth:||January 11, 1990|
|Place of birth:||Los Angeles, California|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||293 lb (133 kg)|
|High school:||Los Angeles (CA) Birmingham|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 5 / Pick: 137|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2016|
Malik Barron Jackson (born January 11, 1990) is an American football defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Tennessee. Jackson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
In 2007, Jackson was named to Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, and Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team. Jackson was named Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Co-Defensive MVP in high school.
Jackson attended the University of Southern California in 2008 and 2009. He transferred to the University of Tennessee in 2010 to play under head coach Derek Dooley. Jackson was named to the AP All-SEC Second Team.
Jackson was selected in the fifth round with the 137th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Jackson's rookie season was uneventful, although he played 14 games, he started none, earning only 5 tackles. In 2013, he played in all 16 games and started 5, earning a respectable 42 tackles, 6 sacks, 4 passes defended, and a forced fumble. Jackson once again played 16 games, with 3 starts, in 2014, yielding similar results, with 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 4 passes defended, and a forced fumble. It is notable, however, that Jackson started every playoff game in the 2013-14 season, including Super Bowl XLVIII, where the Broncos would lose 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks.
Having moved to defensive end using a 3-4 base defense under new head coach Gary Kubiak, Jackson had a breakout season and finally started all 16 games. He recorded 45 tackles, five sacks, two run stuffs, seven pass deflections, and a safety. His most notable play of the 2015 season came during the biggest game of his career. During the first quarter of Super Bowl 50 against the Carolina Panthers on February 7, 2016, Jackson fell on a Cam Newton fumble forced by linebacker Von Miller and returned it for the first touchdown of his career. The touchdown gave the Broncos an early 10-0 lead over the Panthers. In addition, Jackson recorded five tackles in the 24-10 win to give him his first Super Bowl championship.
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