Former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Michael Jackson died early Friday morning after being involved in an motorcycle accident involving another car, driven by a 20 year old woman who was also killed in the accident.
The following details come from a report from TMZ
Officials say Jackson was driving a ’13 Kawasaki on US 51 around 1 AM at a “high rate of speed” when a 20-year-old woman backed out of a parking spot and into both lanes of the highway.
The motorcycle crashed into the driver’s side door of the car — and the impact was so violent, the bike smashed through the door and killed the driver of the car.
He spent four years at Southern Mississippi as a teammate of Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. He didn’t have great production but at 6’4, 195 lbs, he had NFL protypical size for a wide receiver.
A sixth round pick for the Cleveland Browns in the 1991 NFL Draft, Jackson spent five years with the Browns and three with the Baltimore Ravens once the Browns moved to Baltimore following the 1995 season.
In his five seasons with the Browns, he had three seasons with at least 40 catches, 700 yards and seven touchdowns. His best season came in 1994 when he had 44 catches for 714 yards and nine touchdowns.
He will be remembered for catching Bernie Kosar’s final touchdown pass as quarterback of the Browns in 1993 in the infamous play that Kosar drew up in the dirt that led to Kosar’s release by then Browns head coach Bill Belichick.
His best season as a pro was in 1996 with the Baltimore Ravens when he had 76 catches for 1,201 yards and an NFL leading fourteen touchdowns. He backed that up with 69 catches for 918 yards and four touchdowns in 1997. His final season in 1998 produced 38 catches for 477 yards and zero touchdowns.
Injuries ended his career after the 1998 season at the age of 29 years old. He turned to a career in politics and served as the mayor of his hometown of Tangipahoa, Louisiana from 2009 to 2012.