Jacoby Brissett became the first black starting quarterback for the New England Patriots Thursday night against the Houston Texans. The first black quarterback to be drafted by the franchise resides in the Rocket City.
Onree Jackson was drafted in 1969 by the then Boston Patriots in the American Football League.
“'65 through '69 were my years at A&M, and I was drafted in the '69 draft. I was the 110th overall person drafted. I looked it up," Jackson said.
Jackson, a Brighton, Alabama native, is considered by Bulldogs historians as the best to ever play on the Hill. Jackson and his A&M team had an unbeaten regular season in 1966, which stands today as the only undefeated season in school history. The 1966 team also won the SIAC league title under legendary head coach Louis Crews.
“Coach Crews was a special guy. He was an offensive genius. He always made something out of nothing," he said.
Jackson and Brissett will forever be part of history.
“There's some sort of correlation there," Jackson said.
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