Former Pro Bowl Defensive Tackle Malik Jackson Retires After 10 NFL Seasons, Reflects on Career and Family Bond

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson has officially retired from professional football following a successful 10-year career in the NFL. Jackson shared the news on Friday during an appearance on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football,” stating that he is ready to move on from the game and embrace the next chapter of his life.

During his time in the league, Jackson made significant contributions to several teams. He began his career with the Denver Broncos in 2012 and played a crucial role in the team’s victory in Super Bowl 50. After four seasons with the Broncos, he went on to spend three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2017 with a career-high of eight sacks.

In the subsequent years, Jackson played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. However, he did not participate in the NFL in 2022. Reflecting on his retirement decision, Jackson mentioned that his goal was to play for 10 to 12 years, and now he feels content with his achievements in the sport. Prioritizing his family and the opportunity to spend more time with his daughter, he expressed his desire to focus on “living life.”

Throughout his career, Jackson amassed impressive stats, tallying 292 tackles and 35.5 sacks in 142 career games. He was drafted by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL draft after playing college football at the University of Tennessee.

As fans bid farewell to Jackson, his retirement marks the end of a successful era for the talented defensive tackle. Although he will no longer be seen on the field, his impact and contributions to the teams he played for will be remembered. For Jackson, it is time to embark on a new journey and embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.