Eddie Jackson began his ascent to the NFL at Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Eddie would play both wide receiver and defensive back on his high school football team. After graduating, he would commit to the University of Alabama. Jackson would transition to cornerback and would eventually make the permanent transition to safety under Nick Saban.
Eddie Jackson was selected in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. It was soon after that he beat out the competition for starting free safety to begin his rookie season. Jackson would record many of his career firsts against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. He would score two touchdowns with one coming on a pick six and another on fumble recovery. He earned his first NFC Defensive Player of the Week pick and picked up a regular season win because of his performance. Eddie started all 16 regular season games and would become a regular contributor for the Bears defense.
INJURIES AND THE ED BLOCK COURAGE AWARD
The 2022 season was a big year for Eddie Jackson. Jackson appeared in 12 games for the Bears, leading the team in both tackles and interceptions, while also leading the entire NFC in Free Safety Pro Bowl votes, before his season ending Lisfranc injury during a Week 12 loss to the New York Jets. He would discover that he wouldn’t need surgery and the injury wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Despite this, Eddie had to go through strenuous physical rehab to make a return to the field. Because of his dedication to rehab and his determination to make it back for his team, he was voted as the 2022 Ed Block Courage Award recipient for the Chicago Bears. He was able to participate in OTAs during the
offseason and was completely healthy for the beginning of the 2023 NFL regular season.