Terry Jackson joins UF football staff
Former UF tailback Terry Jackson has been hired as the Gators' new Director of Player and Community Relations.
Jackson, a Gainesville native, was a member of UF’s 1996 National Championship team and a seven-year veteran of the NFL.
"Terry is a great addition to our football staff,” UF coach Urban Meyer said. “He is someone who is very committed and loyal to The Gator Nation and a great ambassador for our football program. He will be a tremendous
mentor, leader and role model for our players. He has excelled at every endeavor - from serving as Student Body Vice- President and playing on the 1996 National Championship to his career in the NFL. He is deeply rooted in the local community and we are excited to have him join our staff.”
Jackson played in 36 games in his collegiate career with 16 starts. He also played in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, 1997 Sugar Bowl and started the 1999 Orange Bowl. Jackson had 321 career carries for 1,794 yards (5.6 avg.) and 17 touchdowns. He also had 59 career receptions for 645 yards (10.9 avg.) and four touchdowns. Jackson lettered at Florida from 1995-98 after a redshirt year in 1994.
He graduated from Florida in December of 1998 following an outstanding academic career. He was named to the 1998 GTE Academic All-America Second Team and was a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. He received an Outstanding Senior Leadership Award from the University upon graduation and was the Student Body Vice-President for the 1998-99 academic year.
“It is an honor to come back and work at my alma mater,” Jackson said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in Gainesville and have a chance to live out all of my childhood dreams, from playing for
the Gators and winning a national championship to playing in the NFL. Coming back to work with the University of Florida football program has also been a dream of mine.”