D’Qwell Jackson Appreciative To Call Andrew Luck A Teammate

Posted Jul 9, 2014

Intro: D’Qwell Jackson is entering his ninth NFL season and knows the clock is ticking on experiencing the playoffs. With the Colts offseason program finished, how does Jackson view his new team?

INDIANAPOLIS – After taking a look into D’Qwell Jackon’s NFL past, you can’t help but understand his emotions.

In his eight NFL seasons, Jackson has never participated in the playoffs (only four teams haven’t made the postseason since Jackson entered the NFL in 2006).

In a league that is driven by the quarterback position, Jackson played with 13 different players that tossed at least 12 passes during his eight seasons in Cleveland.

Now Jackson is in Indianapolis, a place that has been a mainstay in the month of January and with a quarterback that isn’t moving anytime soon.

“Every time I see (Andrew Luck) in the locker room, I want to give him a huge hug,” a chuckling Jackson told SIRIUS Radio earlier this offseason.

“It’s a breath of fresh air to see a quarterback on the other side that is learning, getting better each and every day. He’s making my game much better. He does a phenomenal job in practice of managing the offense, making the right reads. Whatever I can do to help him, great, and vice versa.”

A few weeks back, “Voice of the Colts” Bob Lamey informed Jackson that he’s approaching the 1,000-tackle mark (currently has 818).

Per NFL StatsPass, Jackson’s 818 tackles would be the most in Colts history. While Jackson acknowledges his longevity, he’s also nearing 100 career games played, he’s ready to start a new chapter in Indianapolis.

“Right now I’m trying to do whatever I can to make the guys around me better, whatever I can do to make this team better and we will go from there,” the former second-round pick says.

“It’s all about these guys that you play with, honestly. They’ve been great in my short time here. I’ve heard a lot of great stories about players in the past and guys that have been around the locker room for 30 years are full of stories. Hopefully I can be a part of those stories and that’s what I work hard far. It’s still an adjustment to wearing the blue and white…but other than that it’s football and you know you’re good over here.”

During the Colts offseason program, there was Jackson directing the Colts 3-4 scheme and providing a veteran voice that will be needed early, and often, in 2014.

Jackson was in the midst of wrapping up his inaugural offseason program in Indianapolis when he was asked about the makeup of the Colts.

It’s early, but he sees why this team has found itself in the playoffs each of the last two seasons.

“I’ll tell you what, this team competes,” Jackson says. “As the weeks pile up, you start to see the guys that are the playmakers, you start to see how guys play well together, they trust one another and it’s a good thing.

“What I can do is bring my experience and fit the mold of what it means to be a Colts player and so far it’s pretty good.”

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