Montgomery native, NFL star Tarvaris Jackson killed in crash

Montgomery native, NFL star Tarvaris Jackson killed in crash
Tarvaris Dandre Jackson, 36, died Sunday night in a crash just outside Montgomery. (Source: Tennessee State University)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A former Alabama State University football player and quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks has died in a single-vehicle crash.

Tarvaris Dandre Jackson, 36, died Sunday night in a crash just outside Montgomery, according to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials.

The crash happened around 8:50 p.m. on Pike Road near Antioch Lane, seven miles south of Montgomery. Carswell said Jackson was killed when the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro he was driving left the roadway, struck a tree and then overturned.

Jackson was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead, Carswell added.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) throws during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, Nov. 31, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) throws during warm ups before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, Nov. 31, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Source: Michael Ainsworth)

Jackson was a hometown hero. After signing with Arkansas out of high school, and spending two seasons in Fayetteville, he transferred to Alabama State for his final three seasons at the college level.

He led ASU to the 2004 SWAC Championship over Southern.

He later became a second-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2006 NFL Draft. Jackson started 20 games in five years with the Vikings and would later become the starter for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. He spent 2012 with the Buffalo Bills before returning to Seattle in 2013.

Jackson backed up Russell Wilson when Seattle won Super Bowl 48 in 2014 against Denver.

Jackson played 10 seasons in the NFL. He passed for 7,263 yards and 39 touchdowns in 59 career games.

After the NFL, Jackson coached for a time with ASU before joining the Tennessee State Football staff as a quarterback’s coach in 2019.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jackson family during this tragic time,” Alabama State Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jennifer Lynne Williams said. “He affected so many in this community with his willingness to serve and teach the game of football to the youth in Montgomery. He impacted so many lives in and around Alabama State and the city of Montgomery. A humble young man, he will be truly missed and will be remembered as one of the true legends of Alabama State football.”

The Montgomery native and graduate of Sidney Lanier High School leaves behind wife, Lakitta Jackson, and three children: Tarvaris, Takayla and Tyson.

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