You all know how fans feel about Jackson’s injury history, but where is “10” on this?
He hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2013. That was the last time he played in Philadelphia. Playing in a warm-weather city like Tampa was supposed to make the legs feel younger, but with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jackson missed two games in 2017 and four more in 2018.
He’s 33 years of age and will turn 34 in December. He’s never had his body fail him more than it did last season. These are all things that we’ve all said about Jackson on more than one occasion, but how does he view himself and where he is in his recovery?
Here’s an answer.
"It was a roller-caster ride man, very frustrating, humbling at the same time. Never, in my career (have I had to) go through a whole year without being able to play football (and) without being out there with my teammates and my brothers… At the same time, I tried everything I could to get back healthy, to stay healthy, and it was kind of like shooting myself in the foot… It was tough. I really didn’t know what to do. I just tried to do the best I could to listen to the team doctors… My teammates fought and battled throughout a heck of a season last year, and it was hard to see that and not be able to go out there to go to war with them."
Some of you are probably asking yourself something like this. “Wait. I thought much of his issue was he didn’t listen to the doctors when it was time to have surgery?”. Jackson has been questioned for his decision making and has even been called selfish (more on that later), but one thing we won’t question is that competitive fire he’s always had.
That hasn’t changed and it doesn’t seem like it ever will.