Fred Jackson’s football career started at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas. Surprisingly, he wasn’t a standout and didn’t even make it into a starting position while on the team. But he decided to continue playing at the Division III college level at Coe College in Iowa.
There, Jackson really honed his football skills. He was named to five All-American teams and was named MVP for the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
He graduated from Coe in 2003 with a sociology degree.
Fred was unable to break into the NFL out of college, but went on to play for the Sioux City Bandits, a professional indoor football team. He played with the Bandits for two seasons, from 2004 to 2005. He was named United Indoor Football co-MVP in 2005.
He then went to play for NFL Europe, with Rhein Fire, an American football team in Germany. During his year with them, he led the team with 731 rushing yards.
Paying his dues and working his way up the professional football chain paid off in 2006, in the form of an invitation to the Buffalo Bills training camp. The rest, as they say, is history.