Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson was born on July 23, 1963 in Chicago Illinois. After Jackson played wide receiver at Perdue University, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in round 6, pick 161 of the 1986 NFL Draft.

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Player Info

Height 5' 9"
Weight 180 lbs
DOB: 7/23/1963
Wide Receiver


NFL Draft

1986/Round 6/Pick 161

Career Highlights

The Drive Caught the Game Tying Touchdown

Team(s) As A Player

Denver Broncos 1986-1992
New York Giants 1993-1994
Indianapolis Colts 1994

Mark Jackson in AFC Championship Games

Mark Jackson got a good amount of playing time during his rookie season. By the time the 1986 AFC Championship Game took place against the Cleveland Browns, Jackson had Elway’s confidence. With less than two minutes to play and the Denver Broncos trailing 20-13, Mark Jackson had not yet caught a pass. However, on third down and 18 yards to go, Elway corralled a bad snap and threw a dart to Jackson for a 20 yard gain and a first down. Then from the five yard line, Elway dropped back, spotted Jackson cutting to the middle of the field and fired a laser, Jackson went to the ground and scooped up the pass for the tying touchdown on “The Drive.” He finished the game with 2 catches for 25 yards and a touchdown, but they were the two most important catches of the game. “Yeah, it was too low,” John Elway said. “Plus, after I threw it, I couldn't see. Then I saw Mark cradling it. He made a great catch for me. For us, I mean.” (1)

During the 1987 AFC Championship Game, the Denver Broncos hosted the Cleveland Browns. This time, Mark Jackson had perhaps the best playoff game of his career. After Cleveland had closed to 21-10, Mark Jackson caught a seven yard out pass, turned up the field and ran down the right sideline, falling into the end zone for an 80 yard touchdown catch. For the game he had 4 catches for 134 yards and his touchdown.

Mark Jackson in 1988

Mark Jackson was injured early during the 1988 NFL season, but had perhaps his best season. From November 27 until December 11, Mark Jackson had an incredible three game stretch, the best three games of his NFL career. Against the Rams he caught 6 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Over the 3 week span, he had 20 catches for 422 yards and three touchdowns. He finished the season with 46 catches for 852 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Mark Jackson’s Career

Mark Jackson had a solid career for the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and the Indianapolis Colts. He caught 342 balls for 5551 yards and 29 touchdowns. He added 25 catches for 451 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs. He retired from the NFL following the 1994 NFL season.

By A. Goodin,
May 25, 2008

Mark Jackson Bibliography:

(1) Elway Eliminates Engine Knock (1987, January 12) Chicago Sun-Times