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Grady O'Neal Jackson (born January 21, 1973 in Greensboro, Alabama) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Knoxville College.
Grady Jackson attended Greensboro East High School. He was a two sport standout in both football and basketball. In football, he was a fullback and a defensive tackle, and won All-League, All-State, Super 11, and All-West Alabama honors. In basketball, he was named the team MVP as a junior.
Grady Jackson played defensive tackle at Knoxville College, after transferring from Hinds Community College. While at Hinds, he was a two-time Junior College All-American and the National Junior College Player of the Year following the 1995-1996 seasons.
Jackson is represented by agent Drew Rosenhaus. Before the 2005 NFL season, Jackson said he would hold-out of training camp in order to secure a new contract with the Packers. However, he reported for training camp on the first day. Several days later, however, Jackson told reporters that he no longer felt wanted in the Packers organization and requested to be released or traded to another team, but later retracted those statements, and played out the 2005 season without a new contract.
In 2006, as a member of the Atlanta Falcons, Jackson led the league in tackles for a loss. On October 23, 2007, the Atlanta Falcons released Jackson.
Jackson was re-signed by the Falcons on July 28, 2008. On December 2, 2008, the NFL reported that he had failed a drug test and they would further investigate the circumstances before deciding upon disciplinary action.
On March 4, 2009, Jackson was signed by the Detroit Lions.
Jackson was released on March 5, 2010.
After dating his college girlfriend of eight years, they finally married, The couple has five kids- four girls and a boy.