Tyson Jackson
Stretching before a game in Denver in January 2010.
No. 94     Kansas City Chiefs
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-06-06) June 6, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
High School: Edgard (LA) West St. John
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 296 lb (134 kg)
Career information
College: Louisiana State
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Debuted in 2009 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2009 NFL All-Rookie Team
  • SEC All-Freshman (2005)
  • 2× Second-team All-SEC (2006, 2008)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     167
Sacks     5.0
Forced Fumbles     0
Stats at

Anthony Tyson Jackson (born June 6, 1986) is an American football defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Chiefs with the third overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at LSU.

Early yearsEdit

Jackson attended West St. John High School in Edgard, Louisiana where he was a member of the Rams 2003 and 2004 2A State Championship teams. He was a two-way lineman who was named Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year after a senior season that totalled 84 tackles, 16 sacks, and 17 pressures, while winning the state championship. He was named All-District and All-Parish on the gridiron and also lettered in basketball. Considered a three-star recruit by, Jackson chose LSU over Oklahoma State and Colorado.[1]

College careerEdit

Jackson redshirted in 2004.

As a redshirt freshman in 2005, he earned a spot on the Freshman All-SEC team by the league’s coaches and the Sporting News. He recorded thirteen tackles (8 solos) and two sacks and added five quarterback pressures. As a sophomore, in 2006, Jackson was a Second-team All-SEC selection. He was a starter at left DE and recorded 37 tackles (13 solos). He also had 8.5 sacks, six pressures and 10.5 tackles for a loss. Jackson caused and recovered a fumble, broke up four passes and caught an interception.

As a junior, in 2007, Jackson started thirteen of fourteen games at left defensive end. He totalled 36 tackles (15 solos) with 3.5 sacks, 4.5 stops for losses, and twelve quarterback pressures. Jackson caused a fumble and ranked second in the NCAA among defensive linemen with ten pass break-ups.

In 2008, Jackson earned All-SEC Second-team again. He recorded 36 tackles (17 solos) that included 4.5 sacks, 10.5 stops for losses, and seven quarterback pressures. He recovered a fumble and deflected four passes. In total Jackson started 38 of 53 games at LSU, recording 122 tackles (53 solos) with 18 pass deflections, one interception, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries. He ranks eighth in school history with 18.5 sacks and is eleventh with 27 stops for losses.

Professional careerEdit

2009 NFL DraftEdit

Although having played in a 4-3 alignment at Louisiana State, Jackson was considered an ideal 3-4 defensive end.[2][3] He drew comparisons to Anthony Weaver.[4] Jackson was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs with the third pick overall.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4⅛ in 296 lb 4.94 s 1.68 s 2.79 s 4.80 s 7.64 s 28½ in 8 ft 6 in 20 rep 17

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

File:Magee Gilburry Jackson edwards.JPG

Jackson was drafted by the Chiefs, who looked to implement him as DE into their new 3-4 defense.[5] Jackson remained unsigned at the beginning of the Chiefs' training camp session and did not travel with the team to River Falls, Wisconsin (site of the team's practice facilities).[6] The holdout ended on August 7 as he was signed to a five-year contract reportedly worth $57 million with $31 million guaranteed.[7][8] Tyson played in all 16 games of his rookie season and had 38 tackles (27 solo) with 2 pass deflections. In 2011, Jackson had only one sack though he also had a career record of 55 tackles.


  1. "Tyson Jackson - Football Recruiting".
  2. Gaughan, Mark (April 12, 2009). "No sure things among pass rushers". The Buffalo News. "Louisiana State’s Tyson Jackson, 6-4 and 296, looks like an ideal 3-4 defensive end, given his size and ability to hold up versus the run. He should go in the first round."[dead link]
  3. Lolley, F. Dale (April 21, 2009). "Defensive linemen high on Steelers' list". Washington Observer Reporter. "LSU's Tyson Jackson (6-5, 290 pounds) would be an ideal fit for the Steelers as a 3-4 defensive end, but is likely the only such prospect in this year's draft."[dead link]
  4. "Pro Football War Room: Tyson Jackson".
  5. "Chiefs select DE Tyson Jackson with third pick". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2009-04-25.[dead link]
  6. Babb, Kent (July 30, 2009). "Chiefs' No. 1 pick absent as training camp begins". Kansas City Star.[dead link]
  7. "Chiefs sign first round pick DE Tyson Jackson". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07.[dead link]
  8. "Chiefs sign top pick Jackson". 2009-08-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07.

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