Former NFL quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson died in a car crash in Alabama on Sunday night. He was 36.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed the tragic news through Tennessee State University, where Jackson was a quality control and quarterbacks coach on the football team.
According to law enforcement, Jackson’s vehicle hit a tree just before 9 PM on Sunday causing the car to overturn. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was ultimately pronounced dead.
Jackson was a former second-round pick out of Alabama State by the Vikings in 2006. He spent five seasons in Minnesota, starting 20 games. The signal-caller generated his most prolific season as a 14-game starter for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, throwing for 3,091 yards and 14 TDs.
Jackson, who was drafted in the second of the 2006 NFL Draft, played four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings from 2006 to 2010 before signing with the Seattle Seahawks as a backup to Russell Wilson from 2013-2015, where he earned a Super Bowl ring.
Jackson transitioned into coaching in 2018, joining Alabama State as a quality control coach and QB coach. He moved to TSU in 2019.
Russell Wilson tweeted about his former teammate early Monday morning saying, “TJack… you will be missed. Praying for your family…Love you man.”
TJack… you will be missed. Praying for your family…Love you man.
See photos from the scene of the crash below.