The Seahawks are mourning the loss of former quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who died Sunday night at the age of 36.
"The Seahawks are stunned and heartbroken to learn of the tragic passing of legend Tarvaris Jackson," the Seahawks said in a statement. "T-Jack earned the respect of the organization and teammates with his competitiveness, toughness and professionalism. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends."
Jackson spent only one season as the starting quarterback of the Seahawks, but over the course of four seasons in Seattle, he became one of the most well-respected players in Seattle's locker room. In particular, Jackson won over his teammates with his toughness, playing much of the 2011 season with a partially torn pectoral muscle.
Despite that injury, Jackson threw for a career-best 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns that season, starting 14 games. Jackson spent 2012 in Buffalo after Russell Wilson won the starting job in training camp, then returned to the Seahawks for three seasons as Wilson's backup, including Seattle' Super Bowl XLVIII winning season.
Jackson got into coaching after his playing career came to an end, most recently serving as the quarterbacks coach at Tennessee State University.