Keith Jackson was born April 19, 1965, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was raised in a single parent home where love and discipline went hand-in-hand. Keith began playing football at the early age of 9 with the Sunset Tigers in his home town. His love of the game continued throughout junior high school and onread the rest
Keith Jackson was born April 19, 1965 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He began playing football at the age of 9 with the Sunset Tigers in his home town. His love of the game continued throughout junior high school on into high school at Little Rock Parkview, where he was Parade All-American and three-sport letterman. While in high school, Keith played the cello in the orchestra.
Upon graduating from Parkview, Keith attended the University of Oklahoma (1984-1987) on a football scholarship as a tight end. During his college career, he assisted the Sooners to a 42-5-1 record and a national championship in 1985. He recorded a total of 62 receptions for 1,407 yards, an average of 23.7 yards per catch and was selected three times to the All Big Eight team and named two-time Athletic All-American. Keith graduated with academic honors and a BA in Communications in 3 ½ years.
In 1988, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Keith as the thirteenth pick of the first round in the National Football League draft. Keith made an immediate impact on the Eagles’ team and the NFL during his rookie season. Keith recorded 81 receptions for 869 yards and 6 touchdowns in his first season, along with seven catches for 142 yards in the Eagles only playoff game that year, and was the NFC offensive rookie of the year and the only first-year player to be selected by the NFL for the Pro Bowl. In his nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Miami Dolphins, and Green Bay, Keith was selected to the Pro Bowl 6 times (1988-1990, 1992, 1996) and 3-time All-Pro. In his final season, Keith recorded 40 receptions for 505 yards and career high 10 touchdowns, assisting the Packers to a 16-3 record and a win in Super Bowl XXXI.
Keith finished his career with 441 receptions for 5,283 yards and 49 touchdowns.
Before retiring from the NFL, Keith’s heart was touched by the violence and turmoil the youth of this nation was facing. He felt that someone needed to do something to keep from losing the leaders of tomorrow to senseless crimes and death. Little did he realize that the vision would be given to him by God. He spent much of his time off of the field promoting the vision entrusted to him developing an academic center that would give the youth in his hometown of Little Rock, hope, strong values, and academic confidence. In 1992, this vision became a reality with the incorporation of P.A.R.K. (Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids). P.A.R.K. became a non-profit organization under his leadership as President of the P.A.R.K. Inc. Board, Keith not only puts his name and personal money into the program; he also puts in countless hours with the youth of this program.
Keith Jackson has also combined his college degree in communications and his professional playing experience to become a broadcast analyst with TNT television for one year, the Oklahoma Sooner football radio network in 1998, Fox Sports Network in 1999 and the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network in 2000, where he still works as a color analyst. He has become one of the most dynamic and inspirational speakers in the country. His speaking engagements include churches, civic groups, corporations and schools.
Keith has earned several accolades and awards since retiring from the NFL. Honors include, but not limited to the Jaycee’s “Outstanding Young Arkansan Award” – 1994, Arkansas torch bearer for the Summer Olympics – 1996, Community Service Award – 1997, Arkansas Black Hall of Fame – 1997, KARK Channel 4 Boys Club “Man of the Year,” Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree – Ouachita Baptist University – 2004, Power Play Magazine 2004 “Power Player of the Year,” NCCJ Humanitarian Award – 2005, I.A.B.C. Communicator of the Year – 2005, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters – Lyon College – 2007, Mayor’s Town Spirit Award, NFL top 85 players, NCAA Class of 2013 Silver Anniversary Award, and the Little Rock Rotary 2015 Business and Professional Leader Award. Not only does Keith serve on the P.A.R.K. Inc. Board, but is on the board of BancorpSouth, the Baptist Health, Donaghey, and College Football Foundations.read less