Oakland Raiders honor Kennedy High coach as Eagles clinch league title

Photo: Rodney Alamo Brown

With the Kennedy High Eagles clinching back-to-back league titles, second-year Coach George Jackson Jr. received a special honor from the Oakland Raiders this past Tuesday.

Jackson Jr. was named the Raiders’ “Tom Flores High School Football Coach of the Week.”

Jackson earned the honor after his Eagles defeated Tri-Counties Athletic League Stone Division rival Hercules 21-14 on Oct. 20, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD). The win improved Kennedy’s record to 6-1 and 2-0 in league. The Eagles host Richmond on Friday in its last league game this year at 7 p.m.

When Jackson, formerly the JV coach, took over as the varsity head coach last year, the Eagles finished 10-2 overall to cap a historic season that saw its first playoff win since 1988.

Tuesday’s recognition from the Raiders is yet another milestone for the budding football program.

“This is big for our program,” Jackson said. “This is all about our kids.”

Former Raiders’ wide receiver and two-time Super Bowl winner Mo Bradshaw presented Jackson and the Eagles program with a check for $1,000, courtesy of the Raiders Foundation and the NFL Foundation. The team will receive another $1,000 worth of Gatorade product as part of the honor, according to the Raiders.

The Raiders’ award is named after 2-time Super Bowl winning Coach Tom Flores and recognizes high school football coaches who continuously demonstrate hard work and dedication to their programs by creating successful teams and players both on and off the field. As we’ve reported in the past, Coach Jackson is known not just for winning, but for stressing education through academic support of his players.

Some information from this report provided by community advocate Rodney Alamo Brown