Raiders Los Angeles
Age: 25 (Nov. 30)
Height: 6’1” Weight: 222
An outstanding all-around athlete, Jackson rushed for 4303 yards in college and won the 1985 Heisman Trophy. He was chosen first overall in the ’86 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but chose to sign with major league baseball’s Kansas City Royals instead. Returning to the draft pool in ’87,
was taken in the seventh round by the
Raiders, who agreed to an arrangement where he would play the full baseball
season and then join the NFL season in progress. In the strike-interrupted 1987
season, he didn’t make his first appearance with the team until Nov. 1 but,
splitting time with veteran RB Marcus Allen, still managed to make an impression
with his outstanding combination of size and speed. Jackson
1987 Season Summary
Appeared in 7 of 15 games
(Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20)
Attempts – 81
Most attempts, game - 19 (for 78 yds.) vs.
Yards – 554
Most yards, game – 221 yards (on 18 carries) at
Average gain – 6.8
TDs – 4
200-yard rushing games – 1
100-yard rushing games – 1
Receptions – 16
Most receptions, game – 5 (for 20 yds.) vs.
Yards – 136
Most yards, game - 59 (on 4 catches) vs.
Average gain – 8.5
TDs – 2
TDs – 6
Points – 36
Awards & Honors:
NFL Rookie of the Year: NEA
Raiders went 5-10 to finish fourth in the AFC West while leading the conference in rushing yards (2197).
Rookie of the Year Profiles feature players who were named Rookie of the Year in the NFL, AFL (1960-69), or USFL (1983-85) by a recognized organization (Associated Press – Offense or Defense, Newspaper Enterprise Association, United Press International, The Sporting News, or the league itself – Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year).