Dane Jackson Biography

Dane Tyrez Jackson is an American football cornerback who currently plays for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. Jackson was born on November 29, 1996. (NFL). He received a football scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh and was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the NFL Draft in 2020.

 

  

High school career 

Because the high school that Jackson attended, Cornell High School, did not have a football team, he was required to play his high school football games at Quaker Valley High School. Jackson was a member of Cornell’s all-state basketball team during his time there. On June 24, 2014, he announced his intention to play college football for the Pittsburgh Panthers, picking them over Bowling Green and Duquesne. Following his performance at a Pitt prospect camp, the then-coach at Pitt, Paul Chryst, offered Jackson a scholarship and Jackson accepted the offer the following day.

 

College career 

Jackson moved to cornerback with the Pitt Panthers after having spent his high school career at quarterback. He sat out his first season as a true freshman to receive a redshirt and played primarily in a reserve role during his redshirt freshman season. However, he went on to start every game for Pitt during his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. In his senior year at Pitt, he led the team in pass breakups with 12, finished with 43 tackles, including three for a loss, an interception, and a sack assist and was tied for the lead in sack assists. Following his senior year, Jackson was selected to the all-ACC second team and participated in the 2020 Senior Bowl. He also received an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

 

Professional career 

 

Jackson was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Bills’ selection was the 239th overall pick. On May 7, 2020, Jackson and the Bills reached an agreement on a contract that will pay him $3.376 million over the course of four years. On July 30, the organization placed him on the reserve/COVID-19 list; however, he was activated one week later. On September 5, 2020,, he was released from the active roster and then signed to the practice squad the following day.

 

 

Jackson was promoted to the active roster on October 13, 2020, as a result of injuries sustained by cornerbacks Levi Wallace and Josh Norman. After the game, Jackson was sent back to the practice squad, however, due to the severity of his injuries. On October 24, he was promoted to the active roster of the team in preparation for their week 7 game against the New York Jets. After the game, he was placed back on the practice squad, though. He concluded the game against the Jets with three tackles, two passes defended, and one interception, and the Bills ended up winning 18–10. He was brought back up to the active roster on October 31, November 7, November 14, and January 2, 2021 for the team’s games in weeks 8, 9, 10, and 17 against the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and Miami Dolphins, but he was sent back to the practice squad after each of those contests. He was brought back up to the active roster on January 15 and January 23 for the divisional playoff game and the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs, respectively, however he was sent back down to the practice squad after each of those games. Jackson joined the Bills as a reserve player on January 26, 2021, after signing a reserves/futures deal with the team.

 

 

On September 19, 2022, Jackson was playing in a Monday Night Football game when he received a devastating injury. The game was against the Tennessee Titans. After suffering what appeared to be a head or neck injury, he was transported off the field in an ambulance.