On Monday, the Indianapolis Colts were well represented at the celebration of life service for Edwin Jackson in Atlanta, GA.
Jackson, of course, was killed early last Sunday morning along with Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe in a traffic accident.
Jackson was one of the most upbeat, beloved members of the Colts locker room. Since the linebacker’s death, there have been countless “in remembrance” shout-outs from his teammates on social media.
Monday, Colts owner Jim Irsay announced a new scholarship fund in Jackson’s name: “The Edwin Jackson Memorial Scholarship.” Per the Colts’ press release, Irsay has pledged $25,000 to get the program started. The scholarship “will be awarded annually to a qualified student applicant. The Colts will work with the Jackson family in the upcoming months to establish the scholarship and determine its guidelines.”
Irsay had the following to say:
“Edwin was such a wonderful young man and was beloved by his family and friends across the country, especially by his Colts family here in Indianapolis. We are all better people for having known him, and we already miss him so much. This scholarship will honor Edwin’s memory and his determination, work ethic, and character. My family and the entire Colts organization are proud to have been associated with Edwin, and we are honored to help continue his legacy in the future.”
Irsay also made a statement in regards to Monroe.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jeffrey’s family and friends during these difficult days. Although we didn’t know Jeffrey, we’ve heard nothing but extraordinary things about him, and we are just as heartbroken for his loved ones. May both Edwin and Jeffrey rest in peace.”
In attendance at Jackson’s memorial service were general manager Chris Ballard and former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. Both shared their thoughts on Jackson during the service:
Edwin Jackson was honored in a Celebration Of Life service today in Atlanta.— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 12, 2018
Chuck Pagano and Chris Ballard were in attendance and shared their memories of 53: pic.twitter.com/F4snuCuMap
Colts assistant coach and former Jackson teammate Robert Mathis sent out some useful information for everybody. Below is how you can contribute to The Edwin Jackson Memorial Scholarship:
Why do I bleed blue? Reason #41 all class at all times!! Donate #TimeTalentOrTreasure to the legacy! https://t.co/980LeIDJT6 or by mailing to: Edwin Jackson Memorial Scholarship, c/o Indianapolis Colts Foundation, P.O. Box 535000, Indianapolis, IN 46253.— ROBERT MATHIS The1st (@RobertMathis98) February 12, 2018