Former Arkansas Razorbacks and NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has died at the age of 36 in a car crash. The single-car crash occurred Sunday night around 8:50 p.m. near Montgomery, Ala.
A native of Montgomery, Jackson enrolled at the University of Arkansas, playing quarterback in 2001 and 2002. He played three days in 2001, sustaining an injury, but returned the following year to play eight games. However, he transferred to Alabama State University in 2003, where he led the team to a Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division Title.
He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2006 NFL Draft and played for the team from 2006 to 2010. He served as the Vikings’ starting quarterback in 2007 and part of 2008. He was the Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback in 2011 and served as a backup quarterback for the Seahawks from 2013-2015 after being traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2012.
He retired from the NFL following the 2015 season.
During his NFL career, Jackson had 39 touchdowns, 35 interceptions and threw for 7,263 yards.
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