20 2019 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES GAMEDAY MAGAZINE THE GIFT OF GIVING BACK
SALUTE TO SERVICE HITS HOME FOR MALIK JACKSON
BY MALIK JACKSON
It all starts with my father, Jodie Jackson.
prepared. Whether it’s a game or a meeting or
any interaction, you should be organized and
I grew up in Los Angeles under the guidance
have your act together.
of my father who was in the Army. He
taught me so many aspects of life that
Watching my father, I learned the importance
are so valuable now that I’m a father of a
of purpose and a solid work ethic. When
3-year-old daughter, Nahla.
you’re at work, that should be your sole
focus. That’s what you’re there to do.
When you hear about someone who grew up
in a military home, the first word that comes
My father was also my pop warner coach. He
to mind for most people is discipline. And,
was a linebacker at Los Angeles Junior College
yes, my father was strict, but I appreciated
before knee injuries ended his career. My
that. He taught me the importance of being
twin brother, Marquis, and I started out as
linebackers because of our dad. I learned that
when a coach gives you instruction, listen to
the words not how they’re being delivered.
That can be difficult when a coach is yelling,
but it was a vital lesson for me.
Now that I have a family, I admire how my
father took care of us growing up. Some of
my fondest memories include hanging out
with him and watching football along with
my twin brother. He would pick me up from
school, cook dinner. He was there for us. That
time with him was priceless and I wish I could