Coach, Businessman & Philanthropist
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Hue Jackson began his 30 plus year football career after developing his skills as a quarterback in high school in his home-town of Los Angeles, CA. In college he continued his successes as quarterback and while at the University of the Pacific he threw for 2,544 yards and scored 19 touchdowns from 1985 to 1986.
After graduation, Jackson began his coaching career in 1987 at Pacific, spending three years there until 1989. From there he went on to coach at Cal State Fullerton as Running Backs Coach and Special Teams Coordinator. Coaching various positions from the London Monarchs in 1991 to Arizona State from 1992-1995 and California in 1996, it was at USC where he focused his skills and talents as Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach from 1997 until 2000.
The Washington Redskins was not only his introduction into the NFL in 2001, he successfully coached running back Stephen Davis to a record breaking 1,432 rushing yards. Jackson was promoted to Offensive Coordinator by Head Coach Steve Spurier and in 2003 he became the only coach to also handle the team’s offensive play-calling duties other than Spurier.
In 2004 Jackson went to Cincinnati Bengals for three seasons and served as Wide Receivers Coach making Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandazade one of the most prolific wide-receiving duo’s in the NFL helping to secure the AFC North title in 2005 before going to Atlanta as the Offensive Coordinator in 2007.
The Baltimore Ravens and Quarterback Joe Flacco benefited from the coaching skills of Jackson for two seasons beginning in 2008, where Flacco became the first rookie quarterback to win two playoff games in NFL history, advancing the Ravens to the AFC Championship game.
As Offensive Coordinator for the Oakland Raiders in 2010, Jackson led the team to finish fourth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL in scoring, and fifth in the AFC and 10th in the NFL in total offense. The Raiders more than doubled their scoring from the previous season and under Jackson’s offense, running back Darren McFadden finished the 2010 season with 1,664 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. Jackson went on to be named Head Coach in 2011 finishing the season with an 8-8 record.
In 2012 Jackson returned to the Cincinnati Bengals as an Assistant Defensive Back Coach and assisted with special teams helping the Bengals make it to the playoffs. Jackson was promoted to Offensive Coordinator in 2014 where he stayed until heading north in 2016.
Jackson decided to take on the role of Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2016 where he coached until mid-season of 2018 before returning to Cincinnati as Special Assistant to Head Coach Marvin Lewis.
Hue Jackson is more than a NFL Coach, he is a Philanthropist and a businessman. In July of 2018, the twelve bed Hue Jackson Survivors Residence was opened in Cleveland, OH. In 2019, Hue Jackson became a partner in Grand Leyenda Tequila, offering 100% Premium Estate Grown USDA Certified tequilas, among many other business ventures.