Rickey JacksonFootball, 1981-95
New Orleans Saints

Inducted: 1999

  • One of the most durable linebackers in NFL history. He missed just two games in 15 seasons.
  • Finished career with 128 sacks and eight interceptions. Holds the Saints team record with 123 career sacks.
  • A six-time Pro Bowl selection (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 and 1993).
  • Named first-team All-Pro in 1987 when he helped New Orleans to its first winning season and inaugural playoff appearance in franchise history. Also first-team All-Pro in 1986, 1992 and 1993.
  • A perennial loser when Jackson arrived, the Saints experienced newfound success with the hard-hitting linebacker. New Orleans never finished below .500 during Jackson’s final seven years with the team.
  • Signed with the San Francisco 49ers following the 1993 season and started at defensive end on their 1994 Super Bowl championship team.
  • Rickey Jackson collected 290 career tackles at the school and still ranks 17th all-time in that category. Paired with Hugh Green, Jackson helped form one of the most feared defensive end tandems in college football history. Jackson was an integral part of a Pitt defense in 1980 that ranked No. 1 in the country and surrendered just 11 points per game.
  • Played collegiately at Pittsburgh, helping the Panthers to a 22-2 record over the 1979 and 1980 seasons, including a pair of Top 10 finishes in the polls.
  • Selected in the second round (51st overall) of the NFL Draft pick by New Orleans. 
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Saints retired his jersey #57.

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