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Jackson’s Tiger homecoming

Homecoming Hero: Jackson 2013 Jack Dyer Medalist, Daniel Jackson will be the Homecoming Hero for the Round 14 match against Brisbane.
Daniel Jackson of the Tigers in action during the AFL Round 03 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Melbourne Demons at the MCG, Melbourne. (Photo: Sean Garnsworthy/AFL Media)
Daniel Jackson is the Round 14 'Homecoming Hero'

Daniel Jackson is Richmond’s next Homecoming Hero for 2016.

The Tigers will honour Jackson during the pre-game build-up at this Saturday afternoon’s Round 14 clash with Brisbane at the MCG.

Jackson, who played 156 games and kicked 61 goals during an 11-season career with Richmond, will walk to the Punt Road end of the ground to receive appropriate acknowledgment from the Tiger Army.

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He’ll then proceed to kick a ceremonial goal, before signing the football and presenting it to a Richmond fan in the crowd.

Highlights of Jackson’s playing career with the Tigers also will be shown on the MCG’s screens.

Daniel Jackson was recruited by Richmond from Carey Grammar at pick 53 overall in the 2003 AFL National Draft.

He made his senior league debut with the Tigers as an 18-year-old in Round 16, 2004 against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium, picking up 13 possessions, taking three marks and applying five tackles in a solid first-up performance.

In Jackson’s early days at senior league level, he played predominantly as a defender.  But with his strong build, toughness, and appetite for the contest, Jackson eventually forced his way into Richmond’s midfield.

Although there were setbacks along the way, due to injury problems and suspensions, Jackson managed to provide the Tigers with plenty of grunt and leadership in his midfield role. 

In his 10th season of league football, in 2013, Jackson took his game to another level.

He played a major role in Richmond breaking a 12-year finals drought through his productive work in the midfield, averaging 22.3 disposals per game and kicking 18 goals.

Jackson’s strong and bold efforts during that season were rewarded when he won the Club’s Best and Fairest award, the Jack Dyer Medal, for the first time.  At 27 years and five months of age, he was the oldest first-time winner of the Best and Fairest in Tigerland history.

Unfortunately, injuries prevented him from replicating that form on a consistent basis the following season, although he did rack up a career-high 34 disposals in the Round 7, 2014 match against Geelong at the MCG.

On the eve of Richmond’s second successive finals campaign, Jackson announced his retirement from league football, effective immediately, because of the heavy toll injuries had taken on his body.

Daniel Jackson had given his all for the Tigers over the course of a decade, overcoming the various obstacles that confronted him, to carve out a league playing career that he can be mighty proud of.

His teammates, coaches and Richmond supporters alike certainly appreciated just how valuable a contributor ‘Jacko’ was on the field of battle for the Tigers.

Daniel Jackson profile
Born:  25/4/1986 
Height:  188cm 
Playing weight:  91kg 
Draft history:  Taken by Richmond at pick 53 overall in the 2003 National Draft
Guernsey number at Richmond:  No. 23
Debut at Richmond:  Round 16, 2014 v St Kilda, Etihad Stadium
Games at Richmond (2004-2014):  156 
Goals at Richmond:  61 
Honours at Richmond:  Winner of the 2013 Jack Dyer Medal

Previous Homecoming Heroes:

2014, Rd 2: Michael Green 2014, Rd 4: Kevin Bartlett 2014, Rd 6: Bryan Wood
2014, Rd 13: Kevin Morris 2014, Rd 14: Wayne Walsh 2014, Rd 16: Barry Richardson
2014, Rd 19: Rex Hunt 2014, Rd 20: Francis Bourke 2015, Rd 2: Bill Barrot
2015, Rd 5: Andrew Kellaway 2015, Rd 7: Mark Lee 2015, Rd 9: Derek Peardon 
2015, R12: Dale Weightman 2015, R15: Matthew Richardson 2015, R17: Dick Clay
2015, R20: Barry Rowlings 2016, R6: Matthew Rogers 2016, R7: Jake King
2016, R8: Nick Daffy 2016, R12: Nathan Foley