Catching up with: Michael Jackson

Posted Mar 29, 2012

Michael Jackson, an All-Pac-8 linebacker from the University of Washington, not only stayed "home" for his NFL career he led the Seahawks in tackles for three consecutive seasons.

What he did: The former All-Pac-8 linebacker from University of Washington and all-state linebacker from Pasco High School played eight seasons for the Seahawks (1979-86) after being a third-round draft choice. Jackson led the team in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1980-82) and started 78 games. “I retired because my kids were starting to be fun, and my knees were starting to ache,” he said.

What he’s doing: Now 54, Jackson was a broadcaster for one season with NBC after he retired and then moved to Los Angeles briefly to pursue an acting career. But he moved back to the Seattle area after only six months because, as he put it, “There were dog-eat-dog people down there.” He works for Diamond Parking, in their real estate division. He and his wife, Kathy, have three sons – Christopher, Justin, and Marshall; a daughter – Donnall; and eight grandchildren. “Everybody is doing well, and everybody is happy,” he said.

Quick hits

If I could have dinner with anyone – living or dead – it would be: “My wife.”

Must-see TV: “My favorite TV show? I don’t watch TV.”

The best book I’ve ever read: “There’s only a couple (laughs). So it has to be The Bible.”

You don’t say

My best memory as a Seahawks was: “It was a 1981 Monday night game against the San Diego Chargers where we beat them like 44-23.”

Something most people don’t know about me: “I’m very shy. Nobody knows that.”

If I could relive one day in my life, it would be: “Probably today. I don’t look back. No need to.”