Robert Jackson (linebacker)

Robert Lee Jackson (born August 7, 1954), nicknamed "Stonewall",[1] is a former National Football League (NFL) linebacker. He starred for Texas A&M University, then played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons between 1977 and 1982.

Robert L. Jackson
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Personal information
Born:August 7, 1954 (age 64)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Houston (TX) M. B. Smiley
College:Texas A&M
NFL Draft:1977 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Player stats at PFR

Football career

Jackson attended Texas A&M University and was a consensus College Football All-America Team linebacker and a Lombardi Award finalist for the Aggies in 1976. He was a first-round selection of the Cleveland Browns in the 1977 NFL Draft.[2]

Jackson missed his entire rookie season after a preseason knee injury.[3] He suffered another knee injury in the 1978 preseason, but he still appeared in 14 games that season.[4][5] He was a regular starter for Cleveland in 1980 and 1981, starting 14 games in each season.[5] In 1981, Cincinnati head coach Forrest Gregg referred to Jackson as the dirtiest player in the NFL.[1]

In April 1982, Jackson was traded to the Denver Broncos, but he was waived before the regular season. He was signed by the Atlanta Falcons that September.[1] Jackson's career concluded that year with five appearances for the Falcons.[5]


  1. ^ a b c ""Dirty" Jackson Signs with Falcons". The Times-News. September 14, 1982. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Robert Jackson '76, Football". Texas A&M Lettermen's Association. Archived from the original on July 3, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Browns Lose Top Rookie". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. July 29, 1977. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Jackson Reinjures Knee". Toledo Blade. July 20, 1978. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Robert L. Jackson NFL Football Statistics". Retrieved May 5, 2013.
1976 College Football All-America Team

The 1976 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1976. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes four selectors as "official" for the 1976 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA); (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers; (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers; and (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers. Other selectors included Football News (FN), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), The Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).

Three players were unanimously selected by all four official selectors and all five unofficial selectors. They were running backs Tony Dorsett of Pittsburgh and Ricky Bell of USC and defensive end Ross Browner of Notre Dame.

The 1976 USC Trojans football team led all others with five players who received first-team All-American honors in 1976. In addition to Ricky Bell, the USC honorees were offensive tackle Marvin Powell, defensive end Dennis Thurman, defensive tackle Gary Jeter, and punter Glen Walker. The consensus national champion Pittsburgh Panthers team had two first-team honorees: Tony Dorsett and middle guard Al Romano.

1977 NFL Draft

The 1977 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held May 3–4, 1977, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, New York. The league also held its first supplemental draft, which took place after the regular draft and before the regular season.

List of unanimous All-Americans in college football

The College Football All-America Team is an honorific college football all-star team compiled after each NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) season to recognize that season's most outstanding performers at their respective positions. There are several organizations that select their own All-America teams. Since 1924, the NCAA has designated selectors whose teams are used to determine "consensus" and "unanimous" All-Americans. Any player who is named to the first team by at least half the official selectors for a given season is recognized as being a consensus All-American. A player on the first team of every official selector is recognized as being a unanimous All-American. Since 2002, the five selectors designated by the NCAA for this purpose are the Associated Press (AP), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).Unanimous All-Americans are considered "elite, the cream of the crop from any particular season." Many are later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and many also go on to have successful professional football careers. From 1924 to 2000, 364 players were unanimous selections at least once. Thus, only a handful of players—if any—each season receive the honor. The first player to do so was Red Grange, star halfback for the Illinois Fighting Illini, who received first-team honors from all six major selectors in 1924.As of the end of 2018 Division I FBS season, Oklahoma has had the most unanimous All-America selections of any school, with 35, followed by Alabama and Notre Dame with 34 each. Eighty-four schools have had at least one unanimous All-America selection. The most recent All-America team, the 2018 team, consisted of eight unanimous selections.


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