Josh Jackson is a professional American football player. He is a cornerback and plays for the Green Bay Packers where he wears the No.37 jersey. Jackson is only in his first season in the NFL but is already dishing out strong performances week in week out. As a result, many have tipped him to end up winning the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Want to know more about this rookie who is making big waves in the NFL? Read on.
Who is Josh Jackson and How Old is He?
Joshua Jackson was born on the 3rd of April, 1996, in Houston Texas. He had his high school education at Lake Dallas High School Corinth, Texas where he was an outstanding multi-sport athlete. He lettered in football, basketball, and track and excelled in all three. As a result of his strong performances, he received offers of athletic scholarships and committed to playing for the University of Iowa even before his senior season in high school.
At Iowa, Josh Jackson majored in Sports Management and played for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team between 2014 and 2017. He was redshirted in his first year and as such, did not see any competitive action. He, however, went on to play in the next three seasons and improved with each. As a redshirt freshman (2015), he took part in 14 games and recorded 8 tackles and 2 passes. In 2016, he took part in 12 games and recorded 10 tackles and 4 passes defended. 2017 was Jackson’s breakout season as he was simply phenomenal. In 13 games for the Hawkeyes, he recorded 48 tackles (34 solo), 26 passes defended, one forced fumble and a career-best eight interceptions (two of which he returned for touchdowns). He finished the season with the highest number of interceptions and total passes defended in the entire country. Jackson was rewarded with several awards as a result of his heroics. He won the Big Ten Conference Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award. The Touchdown Club of Columbus equally gave him the Jack Tatum Award as the nation’s best defensive back. He was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation’s top defensive back by Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Unsurprisingly, Jackson decided to forgo his fifth year of eligibility for college football and enter the 2018 NFL draft. He was picked in the 2nd round of the draft (45th overall) by the Green Bay Packers who signed him to a four-year contract worth $6,256,100. The amount includes $2,629,892 in signing bonuses and a guaranteed sum of $3.9 million. By being drafted 45th overall, he became the highest selected Hawkeye defensive back since Bob Sanders who was drafted 44th overall in 2004. Josh Jackson is already proving to be money well spent, giving impressive performances consistently in his debut season. This has seen many analysts tipping him to finish the season as the best rookie defensive player in the league.
Does He Have a Girlfriend or Is He Dating Anyone?
One can safely conclude that Josh Jackson is single as there is no indication that he is in any relationship. However, if he is currently dating, then he is very much keeping it under wraps which is quite understandable since he is a rookie and is still trying to build his career. You can trust that once his relationship status changes, we would let you know.
His Family Details
Josh Jackson comes from a family of seven which includes mom, Vanessa Jackson, dad, Paul Jackson, and four other siblings. Jackson is not the only athletically gifted person in his family. His elder sister, Christina was a sprinter in college and his younger sister, Sophia is on a track scholarship at Drake University, Iowa. Jackson is also related to world-renowned hurdler Rodney Milburn who won an Olympic gold medal in the 1972 Munich Games. Rodney and Jackson’s dad, Paul were cousins.
How Tall is He?
Jackson is exactly 6 feet tall and weighs a modest 196lbs or 88.9 kg. Even though he is of average size and lacks great speed, he compensates for these shortcomings with his hand-eye coordination, excellent closing speed, football I.Q. and top-notch instincts (he would jump an out route and beat the receiver back to the ball with ease and take off the other way with an easy score). Jackson possesses playmaking abilities and is a ball hawk. He also boasts of a good arm’s length (31 1/8 inches) which enables him to grab the ball from unsuspecting receivers.