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    Former NFL QB Tarvaris Jackson dies in car crash
    By Kevin Patra
    Around the NFL Writer
    Published: April 13, 2020 at 09:54 a.m.Updated: April 13, 2020 at 10:02 a.m.

    Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson died in a car crash on Sunday night. He was 36.

    Jackson died in a crash in Alabama, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, according to a spokesperson for Tennessee State University.

    The former NFL signal-caller was TSU's QB coach.

    Jackson was a former second-round pick out of Alabama State by the Vikings in 2006. He spent five seasons in Minnesota, starting 20 games. The signal-caller generated his most prolific season as a 14-game starter for the Seattle Seahawks in 2011, throwing for 3,091 yards and 14 TDs.

    Jackson then spent one year with the Buffalo Bills but did not play in a regular-season game.

    The veteran returned to Seattle as a backup to Russell Wilson from 2013-2015, where he earned a Super Bowl ring.

    Jackson transitioned into coaching in 2018, joining Alabama State as a quality control coach and QB coach. He moved to TSU in 2019.

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