HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Former NFL wide receiver and Hattiesburg native Harold Jackson was back in town Tuesday to attend a press conference promoting his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.
The Hub City Business and Professional Men's Club called on area civic groups, churches, and schools to get behind the campaign and get the word out that Jackson deserves to be inducted. In August, the Hattiesburg City Council passed a resolution saying that they support the effort and the Mayor's personal assistant John Brown said he would personally look into establishing a scholarship in Jackson's name.
Jackson played for 16 years in the NFL for five different teams and went to five pro bowls. He had 579 receptions, 79 touchdowns, and amassed more than 10,000 yards in his career.
It's almost like the squeaking wagon, if you don't grease the squeaking wagon, they'll forget," said Jackson. "There was a sports writer out of Detroit Sports News. He wrote in an article about Harold Jackson and said that Harold Jackson was one of the wide receivers that had all the stats, but he had been forgotten. He said from this point on he won't forget."
Jackson retired in 1983. He currently works for the United Football League in Los Angeles and is a speaker for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.