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Eddie Jackson experienced a solid collegiate football occupation at Arkansas that he parlayed into a temporary NFL job. But he also loved entertaining and cooking and made a decision to just take off the helmet and pads and don an apron in its place.

The previous NFL cornerback who played for the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots from 2004 to 2007 turned to the culinary arts entire time just after his times on the gridiron ended up above. He went from cooking in food stuff vehicles to emerging as a major chef on the Food items Community.

“With me, I grew up in a home in which my grandmothers were chefs. When I began cooking, I was like 5 decades aged, started off earning biscuits with my grandmother,” Jackson stated to Fox Information Electronic in a latest interview. 

“For me, after I bought carried out participating in athletics, I understood I preferred to do a thing with food stuff. So, I started out out catering and performing all these occasions and issues like that. And it kinda led me to acquiring a foods truck, and that led me to seeking out for ‘Food Network Star,’ and I received ‘Food Network Star.’ 

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Former NFL player and “Foodstuff Network Star” winner Eddie Jackson attends Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate.
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“And that’s how I bought onto Food Community seven years back, and I’ve been with them for 7 a long time. Lotta demonstrates hosted and judged and all types of points. And it’s been a gorgeous marriage.”

Jackson explained he acquired into the food stuff provider business enterprise at Arkansas.

“In faculty, I utilized to market plates to my teammates to get pocket change, and I however cooked when I got into the NFL. I adore to entertain. For me, entertaining is anything. That is why I produced the book and that’s what I enjoy to do,” he explained to Fox Information Electronic.

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Jackson a short while ago partnered with the Whirlpool brand name to aid cook dinner up 1 of his signature game working day recipes — air-fried spicy chicken Parmesan wings. He stated utilizing Whirlpool’s air fry manner in its good appliances helped him lower down on cook dinner time and even served him eat healthier.

“Activity day, for me, is one thing that is specific. I made a full cookbook about cooking for activity working day, household-gating. So the partnership amongst Whirlpool is a beautiful thing due to the fact sports activities and food items go hand in hand, and I really like to entertain, deliver buddies together,” he said.

Jackson added that the Yummly good thermometer was also one thing he utilised, in particular when cooking big cuts of meat.

American chef and former NFL cornerback Eddie Jackson and Emmy Award-winning Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis.

American chef and previous NFL cornerback Eddie Jackson and Emmy Award-successful Foodstuff Community star Giada De Laurentiis.
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“I appreciate when I can choose significant cuts of meat and do diverse issues with it, no matter whether I take a entire brisket and cook it actually little by little and make tacos out of it or I can acquire prime rib and prepare dinner it a lot more rapidly and have type of like this over-the-leading sort of video game working day meal, which I enjoy to do,” Jackson claimed.

Even though becoming absent from the NFL, Jackson is continue to maintaining a close eye on the league. There are plenty of contenders for the Tremendous Bowl this impending time.

The former participant pointed to the Buffalo Charges as just one staff that could maybe go all the way.

“I come to feel like it is heading to be a handful of teams this yr that are gonna be some surprises. The very last pair of many years most people keeps indicating, but I come to feel like this yr they have a genuinely very good opportunity. That protection is actually coming along, and I imagine that Josh Allen, this could be his year,” Jackson stated.

Cornerback Eddie Jackson of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after the Dolphins defeated the Carolina Panthers at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Sept. 25, 2005.

Cornerback Eddie Jackson of the Miami Dolphins celebrates soon after the Dolphins defeated the Carolina Panthers at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Fla., on Sept. 25, 2005.
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“But then you received some youthful groups out there, with younger quarterbacks as well, like the Arizona Cardinals, that I have substantial hopes for as effectively. So it will be a incredibly fascinating 12 months. I never consider it’s gonna be the Rams or Buccaneers or Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. I consider it is going to be someone new and new this 12 months, which would be genuinely excellent for the NFL.”