Colts’ Jackson, who began career in Arizona, killed in car accident
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man were killed in Indiana early Sunday when a suspected drunk driver struck them as they stood in the emergecy shoulder of a highway, reports IndyStar.com.
Police believe that Jackson, 26, was being driven by 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, who pulled over to help the Colts linebacker, who was believed to have gotten ill.
The suspect attempted to leave the scene of the crash on foot but was apprehended by an officer, reports IndyStar.com.
Our hearts and prayers are with Edwin Jackson’s family. Terrific young man, respected and liked by all. Rest In Peace, Edwin.
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) February 4, 2018
“Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization,” the team said in a statement. “We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths, and he will be greatly missed in our locker room and throughout our entire organization.
“We also understand that another person lost his life in the accident, only adding to our sorrow on this day. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time.”
Jackson went undrafted out of Georgia Southern in 2015 but played for the Cardinals from May 5 through August 31 during the preseason.
He was signed in December 2015 to the Colts’ practice squad and didn’t appear in a game as a rookie before he burst onto the scene last year, recording 66 tackles and two sacks.