Ring of Honor
Tarvaris Jackson - was the first inductee into the Alabama State University Ring of Honor. Jackson started his career at Arkansas before transferring to Alabama State in 2003. He was a standout college athlete, completing 516 passes in 955 attempts for 7,397 yards. He also threw for 64 touchdowns and rushed for 11 more.
While at Alabama State, Jackson was named team captain his senior season and was selected as an All-SWAC performer in 2005. He led Alabama State to the SWAC Championship game after winning the East Division in his time as a Hornet in 2004.
Jackson was drafted in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2006, and played for the Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Buffalo Bills. He played for the Seahawks when the team won Super Bowl 48, and accumulated 45 touchdowns while playing in the NFL.
He returned to his alma mater as an offensive quality control coach for Alabama State in 2018, before moving on to coach at Tennessee State. His life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident in April 2020. Jackson was inducted into the Ring of Honor because of what he meant to Alabama State, and the city of Montgomery. He continued to give back to his community throughout his career. He was very passionate about giving back to the youth of Montgomery and preparing them for life through football.