Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson died in a single-car crash in Alabama on Sunday night, a police spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Monday. He was 36.
Jackson was driving on a road a few miles south of Montgomery, Alabama, at around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when his 2012 Chevrolet Camaro left the road, hit a tree and flipped, according to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency trooper Michael Carswell. Jackson was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. No other details were available.
Born and raised in Montgomery, Jackson began his collegiate career at Arkansas before transferring to Football Championship Subdivision school Alabama State, where he became a force and caught the attention of NFL scouts.
Jackson was primarily a backup in his 10-year career, playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, (where he spent the 2012 seanson but did not play) and Seattle Seahawks. It was at his first stint with the Seahawks where Jackson had his best season. Starting 15 games in 2011, Jackson threw for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jackson won a Super Bowl title in his second Seahawks stint, backing up Russell Wilson at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Tributes for Jackson from people throughout the football community are all over social media including some from his teammates.
Jackson is survived by his wife, Lakitta, and three children.