Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson sadly passes away aged 26

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Super Bowl Sunday is meant to be a day of joy for the football family, the crowning event of a season full of hard work, sacrifice, and incredible skill. 

But tragedy struck today as the football community lost one of its own as Edwin Jackson sadly passed away in the early hours of the morning. 

The Indianapolis Colts confirmed the news that Jackson, a linebacker on the team, was struck by a car. He did not survive the collision. 

According to the original report from the Indianapolis Star, the 26-year-old Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe were standing near a stopped vehicle on the emergency shoulder of the road when they were hit by a pickup truck

Monroe also passed away in the crash. It is believed that he was a private hire driver (Uber, Lyft etc). 

Shortly after news of his death, the Indianapolis Colts showed their love for the 26-year-old player known affectionately to his teammates as "Pound Cake".

“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing. Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization," they wrote in a statement.

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"We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths, and he will be greatly missed in our locker room and throughout our entire organization. We also understand that another person lost his life in the accident, only adding to our sorrow on this day. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time.”

Jackson played college football at Georgia Southern. He previously played for the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Colts in January 2016. He spent most of the 2017 season on IR. 

The thoughts of everyone at GiveMeSport goes out to Jackson and Monroe's family and friends at this sad time. 

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