Obstacles into Opportunity 2

South Fulton’s Edwin Jackson Makes the League and Inspires Youth

Edwin Jackson, also known as “Pound Cake,” is the starting linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts heading into the 2017 season. A native Atlantan, Edwin began playing football in the eighth grade. Originally interested in playing basketball and baseball in the Sandtown and Benhill Park recreation leagues, Edwin had no idea that he’d end up where he is today. He gave football a shot and fell in love with it.

Edwin played football at Westlake High School, and while he didn’t receive a scholarship, he did not allow that to deter him, trying out for the Georgia Southern University team as a walk-on. The rest is history. Edwin left Georgia Southern as one of the school’s all-time greatest linebackers. In June 2015, Edwin was an undrafted free agent with the Arizona Cardinals, starting out his professional career. However, he wasn’t picked up by the Cardinals and instead received an invitation from the Indianapolis Colts to be a part of their team. He immediately flew to Indianapolis to join the Colts’ practice squad, where he remained for the Colts’ final three games and ultimately made the Colts’ final roster in 2016. Edwin has worked his way up from simply being a special team’s player to the starting linebacker.

In his spare time, Edwin enjoys giving back to the community.

“It’s truly a way to show your former coaches, teachers, parents, and just the entire community that you are thankful,” he shares. “I remember players from the South Fulton area, such as Sean Jones, Pacman Jones, Keyaron Fox and Calvin Johnson, always coming back to spread love. I knew at an early age that I would do the same once I made it.”

Edwin says he wants young people who look up to him to remember that difficult times will come, but patience and hard work are key. He advises young men who want to pursue a career in football to get a quality education and understand their passion without football.

Edwin’s journey is a true reflection of how persistence, faith and dedication can pay off!