Former Ravens wide receiver Michael Jackson died earlier today during a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Tangipahoa, Louisiana. During his three seasons in Baltimore, Jackson totaled 183 receptions for 2,596 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was 48.
Ravens Statement on The Passing of Michael Jackson
From Ozzie Newsome
“One of my most rewarding achievements after retiring as a player was watching Michael Jackson develop as a wide receiver. When I joined the Cleveland Browns’ scouting department, my first opportunity to work out receivers involved Michael in that group. I evaluated probably a half-dozen guys, but Michael was the one who stood out to me because of his speed and range. He then became a sixth-round pick of the Browns, and I watched him evolve into an impactful receiver throughout his career in Cleveland and Baltimore.
“Today, our hearts are saddened by the awful news involving Michael. He was a vibrant person who became one of the first Ravens heroes and a popular player among Baltimore fans. Well known for his big smile and welcoming nature, it was easy to feel a special connection with Michael.
“Michael was also a community leader who inspired many people, not only during his time in the NFL, but afterwards when he became the mayor of his hometown in Louisiana.
“As we remember Michael fondly, we extend our condolences to everyone who knew him and those families affected by this tragedy.”