Sports | April 13, 2020 11:36 am

Former NFL QB Tarvaris Jackson Dead at 36 After Car Accident

Jackson spent five seasons in Minnesota before playing for the Seahawks for four years

Tarvaris Jackson Dead at 36 After Alabama Car Accident
Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is dead at 36. (Christian Petersen/Getty)
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On Monday morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson died on Sunday night in a car accident in Alabama. 

Jackson, who was primarily a backup during his 10 seasons in the NFL, was working as the quarterback coach at Tennessee State. His death was confirmed by his employer. He was 36. 

According to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency trooper Michael Carswell, Jackson’s 2012 Chevrolet Camaro left the road a few miles south of Montgomery, hit a tree and flipped. He was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead, Carswell told USA TODAY Sports.

A second-round pick, Jackson spent five seasons in Minnesota with the Vikings, starting 20 games. He moved on to Seattle in 2011 and was a 14-game starter for the Seahawks that season, throwing for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns while the team went 7-7.

Jackson never started another NFL game and has a 17-17 record as a starter overall.

Playing for the Seahawks as Russell Wilson’s backup from 2013-2015, Jackson earned a Super Bowl ring. He also spent a year in Buffalo with the Bills but did not play a single snap in the regular season.

An Alabama native, Jackson played collegiately at Arkansas before transferring to Alabama State University. He became an All-SWAC player at Alabama State before moving on to the NFL.

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