(Waterloo, Iowa) – NFL football player Fred Jackson (#22) is a running back for the Buffalo Bills and is speaking with at-risk kids about the obstacles he overcame to become a key running back for the Buffalo Bills.
On Friday, January 25, 2008, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., students at the Four Oaks School Program in Waterloo will have an opportunity to meet and speak with Fred Jackson about his personal hardships and what he overcame to achieve his goal of being a professional football player.
Fred Jackson Bio:
In September 3, 2006, Fred Jackson signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad. Jackson played high school football in Arlington, Texas, and then played four years at Coe College, a Div. III school in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As a senior at Coe, he ran for 1,702 yards and 29 touchdowns. He then played two seasons with the Sioux City Bandits of the United Indoor Football League and was named league MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2005 and set a United Indoor Football League record with 1,770 yards and 53 touchdowns in 2005. In 2006, he played in NFL Europe with the Rhein Fire and led the team with 731 rushing yards.
Since 1980, there have been only 13 Div. III players who have started one or more games at running back in the NFL -- the last one before Jackson was Chris Warren of Ferrum College, on Dec. 24, 2000.
Jackson, who is 6-foot-1, 215 pounds with good speed for the position, is not even the most famous Coe College alum with the Bills organization. Coe also happens to be the alma mater of Buffalo GM Marv Levy.