Buddy Jackson is set to join his fourth team in the Canadian Football League’s Western Division. One week ago, Jackson signed with the Edmonton Eskimos after playing with the Calgary Stampeders, British Columbia Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders over the last four seasons.
Jackson, a defensive back, was with Calgary in 2014 and 2015, Saskatchewan in 2016 and B.C. in 2017. It will now be interesting to see where Jackson will fit into the Eskimos. In the offseason, the Eskimos have already lost defensive tackle Euclid Cummings and defensive back Garry Peters to the Lions, and released defensive lineman Philip Hunt and defensive back Cauchy Muamba.
Last year with the Lions, Jackson played half the games and had his first four special team tackles and first interception of his career. The pick came on July 28 in a 37-26 Lions loss to the Eskimos. Jackson intercepted a pass by Mike Reilly. It was one four interceptions in the game as Reilly and Lions quarterback Travis Lulay were both intercepted twice.
Jackson played four years at the University of Pittsburgh from 2008 to 2011 and then was a member of six NFL teams, but did not play any NFL games. While with the University of Pittsburgh, Jackson played three years from 2008 to 2010 for Dave Wannstedt, who was the head coach of the Chicago Bears from 1993 to 1998.
Jackson is 28 years old and the terms of the deal with the Eskimos are for one year. He was born in Plantation, Florida, which is part of the Miami metropolitan area. The most high profile athlete to ever come from Plantation might be Sloane Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion in women’s tennis. Stephens beat Madison Keys in an all-American final last year in Flushing Meadows, NY 6-3, 6-0. Stephens also has a Canadian connection. Her boyfriend is Toronto FC striker Jozy Altidore.