Yesterday a recruit put a picture on Twitter of him in the number 28 jersey and it just didn’t sit right with me.
Seeing someone that isn’t B Jack in the 28 jersey makes me feel weird…
— #19 Inside & Outside Army (@InOutArmy) April 14, 2019
Now, I know I no right to be upset about this and by no means am I upset at the kid who was wearing it, but that number is special and shouldn’t be worn again.
For those who don’t know, #28 was Brandon Jackson’s number while he played at Army.
Brandon passed away in a car accident two games into his sophomore season.
He played in 14 games racking up 67 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions, and 2 sacks. He was on pace to be one of the Army football greats.
Jackson was a play maker. When the defense needed a big play you could count on him to make it. One of his biggest plays was the one in the cover picture, that pass breakup sealed a huge win over Temple to start the 2016 season.
Brandon was one of the nicest people I had the privilege of talking to. He was always positive and always had a smile on his face.
I talked to one of Jackson’s best friends, former Army WR Christian Poe, when asked what Jackson meant to him he said:
Brandon was one of my best friends. He was one of the funniest, toughest, goofiest, happy, and hardworking people you could ever meet. He meant so much to our football family. More than anything you could see on the field. When he passed it hurt everyone deep cause he made it a point to touch everyone’s life even the freshman.
Then we talked about retiring the number 28 and he had this to say:
I saw a picture of a recruit wearing 28 and no offense to the young man but it didn’t sit well with me. There will never and could never be another Brandon Jackson. 28 is more than just a number. It would show the world, the players, and most importantly Brandon’s mother how much he truly means to us and how much respect we have for his life and legacy. 28 should never be worn again. Brandon deserves that.
A current player, Christian Hayes quoted the recruits tweet saying “That number mean everything around here remember that” (I would embed the tweet but then it would show the recruits name and tweet).
Our very own, Sam Powers chimed in as well:
kinda confused why they let em wear it if we’re being honest
— Sam Powers (@skp2203) April 14, 2019
I got this tweet last night and it couldn’t be more true.
Would love to see that. Would seriously be weird to see 28 back out there
— Kevin McKeown (@K_Mckeown11) April 14, 2019
Seeing 28 back on the field in an Army jersey wouldn’t be right. This is bigger than football.
Army football, do the right thing and retire #28.