He first served his country in World World War II, and returned home to he enroll in North Carolina A&T State University from 1946 to 1950. Jackson played fullback and linebacker at NCA&T. He is the first HBCU alumnus to be drafted by an NFL team when he was selected by the New York Giants in the 16th round (202nd overall) of the 1950 NFL Draft. After his two-year stint in the NFL, Jackson went an obtained his master"s degree at Springfield College (Massachusetts).
He devoted over 40 years of his life to coaching and developing competitive student athletes.
Even though Jackson spent most of his career at North Carolina Central University, he also coached football, basketball, track, and tennis at Johnson C. Smith University, Saint Augustine"s University, Shaw University, and Texas Southern University. He also served as a faculty member, trainer, and equipment manager at some of these institutions.
Jackson died on March 14, 2010 at Capital Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.