Editor’s Note: Image courtesy of cruathletics.com and the UMHB Athletics Department
WINNIPEG, Manitoba- Blake Jackson, once a Cleveland Brown, always a Crusader, is now a Blue Bomber.
On Wednesday evening, it was announced that Jackson had signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
BREAKING: #TSLShowcase San Diego WR Blake Jackson has signed with the @Wpg_BlueBombers. @BHunchoJack, who played QB in college at @CruFootball, signed with the Browns after his time with #TheSpringLeague in 2018. #TSLinCFL pic.twitter.com/GzeERncBmx— The Spring League 🏈 (@TheSpringLeague) December 23, 2020
Jackson, a Houston native, starred at quarterback for the Cru from 2014-2016 after transferring from Southeast Missouri State. While in Belton, he etched his name into the record books, and is currently ranked first in passing yards in a single season with 3,282 in 2016. His five passing touchdowns in a 2016 contest against McMurry are also the most touchdowns in a game for a quarterback and his 23 completions against East Texas Baptist that same season rank first in school history.
With tremendous speed coming out of college, Jackson was given a chance by the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL after going undrafted, but was released following training camp. Signed as a wide receiver by the Cleveland Browns later that year, he eventually scored his first NFL touchdown against the Detroit Lions, catching a 22 yard pass in the 35-17 preseason win.
He also played in the XFL early in the 2020, seeing time with the Houston Renegades, before the league suspended operations in April.
Jackson has done it all. He has experienced the glamour of the NFL, played in the frigid cold of Canada, and been part of a now-defunct experiment with the XFL. With tireless work ethic and a drive to accomplish his goals, Jackson is continuing on the path to professional stardom, making the most of each and every opportunity.
The CFL has announced it will kick off on July 10, with Jackson’s Blue Bombers facing the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the first game of the season.