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.
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
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|