Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Former mayor, National Football League player dies in double fatal motorcycle crash

Former mayor, National Football League player dies in double fatal motorcycle crash

Former NFL wide receiver Michael Jackson was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday in his hometown of Tangipahoa, Louisiana, police said.

According to TMZ, Jackson was driving his motorcycle at a "high rate of speed" along US 51 when the driver of an automobile backed out of a parking spot and onto the highway.

Jackson played in the National Football League from '91 to '99 for the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens.

A native of the Village of Tangipahoa, he was elected mayor in 2009 and served one term but lost his bid for re-election. He set career highs in receptions (76), yards (1,201) and TDs (14) in that season year as a Raven.

"Today, our hearts are saddened by the terrible news involving Michael", Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement, according to ESPN. "Well known for his big smile and welcoming nature, it was easy to feel a special connection with Michael".

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Jackson while riding his motorcycle reportedly collided with a auto backing out of a parking space into his path. After five years in Cleveland, he finished with 2,797 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns. "Injuries cut his career short after the '99 season, one year before the Ravens" first Super Bowl championship.

Originally from Tangipahoa - the town where he died - Jackson attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was teammates with Brett Favre.

"One of my most rewarding achievements after retiring as a player was watching Michael Jackson develop as a wide receiver", Newsome said.

"Michael was also a community leader who inspired many people", Newsome said.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

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