Former Vol Malik Jackson put some of his $85 million contract he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to the 2016 season towards helping some animals in need this past weekend.
Jackson paid all the adoption fees for 181 pets from the Jacksonville Humane Society over the weekend, helping those 181 pets find homes across the Jacksonville area. The Jacksonville Humane Society points out that Jackson’s timing couldn’t have been better because the shelters in the area were full and desperately needed pets to be adopted.
But that wasn’t all Jackson did. He could’ve just signed a check and left. Instead, Jackson hung around and met the families that were adopting the pets and signed autographs as well.
“To make an already great weekend even better, Malik Jackson also made a personal visit to JHS to meet adopters and fans,” says the post on the Jacksonville Human Society’s website. “Malik signed autographs, took pictures with fans, staff and volunteers, and talked about the importance of fostering and adopting. His fans were not only thrilled to meet him, but also to say thank you for his generous support of JHS!”
The Jacksonville Humane Society also noted that Jackson’s contributions helped make the event “one of the largest two-day adoption events in Jacksonville’s history!” Jackson has been in Jacksonville for barely a year, but it seems he’s determined to help affect the community there in a positive way.
Jackson has been in the NFL since 2012 and has played for the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s totaled 136 tackles, 21 sacks, and 21 passes defended in his 78 games over five seasons in the NFL. Jackson signed his massive six-year, $85 million contract with Jacksonville the offeseason after winning a Super Bowl with Denver.
As a Vol, Jackson played two seasons (2010 and 2011) and made 104 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks in his 25 games at Tennessee.