Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson has a bunch of assurance, especially in himself. But there are just some things that even he can’t believe.
The fourth-year defender took to the podium following Thursday’s practice and told reporters he was surprised at the good news he received earlier in the afternoon. That news? Jackson was named a captain, alongside seven other teammates, for the first time in his NFL career.
“I was told by Coach [Matt] Rhule that my teammates had voted for me,” Jackson said when asked how he got the word. “I thought he was playin’. I ain’t think it was real.”
Not only has Jackson grown into a constant presence in the secondary, but he’s also grown into a constant presence amongst his teammates in the locker room. The confident and fearless attitude has, evidently, made quite the impression on his comrades.
“This is definitely something that I’ll carry for the rest of my life,” he said. “And just knowing that these guys, these grown men who have their own families, who lead their own families, pick you to help lead the team. That just says a lot about how they view me, that they respect me.”
Running back Christian McCaffrey, linebacker Shaq Thompson, quarterback Sam Darnold, center Matt Paradis, right tackle Taylor Moton, defensive end Brian Burns and long snapper J.J. Jansen will be slapping on that captain’s patch with Jackson as well in 2021.
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