Reports: Former Vikings QB Jackson killed in crash

Reports: Former Vikings QB Jackson killed in crash Photo: KSTP.

Updated: April 13, 2020 11:02 AM
Created: April 13, 2020 08:54 AM

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was killed Sunday night in a car crash in Alabama. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported the news Monday morning.

Jackson, 36, was an offensive analyst and quarterbacks coach at Tennessee State University, according to the university's website.


ESPN Reporter Courtney Cronin said the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency confirmed to her that Jackson was killed when the Chevrolet Camaro he was driving left the road, struck a tree and overturned.

The Vikings drafted Jackson out of Alabama State 64th overall in 2006. He went on to play five seasons with the team before spending four other seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and one with the Buffalo Bills. He won a Super Bowl with Seattle in 2014.

During his time with the Vikings, Jackson played in 36 games, starting 20 of them, and threw for 3,984 yards with 24 touchdowns and 26 interceptions, and ran for another 535 yards and four touchdowns, according to

The Vikings acknowledged the news and released the following statement Monday:

"The entire Vikings family is saddened by the news of Tarvaris Jackson being taken from us too soon. One of Tarvaris' greatest attributes was his positive outlook and approach. He genuinely cared about others, was a good friend and will be missed by family, teammates and Vikings fans everywhere. We send our deepest condolences to his family."

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