- Name: Jackson Linback
- Position: OL
- College: Trine University
- Height: 6’5”
- Weight: 305 lbs
- Twitter: @JacksonLinback
- Instagram: jacksonlinback1
What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft?
Some things that makes me a top prospect are; my will to study the playbook and film to make sure I know everything about the offense. Also, I am someone that can take criticism from a coach and that won’t affect how I play, I will use the criticism to help my learn and understand what I need to do. Lastly I will be a protector for whatever QB I am blocking for. Making sure my QB is safe is something that is very important to me.
At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
I was first interested in football when I was about 8 years old. I knew growing up playing football was something I really enjoyed and wanted to get better at. Since a young age I would always focus and listen to what my coaches would say so I could gain as much information about my position to help me get better.
What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?
NFL teams should know that they aren’t just getting a player they are getting someone that is a lead on and off the field. They also need to know that I am someone that will spend a good amount of time learning the playbook and watching film to make sure I am ready for games or practice. Lastly, I am someone that is determined and willing to give it my all when my name is called and I will try my hardest and give them my all.
If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?
If I could donate to one cause in the world it would be to cancer research foundation. Four people that have played a big role in my life have had cancer and donating to a cancer research foundation would give me comfort in known that I could potentially save someone’s life.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
One of the best pieces of advice I have ever received was don’t give up on your dreams if others say they are realistic. Your dreams are something you want so give it your all and try to reach those dreams to prove everyone that doubts you wrong.
Who was your childhood hero?
My childhood hero was my mom. My mom has taught me a lot about life and what it takes to be successful. She has also taught me that having a good work ethic will help you succeed in life. My mom is the reason I am who I am and I give her a lot of credit for getting me to where I am.
Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?
The most underrated teammate I have at Trine is Amos Eniitan (RB)(#38). He is probably one of the hardest working teammate I have and when his name is called I know he is going to give it his all and leave everything out on the field. Amos is someone that a lot of the teammates doubt but he doesn’t let that stop him from giving it his all and trying his hardest on and off the field. Amos inspires me to be a harder worker in the weight room and do the right things so my body stays healthy.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
On of my biggest pet peeves is when others are talking or not paying attention when someone is giving them directions or trying to help them with something. I believe that an important part of the game and life is to pay attention to detail and embracing the knowledge given to you/ around you.
Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?
One of the hardest moments in life to overcome was when I had shoulder surgery a few years ago. During this time it was the spring and we were in the middle of the pandemic so Trines football team was still playing games in the spring. Since I am someone that loves being on the field it was had to be on the sideline and not able to practice. To overcome this I was an active helper when my teammates needed me. I was able to answer questions they had about other teams or plays they needed help on. Being there for my teammates allowed me to forget about my shoulder surgery and focus on helping my team win.
Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?
With Trine being a division 3 school, I think they do an amazing job at building relationships with each and everyone of the students that go there. This is special to me because I personally feel like building relationships is important and can help you be successful.
What is your favorite snack food?
My favorite snack food is goodfish.
What is the best part of football?
I would say the best part of football is being on the field with some of your closest friends and playing the sports you love at the same time. I would also saying getting to learn different thing each week depending on the game you are going into.
If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?
My name is Jackson Linback and I am someone that is determined, hardworking, and reliable with everything I set my mind to whether that is on or off the field.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?
If I had to compare my play to one player I would say Quenton Nelson.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Trent Williams, Tom Brady, and Tim Tebow
My top three choices would be these guys because I feel like they all take the game of football very serious and want nothing but the best for their team. Starting off I said Trent Williams and I chose him because I like how he plays and I think it would be very beneficial to learn from him and see what I can do to change how I play. Secondly I chose Tom Brady because as a long time Patriots fan I would love to learn about how he overcame all of the adversity that come his way. Also, I would like to talk to him about what he wants in an offensive lineman. I would also like to learn about all of the different experiences he has had since he was in the NFL for so many years. Lastly I said Tim Tebow because I think he is one of the most inspirational person I have ever listen to. Learning from him would be amazing and allow me to look at things differently. Lastly, I would like to talk to him about his post game conference when him and the Florida Gators lost when they should have had an undefeated season. His post game conference is something I listen to quite a bit because it gives me a burst of energy before a game.