Sept. 25, 2008
IOWA CITY – Long time University of Iowa assistant football coach, Carl Jackson, has been selected honorary captain for Saturday’s homecoming game against Northwestern. The Hawkeyes face the Wildcats in a televised game with kickoff set for 11:02 a.m. in sold out Kinnick Stadium. It’s Iowa’s 34th straight home sellout.
Jackson announced his retirement last February after serving as a Hawkeye assistant under Hayden Fry and Kirk Ferentz for 22 years. He coached a total of 46 years at the professional (5), collegiate (22) and prep (15) levels.
As an assistant coach, he helped the Hawkeyes to five Big Ten championships, three Rose, one Orange and numerous other bowl appearances. He was Iowa’s running backs coach from 1979-88 and 1999-2007. He was Iowa’s offensive coordinator for three years (1989-91).
Jackson was the offensive backfield coach with the San Francisco 49ers for five years (1992-96). The NFL team made the playoffs all five years and won the Super Bowl in 1995.
Jackson will accompany the Iowa captains to the center of the field for the pre-game coin-flip. He will also be with the Hawkeyes on the sidelines and in the locker room before and after the game.