FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Tyson Jackson's last game at LSU was a 38-3 Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Georgia Tech on Dec. 31, 2008. A simple gesture this week made the Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman feel like he was just a year removed from the school.
The LSU equipment staff sent out care packages to all former players now in the NFL. The boxes included a customized version of the new gold jerseys the Tigers debuted in their 23-20 win over Mississippi State back in September.
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"It's awesome knowing that I've been away from school almost nine years now and to know that you still have coaches and people that work in administration who still think about their players. It says a lot about the school," said Jackson, who receives such packages annually from LSU. "It says a lot about the standard the school represents."
Rookie linebacker Deion Jones and second-year cornerback Jalen Collins, both second-round draft picks and former Tigers, also received the care packages. Along with the jerseys, the boxes included cleats, shorts, gloves, shirts, a baseball hat, and a jacket.
"That was really cool, especially the jerseys, because we didn't get to wear different jerseys like that," Collins said. "It was usually the white, and occasionally the purple. When they do a special jersey, it's always kind of cool. And for them to send that to us, it means they're still showing love.
"The jersey was the dopest thing. I'll probably get that thing framed."
According to ESPN Stats & Information, there are currently 46 former LSU players on NFL rosters.