Canadian Football League

Monday, April 14, 2008

Canadian Football League Player Found Dead

An unresponsive Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Jamacia Jackson was discovered at a Sumter, S.C., home Monday morning.
Jackson, 26, was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. An autopsy to determine cause of death is scheduled for today.
"To the best of our knowledge, he was found dead in bed at 5 a.m.,'' Sumter High School athletics director Donna Bisom told The State, a Columbia, S.C., newspaper. Bisom said Jackson had been lifting weights at Sumter High in anticipation of returning to the Ticats for the 2008 Canadian FootballLeague season.
Jackson joined the Ticats in 2007, where he played 12 games. He returned two kickoffs for 22 yards and made six defensive tackles and seven special teams tackles.
"Jamacia was a beloved player, teammate and friend," Ticats head coach Charlie Taaffe said in a statement. "He will be truly missed by our entire team. Our sincere condolences are with Jamacia's family and friends."
"Jamacia was a respected and talented member of our team who worked as hard in our community as he did on the field," added Ticats president Scott Mitchell. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jamacia's family."
His father, James Jackson, and stepmother Cleo were shocked to find their son had died. James told WLTX-TV in Columbia that Jamacia had been in perfect health.
Jackson played with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks from 2001-04, suiting up for 43 games. He tried to hook on with the National FootballLeague's Tennessee Titans as a free agent following his college career, but was waived during training camp.
He was on the Montreal Alouettes' practice squad for the balance of the 2005 season. He then signed with the NFL's New York Giants in January 2006 and attended training camp with the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe. He was cut two months later.
Jackson signed with Hamilton in January 2007.


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