I just read that that former Browns WR Michael Jackson died today in a motorcycle accident in Louisiana at the age of 48.
|1992 Pro Set Power #101|
I'll admit it, my friends and I laughed when we heard that the Browns had drafted Michael Jackson in 1991. We would have been among the countless numbers making the same jokes about his name.
In any case, as a Browns fan and card collector, I soon started collecting as many Michael Jackson cards (and a few Michael Dyson cards too for a short name change) as I could get. I have 142 different ones in my collection.
Looking at a gallery of his cards that I own on The Trading Card Database, and borrowing the images from that site, I am surprised at how many different action photos they used of him that I like. Not just on the front of the card, but on the back too as shown below.
|back of 1992 Pro Set Power #101|
After playing for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in college, Jackson was drafted by the Browns in the 6th round of the 1991 NFL Draft.
|1991 Wild Card Draft #10 - 20 Stripe|
He spent the 1991 and 1992 seasons wearing the number 1, which makes him, as far as I can tell, the only Browns player to wear that number. He switched to number 81 for the rest of his career - 1993-1995 with the Browns, and 1996-1998 in Baltimore.
|1991 Upper Deck #610|
|back of 1991 Upper Deck #610|
Here are some of the action shots on cards that I love throughout his career.
|1995 Crown Royale #119|
|1991 Pro Set Platinum #292|
|1993 Game Day #316|
|1993 Playoff #169|
|1993 Pro Set Power #101|
|back of 1993 Pro Set Power #101|
|1993 Wild Card - Field Force #CFF-98|
|1994 Pinnacle #140|
|1996 Collector's Choice #204|
|back of 1996 Collector's Choice #204|
|1996 Upper Deck #153 (looking familiar)|
|back of 1996 Upper Deck #153|
|1996 Stadium Club #81|
Oddly enough, there are quite a few cards that show him throwing the football. This made me curious to see how many passes he threw with the Browns in his five years. The answer was four. He completed his first pass, was incomplete on the next two, and then the fourth was intercepted.
|1992 Game Day #423|
|1994 Bowman #182|
|1994 Finest #189|
|1994 Score #49|
|1994 Stadium Club #370 (same as Finest)|
|1995 Collector's Choice #309|
Thanks to Pro Line I have a few autographed cards of Michael Jackson.
|1995 Pro Line - Autographs|
|1996 Pro Line - Autographs Blue|
|1996 Pro Line - Autographs Gold|
Finally, a last few cards to remember him by. Rest in Peace.
|back of 1994 Upper Deck #246|
|1995 Score #175|
|1994 Action Packed #18|