Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson dies in a car crash in Alabama on Sunday night. He was 36 years old.
At the time of crash Jackson was driving 2012 Chevrolet Camaro which “left the roadway, struck a tree, and overturned,” a spokesperson for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency told.
The former Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks quarterback was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The crash occurred about 7 miles south of his hometown of Montgomery, Albama.
Jackson was the Tigers’ quarterbacks coach in 2019 after spending a year as a quality control and quarterbacks coach at his alma mater, Alabama State.
Jackson is survived by his wife, Lakitta, and three children, Tarvaris, Takayla and Tyson.
“My heart is so heavy with hurt hearing of the passing of Coach Jackson,” said Tennessee State director of athletics Teresa Phillips. “We were blessed with him for a short time but he did make an impact with our young men in this one season at TSU. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his young family and all who knew and loved him.”
Several of Jackson’s former NFL teammates and coaches took to Twitter after hearing the news of his death.
“Our entire Vikings family is saddened by the news of Tarvaris Jackson being taken from us too soon,” the Minnesota Vikings said on Twitter. “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.”
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll tweeted “Tarvaris Jackson was a beloved teammate, competitor, and Seahawk. He will be deeply missed. So heartbroken by the news of his passing and sending our condolences to his family and friends.”
Former Vikings player Chad Greenway wrote on Twitter “RIP Tavaris Jackson. TJack was one of the best teammates and friends. Drafted together in 06’ and he will be missed.”