One of the first cuts of the Pioli/Haley regime last summer has found a new job on the football field. Well, the side of the field as TJ Jackson will be coaching the defensive line at Opelika high school in Alabama.
Jackson was a two-time All-State defensive lineman for the Bulldogs, a first-team All-SEC performer for Auburn University and spent parts of three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and Kansas City Chiefs.
He’s never coached before. But Blackmon said you wouldn’t know that from seeing him in action.
“He brings a great level of intensity,” Opelika’s second-year head coach said. “He kind of coaches the way he played, and he’s picked up all our guys’ intensity with it.”
“The credibility that (Jackson) brings with the kids. They see that he played in the NFL, at the college level, and he started here in Opelika,” Blackmon said. “He’s doing an outstanding job.”
Jackson spent part of 2007 and most of 2008 on the Chiefs practice squad. He saw action in 4 games in 2008, getting both of his tackles in a Week 2 game against Oakland.
I remember Jackson looking like he had some potential in the ’08 preseason when he got a chance to play a little bit. Clearly Scott Pioli felt otherwise — along with the rest of the league — as Jackson was forced to move on to the next stage of his career.