Edwin Jackson’s family offers thanks for “overwhelming expressions of love”

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Super Bowl Sunday got off to a somber start with the news that Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was dead at 26 after he was hit by a drunk driver while standing on the side of a highway in Indianapolis.

Colts General Manager Chris Ballard offered one of many remembrances of Jackson’s life during a press conference on Wednesday and Jackson’s family offered thanks to all of those who have reached out in the wake of their loss.

“The parents and family of Edwin Jackson would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming expressions of love, condolences, concern, and care during this sudden and tragic loss. We were blessed to have had an amazing son who lived a life that extended respect, love, and genuine concern to everyone. He showed compassion for his community and strived to be an example to kids who looked up to him.

“We have lost a son, a brother, a nephew, and an uncle. The Indianapolis Colts and the National Football League have lost a young and rising star – one who truly loved the game of football, and played it with a passion. We thank the City of Indianapolis for embracing Edwin and treating him as one of their own. We also thank Mr. Irsay and the entire Colts organization for allowing Edwin to fulfill his dream of playing the game that he worked so hard for and loved immensely. We are also grateful for the Georgia Southern University and Westlake High School communities, who supported Edwin along his journey to success.

“While we mourn the loss of an amazing young man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that his life serves as an example to young people around the world that, with a plan and hard work, dreams can come true. As we grieve our loss, we are aware that the family of Mr. Jeffrey Monroe also grieves the loss of their loved one. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to them during this time.

“In this darkest moment, we choose to remember Edwin for the wonderful things he accomplished in his short time on earth, including the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation that he started to empower athletes and youth. For those seeking to honor Edwin, we ask that in lieu of flowers and cards you help to keep his legacy alive by contributing to his foundation. To learn more visit www.EdwinJackson53.com.”

Monroe’s family has asked that those looking for a way to pay their respects consider giving money to Back On My Feet. The organization works to combat homelessness “through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.”

Monroe will be laid to rest on Friday in Indianapolis while Jackson’s funeral will be held on Monday in Atlanta.

8 responses to “Edwin Jackson’s family offers thanks for “overwhelming expressions of love”

  1. There’s a lot one can question about this organization.

    But, flaws and all, its heart is consistently in the right place.

    My condolences to the families.

  2. RIP to both guys. It’s a shame our government has not done enough to prevent illegal aliens “dreamers” from entering our country. They both would be alive today if proper border security was in place.

  3. They both would be alive today if proper border security was in place.
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    C’mon man with politicizing this. Drunk drivers come in all shapes and sizes. We just had an old white guy full of pain meds run over a group of people a mile from my house. People of all races are quite capable of sucking. I’m not a liberal but do get quite sick of the righties keeping tabs on and politicizing every crime committed by an undocumented. They totally gloss over the fact that these people commit fewer crims in average than average Americans.

  4. If the our Government did it’s job, the man who killed him wouldn’t have been here. That’s an indisputable fact.

  5. kane337 says:
    February 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm
    RIP to both guys. It’s a shame our government has not done enough to prevent illegal aliens “dreamers” from entering our country. They both would be alive today if proper border security was in place.

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    11000 people die from DUI/DWI each year. 2 are from illegal immigrants. The rest are from home grown a-holes who drink too much and drive. The problem isn’t immigration, it’s that we don’t take a dim enough view of drinking and driving. If you want to politicize two men’s deaths, then perhaps YOU should get your indisputable facts right, and that is that “the government doesn’t do it’s job when it comes to substance abuse and driving.” That isn’t a MAGA thing genius.

    For my part my heart goes out to these two people and their families. My cousin was killed in said manner years ago, and no, it wasn’t an illegal immigrant. We didn’t care why.

  6. ” pkrlvr says:
    February 8, 2018 at 12:21 pm
    They both would be alive today if proper border security was in place.
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    C’mon man with politicizing this. Drunk drivers come in all shapes and sizes. We just had an old white guy full of pain meds run over a group of people a mile from my house. People of all races are quite capable of sucking. I’m not a liberal but do get quite sick of the righties keeping tabs on and politicizing every crime committed by an undocumented. They totally gloss over the fact that these people commit fewer crims in average than average Americans.”

    Uh no..look at the numbers before you go throwing out things you only have an opinion on and try to make it fact. Per the FBI, there were 67,642 murders in the U.S. from 2005 through 2008, and 115,717 from 2003 through 2009. Per the GAO, criminal aliens committed 25,064 of them. That means they committed 22% to 37% of all murders in the U.S., while being only 3.52% to 8.25% of the population. criminal and illegal aliens commit murder at much higher rates than all inhabitants of the U.S. – at least 3 to 10 times higher.

    And I can agree keep football about football, but this is outside of football.

  7. there are people who care, then there are people who accept law breakers, and thats why nothing ever gets done

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