FAMU Mourns Alum, 220 Quarterback Club President Eddie Jackson

June 04, 2024
Eddie Jackson
FAMU Mourns Alum, 220 Quarterback Club President Eddie Jackson

Florida A&M University (FAMU) mourns the loss of Eddie Jackson, president of the 220 Quarterback Club  and one of the most ardent supporters of his alma mater. Jackson, who served as director of Communications and vice president of University Relations under then President Frederick S. Humphries, Sr., Ph.D., died Monday, June 3. He was 86.

A FAMU alum, Jackson worked in various roles at FAMU, including sports information director under the legendary Coach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither. He was the University’s chief spokesman during the illustrious  Humphries years.

“FAMU lost a loyal son and one of its strongest and most effective advocates. Eddie Jackson loved FAMU and FAMU loved him back.  His wit is legendary, often bringing down the house with laughter. On behalf of the entire Rattler community, I extend my most deepest sympathy to his wife Jerrlyne and the rest of his family,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D.

Since his retirement in 2002, Jackson has continued his staunch support for the University and its athletic programs. He has led the 220 Quarterback Club to financially support football and other programs. In the past decade, the group has donated more than $200,000 to various athletic programs and the Marching “100” Band.

Jackson was a writer at heart. Throughout his professional life, he was a reliable voice of reason on the Tallahassee Democrat Opinion page and could be counted on to passionately articulate the FAMU story. His book, “Coaching Against the Wind: The National Championship Seasons of the Florida A&M University Rattters” was published in 2009.

In 2022, Jackson was honored during the Florida Blue Florida Classic Night of Distinction festivities.

“To be honored by your Alma Mater is one of the greatest honors one can receive. After my family, FAMU has been the wind beneath my wings,” Jackson said in a statement at the time. “During my nearly 40 years as an employee, I never felt like I was going to work. FAMU became my home away from home.”

Jackson was a 2008 inductee into the FAMU Sports Hall of Fame.