Jackson to be Eagles' honorary captain Sunday

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Jackson to be Eagles' honorary captain Sunday

The Eagles look to snap their home skid against the Redskins

November 14, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Tight end Keith Jackson made the Pro Bowl in his first three NFL seasons. (AP)

Former Eagles tight end Keith Jackson, who went to the Pro Bowl his first three years in the NFL, will serve as the Eagles’ honorary captain for their game against the Redskins Sunday at the Linc.

Jackson will be honored at halftime and a highlight video from his four seasons in Philly will be shown on the giant video board.

Jackson, the 13th pick in the 1988 draft, set a then-franchise record with 81 catches as a rookie. He went to the Pro Bowl in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and then for the Dolphins after the 1991 season after challenging the NFL’s free-agency restrictions.

Jackson’s 81 receptions remain the most ever by an NFL rookie tight end and sixth-most by any rookie.

In nine NFL seasons with the Eagles, Dolphins and Packers, Jackson caught 441 passes for 5,283 yards and 49 touchdowns.

He retired after the 1996 season despite catching a career-high 10 touchdown passes and making his fifth Pro Bowl.

Jackson’s teams reached the playoffs in seven of his nine seasons, and he caught 51 passes for 834 yards and six touchdowns in 13 career playoff games, including the Packers’ Super Bowl win over the Patriots -- his final NFL game.

Jackson ranks fourth in NFL history in postseason catches by a tight end.