A standout left tackle who appeared in more than 200 career games for the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers, and Cincinnati Bengals, John Jackson now shares his expertise and life experience as a sports consultant and motivational speaker.
A 10th -round pick of the Steelers in 1988, Jackson spent his first 10 professional seasons (1988-97) in the “Steel City,” including his first four under Hall of Fame Head Coach Chuck Noll. Including playoffs, Jackson played in 166 games for the Steelers during those 10 seasons and he started 105. Jackson started all 13 of the Steelers’ playoff games during his tenure in Pittsburgh, including three AFC Championship games and a Super Bowl XXX defeat to the Dallas Cowboys. A two-time Pro Bowl alternate (1994 and 1996), Jackson was named first-team All-Pro by USA Today in 1995 and second-team All-Pro by Football Digest in 1996. Also in 1996, United Press International (UPI) named him to its All-AFC team.
Jackson left Pittsburgh via free agency in 1998, spending the last four seasons of his career with the Chargers (1998-99) and Bengals (2000-01). At the end of the 2000 season, Jackson was honored with the Ed Block Courage Award for outstanding professionalism, dedication, sportsmanship, and courage.
Jackson retired from the NFL in 2001.
After hanging up his helmet, Jackson moved over to the administrative side of sports as a director of client services and executive vice president for KMG Sports Management Group in Cincinnati. His responsibilities with KMG included negotiating sponsorship and endorsement contracts with some of the most recognizable brands in sports.
Shortly after leaving KMG, Jackson parlayed his business-development experience into a role as vice president of development and operations for Florida-based Teph Seal.
Jackson was born in Okinawa, Japan. His family relocated to the states when he was __ and settled in Cincinnati. Jackson played just one season of high school football at Woodward High School in the “Queen City” before earning an opportunity to continue his career at Eastern Kentucky University. Despite a late introduction to the game, Jackson started three years for the Colonels and he earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors while serving as a co-captain as a senior.
During his professional playing career, Jackson oversaw a charitable foundation that bore his name. The foundation supported numerous nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity. In 1997, Jackson made a special appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, delivering a wheelbarrow that carried $5,000 in coins as a donation toward Winfrey’s Angel Network.
Jackson has two sons, Josh and Jordan. He and his wife, Tina, reside in Cincinnati.