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Rob Jackson
Jackson playing against the Eagles in the 2011 season.
No. 50     Washington Redskins
Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-11-03) November 3, 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth: West Haven, Connecticut
High School: West Haven (CT)
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
College: Kansas State
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 7 / Pick: 242
Debuted in 2008 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Honorable mention All-Big 12 (2006, 2007)
  • 2× First-team All-Jayhawk Conference (2004, 2005)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     52
Quarterback sacks     5.5
Pass deflections     8
Interceptions     4
Forced fumbles     3
Touchdowns     1
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Robert Gene Jackson (born November 3, 1985) is an American football linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Redskins in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft as a defensive end. He played college football at Kansas State University.

Early life

Jackson prepped at West Haven High School, West Haven, CT, where he was considered the No. 16 overall prospect in New England by SuperPrep. He earned All-Area and All-State honors at defensive end in 2003 when he Totaled 72 tackles, including 12 sacks. He won a state championship in 2002 in high school. He was the only captain in 11th grade ever at West Haven High School.

College career

Jackson attended junior college at Fort Scott Community College, located in Fort Scott, Kansas. He had 35 tackles (28 solo), including nine for losses (six sacks) in eight games on defense and caught four receptions for 90 yards as a tight end and totaled 45 tackles (34 solo) in nine games as a freshman and led the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference in sacks during 2004 with 9. He played both defensive end and tight end as a sophomore. He was a two-time first-team All-Jayhawk Conference defensive selection. Jackson then went on to play collegiate football at Kansas State University. In 2006, he started 12 of 13 games and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 after making 36 tackles (8.5 for losses and 4.5 sacks, two pass break-ups and one forced fumble. In 2007, Jackson started 11 of 12 games. He ended the season with 25 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and 2 sacks and one pass broken up.

Professional career


Jackson measured in at a height of 6' 3⅜" and a weight of 257 pounds at his Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds and he measured a 28" vertical jump and completed 13 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.

Washington Redskins

2008 Season

Jackson was selected by the Washington Redskins in the seventh round (242nd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft on April 27, 2008. The pick represented the Redskins’ ninth pick of the 2008 Draft. He made his NFL debut against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4 of the 2008 season. Jackson finished his rookie season playing in only three games and recording only a single tackle.

2009 Season

On September 5, 2009, Jackson was waived by the Redskins. He was signed to the Redskins' practice squad the next day. Jackson was promoted to the active roster on November 30, 2009 due to injury of Jeremy Jarmon.

2010 Season

On September 4, 2010, Jackson was released by the Redskins.[1] The next day, he was signed to the Redskins' practice squad again. Originally being a defensive end, Jackson was converted into a outside linebacker when the Redskins switched to a 3-4 defense in the 2010 NFL season.[2] Jackson was promoted to the active 53-man roster on December 20, 2010 due to Brian Orakpo suffering a groin injury. In the Week 16 of the against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jackson recorded his first career sack, which helped the Redskins beat the Jaguars in overtime.[3]

2011 Season

In the 2011 season, Jackson was made the backup right outside linebacker for Brian Orakpo. In Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson subbed in for Orakpo in the second half of the game after the latter injured his shoulder after sacking Michael Vick. At the end of the season, Jackson played all 16 games for the first time in his career.

2012 Season

In Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson had his first career start at the right outside linebacker after Brian Orakpo was placed on injured reserve after tearing his left pectoral muscle in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams.[4][5] In the game, he scored the Redskins' first touchdown after he intercepted Andy Dalton and landed in the endzone; it was his first career interception and touchdown.[6] He recorded his second career interception on Eli Manning in the Week 7 game against the New York Giants.[7] In the Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens, Jackson managed to strip the ball away from Joe Flacco as he was sacking him and recovered the ball.[8] This turnover would lead to the Redskins scoring a field goal helping to tie the game and eventually winning in overtime. The following week, he would record his third career interception in the win over the Cleveland Browns.[9] Two weeks later, he secured his fourth interception of the year against the Dallas Cowboys in a win that won the team the title of NFC East Champion.[10]

2013 Season

Set to be a restricted free agent in the 2013 season, Jackson agreed to re-sign with the Redskins on a one-year deal on March 9, 2013.[11][12] On March 20, it was announced that Jackson would be suspended for the first four games of the season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.[13]


  1. Redskins' Roster at 53 after Parker, 20 others released,,
  2. "Jackson's Ready For Action". Retrieved 2011-07-21.
  3. "Rob Jackson impresses teammates". Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  4. Jones, Mike (September 17, 2012). "Brian Orakpo, Adam Carriker done for season". Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  5. Walker, Andrew (September 19, 2012). "Jenkins, Jackson Ready For Regular Action". Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  6. Tinsman, Brian (September 23, 2012). "Jackson Finds End Zone In First NFL Start". Retrieved 2012-09-26.
  7. Tinsman, Brian (October 21, 2012). "Redskins Fall Short In Wild Finish: 23-27". Retrieved 2012-10-21.
  8. Tinsman, Brian (December 10, 2012). "Monday Morning Stats Pack: Redskins-Ravens". Retrieved 2012-12-10.
  9. Tinsman, Brian (December 17, 2012). "Victory Monday Stats Pack: Redskins-Browns". Redskins. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
  10. Tinsman, Brian (December 30, 2012). "Seventh-Straight Victory Delivers NFC East". Retrieved 2013-01-01.
  11. Keim, John (March 9, 2013). "Redskins re-sign Logan Paulsen, Darrel Young". Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  12. Jones, Mike (March 9, 2013). "Rob Jackson, Redskins reach agreement in principle on one-year deal". Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  13. Jones, Mike (March 20, 2013). "Rob Jackson facing four-game suspension for banned substance". Retrieved 2013-04-15.

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