Bishop Carroll Football
Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior linebacker, leads Carroll with 80 tackles, including eight against Great Bend in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs last week. Tonight, Jackson and Carroll (8-2) will play host to McPherson (9-1) in the 5A quarterfinals.
How did you get into football?
"I started back in third grade. My dad (Glenn) played football in high school, and I always watched football with him. I couldn't wait to start playing.... He was a running back in high school because he was like 5-8, 5-9. He's a lot shorter than I am."
Where did you get your height from? Is your mom tall?
"I got it from my mom's side. I have a couple uncles who are 6-foot or 6-1. My mom, she's not tall. She's like 5-6. My younger brother, Nick, he's a junior, he's about the same height as I am."
So when you're with your parents, do people think you're adopted?
"Oh yeah, and I have red hair, and neither of my parents have red hair.... My grandmas on both sides, they have red hair, though."
What are some of the nicknames you've had?
"Everyone calls me A.J. But I guess I've also heard Big Red, Junior. The one that started this year from (assistant) coach (Jim) Nance is Amos Jamos. I have no idea why, but that's stuck and everyone is calling me that now."
How is it playing on the same team — and at the same position — with Nick, who started last week against Great Bend?
"This is our first time that we've played on the same team, even though we're a year apart. It's pretty cool. I go to practice with him and then go home with him. Sometimes it's challenging. I get on him and yell at him, and it carries over to home and our parents have to deal with it.
"But it's nice because I can get on him and try to help him out, but he knows that I'm not going to be forever mad at him. I'm a lot harder on him than other people because he's my brother... I just want him to be the best he can be and help him with the experiences I've had."