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Timon grad Jackson surprises himself with football success at Alfred

Timon graduate Jon Jackson made quite a football career for himself at Alfred, capped by an All-American Bowl for Division III selection.
The Buffalo-area had a representative in this year’s All-American Bowl for Division III football. Bishop Timon-St. Jude alumni Jon Jackson was invited to play in the all-star game after posting a superb season for the Alfred University Saxons in 2012.

This past season, the senior defensive back earned First-Team honors on the All-Empire 8 Conference team and was named Second-Team All-East Region All-Star.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound free safety finished his senior year leading the team with six interceptions along with posting 57 tackles. The versatile Jackson also carried the ball 14 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns for the Saxons’ offense this past season.

This was Jackson’s second consecutive season earning All-Conference All-Star honors after being named Second-Team All-Empire 8 in his junior season.

The accolades don’t stop there. Prior to his collegiate career, Jackson was a two-time member of the Monsignor Martin All-Catholic team (for his junior and senior seasons).

The East Amherst native has also been invited to a Pro Day at the University at Buffalo this April.

“My college career was a lot better than I expected,” admitted Jackson. “I never thought that I would play in an All-American All-Star Game or be invited to a Pro Day. I’m very happy with my career at AU.”

Jackson believes his time playing for Timon helped prepare him for the next level.

“Playing for Timon taught me all the essentials I would need to be a good college football player,” Jackson said. “It taught me hard work, determination, team work and not to forget, toughness.”

Although Jackson felt he was fairly well prepared for college ball when he graduated from Timon in 2009, he explained that his career at AU was not what he anticipated.

So how was Jackson able to accomplish so much at the collegiate level?

“I believe the biggest contributing factor to my success would be hard work”, said Jackson. “My work ethic has improved over the years and I think that is the main reason for my individual success.”

Jackson is grateful for what he learned as a Tiger, as well as a Saxon.

“Both programs [Bishop Timon and AU] are great and taught me a lot about myself,” exclaimed Jackson. “Playing for the Tigers taught me to never give up, no matter what the situation may be. Playing for the Saxons has taught me to humble myself and always strive for success. These things will stick with me for the rest of my life.”

Jackson explained how he did a lot of growing up during his time playing for AU.

“My experience at AU was one that I’ll never forget,” Jackson said. “I learned a lot of skills that I lacked prior to playing for AU, such as responsibility, maturity, work ethic and teamwork. I had a lot of fun playing four great years of football at Alfred.”

Even after all the individual success he has enjoyed, how well the Saxons did during his time there (32-12 record with two playoff appearances) and all the character building he endured, Jackson values most the camaraderie established with his teammates at Alfred University.

“The one thing that has meant the most to me is having played football with such a great group of guys,” Jackson professed. “We are a tight-knit group at AU and everyone on the football team is family.”

Jackson does not consider his football career over as he is currently preparing for a Pro Day, which will take place at UB this spring.

“I feel like I’m just getting started,” said Jackson. “Hopefully I can continue my success at the next level.”

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