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December 19, 1980|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||184 lb (83 kg)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Eddie Jackson (born December 19, 1980) is an American chef and former football cornerback. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at the University of Arkansas. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.
In college, Jackson started 21 of 47 games at both the cornerback and strong safety slots for the University of Arkansas and totaled 174 tackles, 35 passes defensed, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. He also ran the high hurdles for the national champion Razorback track team. Jackson was also a College All-American in Track and Field where he won four national Titles. He still holds the freshman record for the 110 high hurdles.
Due in part to his injury, Jackson was not tendered a contract by the Dolphins as a restricted free agent.
New England Patriots
On March 19, 2007, Jackson signed a two-year deal with New England Patriots. The contract contained no signing bonus, and base salaries of $1,510,000 in 2007 and $1,605,000 in 2008. He was released by the Patriots during the 2007 season.
Jackson was signed by the Washington Redskins during the 2008 offseason but was released on June 5.
MasterChef and Food Network
Jackson then competed on the eleventh season of the Food Network series Food Network Star, which aired in summer 2015. He was declared the winner of the competition, beating out eleven other contestants.
As a reward for winning Food Network Star, Jackson got his own Food Network cooking competition series, BBQ Blitz, in which contestants competed to create the best barbecue dish; Jackson served as the host. The show ran for six episodes in late 2015. Since 2016 he has hosted the Food Network cooking competition series Kids BBQ Championship. For the first season in 2016 his co-host was model Camila Alves, while for the 2nd season in 2017 his co-host was fellow Food Network Star winner (season 9) Damaris Phillips.  He also infrequently serves as a judge on Clash of the Grandmas.
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