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Vershan Jackson[edit]

Three Time NCAA National Champion and Former NFL Football Player and Coach[edit]

Vershan Jackson (born February 27th, 1975.[1]) is an American Football player and Coach. He is best known as being an integral part of the historical run of National Championship Victories for the NCAA - Div 1A University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1994, 1995, and 1997. Jackson was a Tight End and Full Back for the huskers also a captain of the team in 1997. Jackson was a NFL free agent signee by the Seattle Seahawks in 1998, he then signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a running back in 1999. They allocated him to Berlin for 2000 NFL Europe (Berlin Thunder). He gained 112 yards before an injury ended his 2000 NFL Europe Season.

Early Years[edit]

Jackson attended Omaha South High School[2] He participated in the Shrine Bowl in 1993. Founded on May 13, 1958, The Shrine Bowl features the best high school football players Nebraska has to offer. These players come together for an all star game each year to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.[3]

College Career[edit]

Under the coaching instruction of Tom Osborne, Nebraska's longest tenured coach in the history of the program, Vershan stepped onto the field as a scholarship recruit[4] freshman in 1994. Jackson saw duty in 38 games (five starts) at fullback and tight end at Nebraska, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors at tight end as a junior. [5] Jackson was a member of the 1994, 1995 & 1997 National Championship Teams and Team Captain (1997).[2]

Professional Experience - NFL[edit]

Vershan Jackson was a free agent in 1998 and was signed by the Seattle Seahawks (April 1998). Jackson was cut[6] from the team in August 1998 along with 18 other players as Seattle had to cut their roster down to the NFL max of 60 players. Jackson became a free agent again and on March 6th 1999[5] was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs along with 15 other free agents. His 1999 season with the Chiefs came to a halt when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the August 15th, 1999 preseason win over Tennessee. [7] In 2000 the Kansas City Chiefs sent Jackson to participate in the NFL Europe league on the Berlin Thunder. The 2000 Berlin Thunder season was the second season for the franchise in the NFL EuropeLeague (NFLEL). The team was led by head coach Peter Vaas in his first year, and played its home games at Jahn-Sportpark in Berlin, Germany. They finished the regular season in sixth place with a record of four wins and six losses[8]

Professional Affiliations[edit]

Former Husker INC[edit]

Vershan Jackson is the President & CEO of Former Husker INC. This business was founded in 2002 and he is currently still the president. This organization organizes special events/projects for professional athletes. He also organizes and coordinates outreach and mentoring programs for youth. He also has created and facilitated distribution of scholarships for over 100 youth athletes.

M.E.R.C. Personal Trainer[edit]

Jackson Trained high school athletes, executives, and several former Huskers who are now active in the NFL (Niles Paul, Larry Asante, Cody Glen, Ndamukong Suh, and DJ Goimes).

Coaching Career[edit]

Running Back Coach - Omaha Beef - Indoor Arena Football - Omaha, Nebraska[edit]

Jackson was the running back coach for the Omaha Beef Indoor Arena Football team from 2002-2003. During this season he helped lead the team to have the most rushing yards in the league. During this season the Beef finished 1st in their league.[9]

Program Director & Head Football Coach - AG Warriors Football Program[edit]

Vershan held this role for 3 seasons, from 2005-2007.

Recruiting Intern - University of Nebraska - Lincoln[edit]

Jackson assisted during the 2007 and 2008 seasons to help build the Husker Football program for Bill Callahan. He also organized/hosted on campus visits for prospective students/athletes and coordinated and coached the Nebraska Football Camp (over 900 athletes).

Program Director & Head Football Coach - The Abbott Sports Program aka Nebraska Football Academy[10][edit]

Vershan Jackson successfully recruited, trained players, staff coaches, and administrators from 2008-2011. The Nebraska Football Academy is year around Football Academy in Lincoln Nebraska specializing in skills and conditioning classes, youth flag/tackle/ football with summer camps/personal training.

Asst Running Back/Special Teams Coach - Omaha Nighthawks Football - UFL[edit]

Vershan assisted with the end of the Omaha Nighthawks 1st season in 2010 and the beginning of the 2011 season. He helped 2 Running backs avg, 5.9ypc.

Running Back Coach - Wayne State College[edit]

During the 2012 season, Jackson assisted Wayne State University develop running backs. He helped 2 Running backs avg, 4.9ypc.

Special Teams Coordinator RB/TE/OL/DL Coach - Concordia Lutheran High School - Omaha, NE[4][edit]

During the 2017 season, Jackson assisted Concordia Lutheran in building fundamentals with athletes.

  1. "Vershan Jackson". NFL.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Notable Alumni". Omaha South Packer Football. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  3. "Nebraska Shrine Bowl". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Anatomy of an Era: Vershan Jackson, Part 1 | September 24, 2018". HuskerMax. 2018-09-24. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Google Groups". groups.google.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  6. "Tough day for former". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  7. "Google Groups". groups.google.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  8. "2000 Berlin Thunder season", Wikipedia, 2018-04-05, retrieved 2018-10-31
  9. "Omaha Beef", Wikipedia, 2018-10-30, retrieved 2018-10-31
  10. Reporter, Jeremy Woznick, Sports. "Camping with the Huskers". starherald.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.

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