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While many athletes over the years have demonstrated a great passion for Bowling Green on and off the field of play, you would be hard pressed to find one that was as dedicated to his school as Carlos Jackson. A 1949 graduate of Fostoria High School, where he was senior class president and earned All-Ohio honors on the gridiron, Jackson took a couple years off before beginning his education at Bowling Green. With a 5.8 yards per carry rushing average, Carlos Jackson earned himself a spot on both the All-Ohio and All-MAC teams at halfback, and was named Team MVP by his teammates. Jackson had two 100-yard rushing games that season, including a 134-yard performance in a 39-0 win over rival Toledo, as the Falcons finished their first season under new head coach Doyt Perry with a 7-1-1 record.

Carlos Jackson - Courtesy www.tiffin.orgJackson was forced to miss the MAC Championship season of 1956 as he battled polio, but returned to the field for the Falcons in a limited role in 1957.

Following his graduation from Bowling Green, Jackson returned to his high school alma mater as a coach, then in 1968 he came back to the BG sideline, spending seven years as Offensive Coordinator under head coach Don Nehlen. Following his untimely death of a heart attack at the age of 44 on November 14, 1974, the university created the Carlos Jackson Memorial Award, given to "the player who makes the biggest contribution to the team in the areas of leadership, inspiration and extra effort."

Jackson also had two younger brothers attend Bowling Green. Cecil Jackson played on the freshman basketball team at BG, and their brother Grant pitched one year for the BG baseball team, going on to compile 86 wins in an 18-year major league career.

Also a member of the BG track team, he was inducted to the BG Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.
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