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There have been 67 total 300-plus-yard passing games by Eagles quarterbacks over the last 25 seasons. Here's the breakdown:
|300-Yard Passing Games In Last 25 Years|
|Quarterback||No. Of 300-Yard Games|
First Eagle To Wear 67: G Jack Sanders (1945)
Current Eagle To Wear 67: T Dennis Kelly (2012-present)
Affectionately nicknamed "Bubbles" by his Eagles teammates, Jackson grew up in Miami and was lightly recruited out of high school. He ended up playing football at Delaware State, but went undrafted in 2003. At 6-foot-4, 330 pounds, Jackson was unusually large for the center position, but he appealed to the Eagles scouting staff and was signed as a rookie free agent. He spent the 2003 season on the practice squad and then missed the entire 2004 season after tearing his triceps in the preseason.
Jackson entered the 2005 season at a make-or-break point in his career, but offensive line coach Juan Castillo believed in the 25-year old and told him he had the talent to play in the NFL. Jackson made the final 53-man roster as the backup center to Hank Fraley and then took over for him halfway through the season when Fraley went down with an injury. Jackson took full advantage of the opportunity and excelled as the starter.
The Eagles were so encouraged by his performance that the front office signed him to a seven-year extension in the offseason. Jackson then beat out Fraley in Training Camp (which was featured in *Sports Illustrated*) for the starting center position heading into the 2006 season and went on to have a tremendous season, even earning All-Pro honors from Sports Illustrated.
He started every game in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, as well as the first 15 games of the 2009 season - a streak of 71 straight contests - before tearing his ACL against the Denver Broncos. After rehabbing from the torn ACL heading into 2010, Jackson suffered another season-ending injury in his first action back, tearing his triceps against the Green Bay Packers in the opener. He recovered in time for 2011 Training Camp, but found himself in a battle for the starting center spot with rookie Jason Kelce, whose size and athleticism fit the mold that new offensive line coach Howard Mudd desired. Kelce won the competition and Jackson was relegated to backup duty for the entire season. Nevertheless, he remained the consummate professional and mentored Kelce. Jackson was released in the offseason and retired soon thereafter. He resides in New Jersey and is still an active member in the community.