Indianapolis Colts Linebacker, Edwin “Pound Cake” Jackson was killed just hours before Sunday’s Super Bowl LII. The 26-year-old linebacker was hit by a suspected drunk driver just before 4 a.m. on Sunday on Interstate 70 in Indiana.
Indianapolis Colts released a statement expressing their grief at the loss of the young Colt”
“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing. Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. 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.”
According to a police press release, the second man killed alongside Jackson was 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe–believed to be Jackson’s ride-share driver. The two men were standing outside their 2018 Lincoln when a Ford F-150 driven by 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales– who was allegedly intoxicated– drove onto the emergency shoulder and hit the two men.
The community, friends and teammates reacted on Twitter to the news of Jackson’s passing.
It was in Arizona that Jackson earned his nickname “Pound Cake.” The young man out of Southern Georgia missed his initial interview with the Cardinals due to a missed flight to Phoenix. In an effort to “re-make” a good first impression, Jackson’s mother made some pound cakes to give to the defensive staff.
Jackson described the meeting to the IndyStar, ““I get there and we sit down and they were really mad at me,” Jackson said. “They don’t know who I am. That was my first impression. So, I reach in my bag and pull out the cakes. It’s like the (aroma) went right into their noses. I said, ‘These are homemade, South Georgia pound cakes.’ And I gave one each to the whole defensive staff. They loved them.”
The Cardinals did end up signing Jackson as an undrafted free agent. He was given a chance and a nickname.
“I got to practice, and everybody’s calling me ‘Pound Cake’,” he continued.
That nickname was not forgotten by the NFL community. The Atlanta native did play the NFL pre-season of 2015 with Arizona. After being cut, he was picked up later that same year by the Colts. The following season, Jackson played all 16 games for Indianapolis including 8 starts. He spent 2017 on the Colts injured reserve list.
Pound Cake was anything but soft and sweet as a punishing defensive linebacker. He terrorized offenses and recorded 66 tackles in his one real year of professional football. Jackson was definitely a rising star and loved by those who knew him.
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