Rich "Tombstone" JacksonFootball, 1961-72
Landry High School/Southern University/NFL
Playing for the legendary coach Felix James, also a member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, Jackson showed his outstanding skills and determination as a 210-pound end. When a Landry sprinter beat Jackson in a 100-yard race, then chided him, "You're too big to beat me," Jackson spent the entire school year working on his speed. When track season came around, Jackson convinced Coach James he could match speed with the school's best sprinter. Jackson outraced him to the finish line and earned a spot on the Bucs' relay team. As a senior in 1959, he was the top defensive player on Landry's district championship team. Undrafted after a productive career at Southern University, Jackson signed as a free agent with Oakland in 1966. But he became a two-time All-Pro defensive end with the Denver Broncos and earned his name on the "Ring of Honor" at Mile High Stadium. Jackson then coached briefly at Landry.
[Bio courtesy of the New Orleans High School Sports Hall of Fame, Ye Olde College Inn]