Selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the ninth round of the 1971 NFL Draft, Honor Jackson was a standout player throughout this three-year NFL career. In 1972, he was traded to the New England Patriots and took on a new position as the team's starting safety. Jackson later played for the New York Giants and completed his career with five interceptions for 133 yards.
Today, Jackson serves as the executive director of "Fence at the Top" (FATT), a non-profit, comprehensive mentoring program that assists youths in developing decision-making skills and methods necessary to attain their goals. The program brings together educators, families, businesses, retired sports professionals and the community at large in an effort to provide mentoring sessions to high risk students. The hope is that these sessions help students become productive citizens by enabling them to graduate from high school, mentor the next generation of youth and aspire to attend college.
A dual athlete in football and track, Jackson graduated from the University of the Pacific with a degree in sociology. The then-wide receiver earned All-PCAA honors as a senior in 1970 and was 12th in the nation for receiving average that same year. In 1970, he was presented with the Tigers' Robert E. Burns Award for Excellence of Performance. Jackson ranks eighth in school history with 1,236 receiving yards in his career and was inducted into the Pacific Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
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Kirk Morrison was selected by the Oakland Raiders as a third-round draft pick in the 2005 NFL draft. The Oakland-native is in his fifth season with the Raiders where he has been their starting linebacker since his rookie season. During his first four NFL seasons, Morrison recorded 488 tackles, seven interceptions, 16 passes defensed, three sacks, four fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and a touchdown. In a recent showing against the Kansas City Chiefs, Morrison was credited with 13 unassisted tackles, the most unassisted tackles in a game in his career.
Morrison is often considered the go-to-guy when it comes to service in the local community. Each holiday season, he gathers a number of teammates and friends for his annual "Shop with a Jock" event, during which children from the East Oakland Youth Development Center are treated to dinner and a shopping spree at Wal-Mart. Last Christmas he also signed autographs outside the Raider Image store to support and encourage donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. As part of the "NFL Take a Player to School" promotion last year, Morrison also spoke to elementary schools students about the importance of exercise and staying active.
Morrison attended San Diego State University, where he earned a degree in criminal justice. While at SDSU, he became the first two-time All-American since Marshall Faulk. Morrison was also a four-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and two-time MWC Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his career ranked second on the school's all-time tackle list with 396 tackles.
Director of Financial Programs with the NFL Players Association, is responsible for the administration and development of programs that assist players in achieving long-term financial stability. These programs include registration of financial advisors, fraud prevention and financial education.
A twenty-year veteran of the NFLPA, Dana has served in numerous roles including legal manager for 12 years where she was responsible for the administration of a $110 million settlement fund for 2000 recipients. It was during her tenure as a legal manager that she developed a passion for helping players preserve the wealth they achieved during their playing careers.
Dana's most notable achievement is assisting in the development of the NFLPA Registered Player Financial Advisors Program, which is the first of its kind in professional sports. Her passion is creating educational programs for players and assisting financial advisors in their dealings with this unique clientele.
Dana holds a degree in legal studies from the University of Maryland, University College and is currently pursuing a master's in personal finance from the College for Financial Planning.