Born on 10th April 1988, Kareem Jackson is a football strong safety of the United States of America who plays for the National Football League’s Denver Broncos.
Jackson played college-level football in Alabama. The Houston Texas drafted him in the 1st round of the NFL Draft of 2010.
Jackson took admission at Fork Union Military Academy. It was here that the player switched his position from being a running back to cornerback. Rivals.com regarded him as a 4-star recruit. In 2007, the player was ranked as the Number 17 prospect in prep school.
College Football Career
During his true freshman year, the player started in twelve of thirteen games while playing for the Crimson Tide. Jackson was ranked 2nd on his team with 3 interceptions that season. He was ranked 4th with 4 pass breakups.
The player recorded sixty-six tackles in that season, which was 5th-best in the team. Jackson was subsequently awarded the honors of Freshman All-American. In 2008, the player was 8th on his teams in tackles with 44. That included twenty-eight solo stops.
In 2009, when Jackson was a junior he started in all fourteen games. The player had 49 tackles and was 5th on the team. He broke up thirteen passes and had 1 interception.
It was on 15th January 2010 when Kareem Jackson announced that he would let go of his senior season, as well as, participate in the National Football League Draft.
He got an invitation to the NFL Combine after stepping out of Alabama. Jackson completed all required drills and the entire workout.
The player felt satisfied with his overall performance. He opted to participate only in positional drills at the Pro Day of Alabama.
He gave a good performance and most of the scouts and analysts projected his potential to be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round. NFLDraftScout.com ranked the payer as the thirty-second overall prospect and the 5th best cornerback.
On the other hand, WalterFootball.com listed him as the 4th best cornerback.in their scouting report.
Meanwhile, according to Sports Illustrated, he was the 4th best cornerback in that NFL draft trailing just behind players like Joe Haden, Kyle Wilson, as well as, Devin McCourty.
Kareem Jackson was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 1st-round of the NFL Draft of 2010. He was the 20th overall pick in that year’s draft. The Houston Texas signed a contract with Jackson on 30th July 2010.
It was a 13.52 million contract for 5 years and included a signing bonus amounting to 875,500 USD and a guaranteed amount of 7.36 million USD.
He participated in the rookie training camp opposite veteran player Glover Quin. He played his professional debut game in the season-opener game of the Houston Texans against the Indianapolis Colts.
The player entered the season of 2012 along with Jonathan Joseph as the starting comeback. The duo returned in the following year as the starting cornerback for the Houston Texans. He emerged as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season of 2015. Jackson was also one of the best free-agent cornerbacks.
Kareem Jackson signed a contract worth 33 million USD for three years on 13th March 2019 with the Denver Broncos.
Kareem Jackson was suspended on 17th December 2019 from playing the last two games of the season of 2019.
The suspension order came after he was arrested in September that year for DUI. Jackson’s suspension was lifted on 30th December 2019.
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