Happy Birthday to former Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson, who today turns 61.
Although Jackson is now known for his work as a football analyst at ESPN (since 1987), Jackson's legacy as a Denver Bronco and member of the Orange Crush is epic. During his 14-year career, TJ appeared in two Super Bowls and was a three-time Pro Bowler. Jackson was a classic "tweener" who thrived in Joe Collier's 3-4 defense in the 70s and 80s. It resulted in Jackson being inducted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame. Did we mention he was a mainstay of the Orange Crush?
Another reason we love Jackson, of course, is that he originally uttered the phrase (and the very name of this website) "It's all over, fat man!" in 1977 to then Raiders coach John Madden in Week 5 as the Broncos crushed the Raiders 30-7. You might say it was disrespectful. We prefer to call it a restating of the facts. When Jackson said what he said to Madden, the game, in fact, was over. And, facts being facts, Madden was (and still is) the original Oakland butterball. Sebastian Janikowski and JaMarcus Russell came way late to the party.
A few things you might not know about Tom Jackson:
- At Louisville, TJ played under Lee Corso.
- Jackson's #50 was retired by Louisville in 1999.
- Jackson was nicknamed "Tiny Tom." He's only 5-11.
- As a kid, Jackson was a Cleveland Browns fan.
- Also as a kid, he played baseball and excelled at wrestling.
- To hone his pass coverage skills, he slept with a football while in college.
Keep up the good work, Tom Jackson. Without you, this website would be named something like sopredominantlynavyblue.com or bigtimemilehighasskissers.com. And we wouldn't be nearly as smug and cocksure.