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Former Eagles center Jamaal Jackson retires

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Alper pointed out on Friday that former Eagles center Jamaal Jackson was among the veteran free agents attending Giants rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. But it didn’t take long for Jackson to realize that he’s lost his passion for football, and he retired over the weekend.

“He came in and he was very nice,” said Giants coach Tom Coughlin, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “He just said, ‘Coach, I just don’t feel like my heart’s in it.'”

Though Jackson called it quits at age 32, his career ultimately was a success. Jackson went undrafted out of Delaware State in 2003. He emerged as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting center in 2005, and held onto the job until the 2010 season.

Jackson finished his career with 72 starts.

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21 Responses to “Former Eagles center Jamaal Jackson retires”
  1. 7to10for6allday says: May 13, 2012 7:48 PM

    Good for him. Hopefully he was wise with his money and can enjoy the rest of his life.

  2. cobrala2 says: May 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    I always liked him.

  3. nerdyturdy says: May 13, 2012 8:01 PM

    You did a nice job for the Eagles. Good luck in retirement, JJ.

  4. mungman69 says: May 13, 2012 8:13 PM

    A great pro. Wish him all the luck. Thanks.

  5. cleverbob says: May 13, 2012 8:18 PM

    Class act. I can only wish him good health and success in whatever comes next.

  6. sledgehorn says: May 13, 2012 8:24 PM

    A really under-appreciated player during his time. A little injury prone, but when he was playing he was a top-tier center. A class-act who never complained about getting supplanted by a 6th round pick last year. Congrats on a quality career Jamaal.

  7. nice2meetumarco says: May 13, 2012 8:54 PM

    It’s always nice when a player is able to retire on his terms. Rare, but nice.

  8. justanotherdummy says: May 13, 2012 8:57 PM

    A solid pro who did get a decent contract from the Birds a few years back to set him up for awhile. Thanks for the effort JJ.

  9. jerseybrian3 says: May 13, 2012 9:06 PM

    Felt he lost his job w/ eagles due to change in coach and still could start somewhere. Best wishes to center stage.

  10. derekjetersmansion says: May 13, 2012 9:20 PM

    He really didn’t want to compete with rookies, and I don’t blame him considering his career.

  11. thegreatestofalltimes says: May 13, 2012 9:38 PM

    A good man, good center, who has had a good career. I hope he’s happy in his retirement as he’s deserved it.

    Thanks Jamaal.

    From an Eagles fan.

  12. jacksaysfu says: May 13, 2012 11:50 PM

    Eagles nation is proud to of had you under center . It’s a shame his heart’s not in it anymore cause he was a beast in the pre-season , he just didn’t fit Howard Mudds system . JJ was a reliable , consistent force as Philly’s center for many years . Enjoy your retirement Jackson !

  13. jacksaysfu says: May 13, 2012 11:57 PM

    He’s an Eagle through & through . He contemplated playing for the G-men but the thought of it just made him sick …. Undervalued player , at least you can work on your golf game now JJ

  14. schuckme says: May 14, 2012 12:50 AM

    The man is a true class act im sad to see him go, as an Eagles fan i tip my hat to the man i never thought would supplant fan favorite hank fraley, not only did he do so but he became better than fraley.. he never complained about anything not once, he went out every practice n every game and did his job and did it extremely well.. it was a huge blow when he went down in the same game as Leonard Weaver.. its no coincidence the line struggled badly since.. Jamaal i wish u nothing but the best in the future good luck and above all, on behalf of Eagles fans everywhere WE THANK YOU!

  15. rajbais says: May 14, 2012 12:58 AM

    Poor guy. I remember how he emerged as a starter, but encountered unexpected injuries that derailed his playing time in Philadelphia. I hope he has a joyous and wonderful retirement!

  16. fmwarner says: May 14, 2012 2:23 AM

    Jamaal was a quality player and far outworked the undrafted start to his career. Thanks for your work and good luck in your future endeavors!

  17. godeepwvu says: May 14, 2012 5:23 AM

    Jackson was an unsung hero for the Eagles for many years…..a solid player and good leader. Injuries really derailed his career. Good luck in retirement.

  18. birdsin2012 says: May 14, 2012 5:47 AM

    was a solid center for 5 yrs with the Birdz…….good luck and thanx !!!!

  19. randallflagg52 says: May 14, 2012 7:10 AM

    The fact that he cought on to an NFL team for so long after playing college ball at Delaware State really says something about this guy’s ethic and talent. I was stationed in Dover for 2 years and that college is not a football school at all. I’ve seen high schools that had bigger stadiums.

    Best of luck Jamaal.

  20. chalkruz1989 says: May 14, 2012 7:58 AM

    Really enjoyed Jamaal Jackson and that is saying something considering I am not an Eagles fan. I have lived in the area my whole life and he was just one of those players that had a great head on his shoulders and never had a negative thing to say. Annoyed me how Howard Mudd pretty much kicked him out of Philly. Best of luck to you Jamaal in your future endeavors.

  21. pflynn20 says: May 14, 2012 9:08 AM

    Solid center. Solid career. Thanks for the years JJ. Good luck

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