Chicago Bears: Eddie Jackson proving that he “gets it”

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The Chicago Bears’ safety continues to prove why he could go down as an all-time great.

If you are thinking of which Chicago Bears jersey to buy next, let me make that decision for you. It should be Eddie Jackson‘s. Hands down, without question, his jersey should be the latest addition to your collection.

Jackson is not only incredibly talented on the field, but he’s has demonstrated over his career that he truly understands what it means to play football for the beloved. Recent events have underscored that understanding and shown why when it is all said and done, Jackson could very well be considered one of the all-time great in Bears’ franchise history.

In just three years, the fourth-round draft pick out of Alabama has made the Pro Bowl twice, been selected a First-Team All-Pro once, has 10 interceptions, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and five touchdowns. To say he is an impactful, ball-hawking safety is a gross understatement. The Bears have been searching for a quality safety since Mike Brown‘s career ended, and instead, they found an elite playmaker who could be on his way to Canton, Ohio someday.

Aside from his prowess on the field, it is his love of the game, as well as the respect he has for his teammates, the fans, and the franchise that makes him so easy to root for.

This past week, Jackson signed a four-year contract extension worth $58.4 million, making him the highest-paid safety in the league.

Coming off a disappointing season in which the team had Super Bowl aspirations, you certainly wouldn’t have blamed Jackson if he took a few moments to soak up being the highest-paid at his position. But he didn’t. Not even for a second.

Per Adam Hoge, Jackson’s immediate thoughts were where you’d expect them to be for a leader and superstar. They were on the future of the franchise.

Jackson was quick to point out that this team still has a lot of unfinished business. He added that he wants to retire a Chicago Bear but not before he helps bring a Super Bowl to the city.

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From a fourth-round pick coming off a major leg injury to the highest-paid player at his position, it has been a wild ride so far for Jackson. And when the ride is finally over, I have a feeling we will regard him as one of the greatest to ever wear the orange and blue.