Former NFL Wide Receiver Michael Jackson, Other Driver Killed in Louisiana Highway Crash

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, whose 14 receiving touchdowns tied for the NFL lead in 1996, died early Friday morning in a motorcycle crash with an automobile driver who also died in Tangipahoa, La. He was 48 years old.

According to TMZ, Jackson was driving his motorcycle at a “high rate of speed” along U.S. 51 when Destiny Gordon, the driver of the automobile, backed out of a parking spot and across both lanes of the highway. Jackson crashed into the driver’s side of the car, penetrating the driver’s compartment and killing Gordon. Per the Times-Picayune, Jackson was wearing a helmet and Gordon her seat belt at the time of the collision.

The investigation is ongoing.

Jackson played college football with Brett Favre at Southern Mississippi and later was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL draft. A fairly consistent starter when healthy, he had at least 38 catches in six of his eight NFL seasons. Jackson’s best year came in 1996, when he had 76 catches for 1,201 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns for the Ravens in their first year in Baltimore.

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SOURCE: Matt Bonesteel 
The Washington Post