Jordan Jackson is like most kids his age. He watches "Rick and Morty" in his downtime and listens to Kendrick Lamar. He's the starting fullback on Castle View's football team, a natural outlet for the junior's love of contact and running the ball. But one thing about Jackson separates him from his peers: He was born without a left hand.
So far this season, he's rushed for 532 yards and scored eight touchdowns, including five against Legend High School Sept. 21.
Jackson recently met Shaquem Griffin, a rookie linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks who also has one hand. Meeting Griffin inspired Jackson that his dream of reaching the NFL is possible. For now, Jackson is focused on catching the eyes of college scouts.
Spoken like a true fullback, Jackson doesn't mind letting his teammates make the big plays.
“I like running the ball and I like blocking,” Jackson said, “and it's pretty cool when people make a play behind you.”
Jackson averages 5.5 yards per carry on about 16 carries a game. Twice he broke the 100-yard mark as a rusher, once against Legend High School (118) and once against Fossil Ridge (136).
“We treat Jordan like everybody else because he's earned that right. We don't use his handicap, nor does he, as an excuse. He's playing about as well as anybody right now. He's running the ball, blocking well, becoming a better player every time he practices. He's got a better work ethic in practice than he had, and it's showing on the field. He's playing at a high level, and I think he could be an all-conference player if we can win some games.”
Todd Casebier, Castle View football coach
What's your favorite play to make on the field?
I like running G-O, which is just a handoff to the fullback. I don't usually score, but I get to hit people.
What was it like to meet Shaquem Griffin?
It was cool. It's cool to see somebody there where they have the same situation I'm in and they still made it.
Do you have a pre-game ritual?
Not really, other than what coach gives us, which is just a banana, some trail mix and an Uncrustables (peanut butter and jelly sandwich).
Do you have any favorite music you listen to before a game?
I listen to some rap, Kendrick Lamar and all that kind of stuff.
What do you do in your free time?
I watch Netflix a lot. I watch “That 70's Show” sometimes, "Rick and Morty," which is on Hulu. I watch football a lot. Don't play video games a whole lot.
Do you have a favorite NFL team?
I like the (Kansas City) Chiefs. I like Tyreek Hill (wide receiver) a lot.
Any plans for after high school?
I want to play football for whatever school wants me. Maybe after that, go to the NFL, play somewhere professional or something like that.
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