Colts Linebacker Edwin Jackson Laid To Rest In Atlanta
ATLANTA -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson has been laid to rest in Atlanta.
State Police say Jackson, 26, was the passenger in an Uber driven by Jeffery Monroe when he got sick on Feb. 4. Officers say Monroe pulled over near the Holt Road exit of I-70 to help him when Manuel Orrego-Savala, an illegal immigrant suspected of driving drunk, crashed into the car killing both men.
Investigators say Orrego-Savala had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.
The funeral service for Monroe was Friday at Flanner Buchanan Floral Park.
Jackson spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve and having played 16 games for the Colts in 2016 and started eight.
Jackson’s family is asking those wishing to honor Jackson’s life to contribute to the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation at www.EdwinJackson53.com.
His family has released the following statement:
“The parents and family of Edwin Jackson would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming expressions of love, condolences, concern, and care during this sudden and tragic loss.
We were blessed to have had an amazing son who lived a life that extended respect, love, and genuine concern to everyone. He showed compassion for his community and strived to be an example to kids who looked up to him.
We have lost a son, a brother, a nephew, and an uncle. The Indianapolis Colts and the National Football League have lost a young and rising star – one who truly loved the game of football, and played it with a passion.
We thank the City of Indianapolis for embracing Edwin and treating him as one of their own. We also thank Mr. Irsay and the entire Colts organization for allowing Edwin to fulfill his dream of playing the game that he worked so hard for and loved immensely. We are also grateful for the Georgia Southern University and Westlake High School communities, who supported Edwin along his journey to success.
While we mourn the loss of an amazing young man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that his life serves as an example to young people around the world that, with a plan and hard work, dreams can come true.
As we grieve our loss, we are aware that the family of Mr. Jeffrey Monroe also grieves the loss of their loved one. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to them during this time.
In this darkest moment, we choose to remember Edwin for the wonderful things he accomplished in his short time on earth, including the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation that he started to empower athletes and youth.
For those seeking to honor Edwin, we ask that in lieu of flowers and cards you help to keep his legacy alive by contributing to his foundation. To learn more, visit www.EdwinJackson53.com.”
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