Student-Athletes Past, Present, & Future
The Eagle Athletic Foundation (EAF) is a 501(c)3 organization started by former student athletes coached & mentored by the late dreamweaver Coach Robert "Stonewall" Jackson. Jackson spent more than 30 years as an educator and coach at NCCU. Coach Jackson's knowledge and experience enabled his student athletes to learn and develop while improving performance on the field.
Additionally, his off-line support made such a significant impact in their development and thinking that the founders wanted to honor him and to continue the legacy that coaching and mentoring builds. The result of which is the EAF, an organization that serves a vehicle to give financial support to the NCCU's athletic program both today and in the future.
Established in 2007, the EAF held its first fund raising initiative in February 2008 and currently hosts the annual Robert 'Stonewall' Jackson Classic!
Winston Lake Golf Course
Date: Saturday, August 24th, 2019
Time: 9:00am, Shotgun Start
Venue: 3535 Winston Lake Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
NFL Trailblazer Touched Many LivesRobert "Stonewall" Jackson, a North Carolina Central University Hall of Game coach and National Football League trailblazer, passed away in Raleigh, NC on March 14, 2010 at the age of 88.
Jackson spent more than 30 years as an educator and coach at NCCU. Besides working as an assistant football coach and teacher of physical education theory, athletic training, weight training, individual and team sports, and equipment management courses from 1968 until 1999, he also served as the athletic trainer for many years and was even the Eagles' head football coach for two games in 1977. He was inducted itno the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. In October 2009, as part of the University's 100th anniversary celebration, Jackson was honored among the Centennial 100 Sports Legends as one of the top 10 coaches in NCCU history.
In 1950, Jackson became the first African-American from a historically black college drafted to play in the NFL when he was selected by the New York Giants. As a rookie fullback, he rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries for an average of 9.4 yards per run for the 10-2 Giants.
North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Induction
Jackson Earns Induction Into The North Carolina Sports Hall of FameThe North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame introduced its 2023 induction class on Tuesday with North Carolina A&T football legend Bob "Stonewall" Jackson included.
Jackson, a highly decorated World War II veteran, enrolled after the war at Negro Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina (now North Carolina A&T State University), where he became a four-time All-CIAA player as a star linebacker. He made history when he became the first player from an HBCU (historically black college or university) drafted by the NFL when the New York Giants drafted him in 1950. He played for both the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.
After his playing career, Jackson coached football at Johnson C. Smith University. Then he spent more than 30 years as an educator and coach at North Carolina Central University, where he taught and was an assistant football coach and longtime athletic trainer. Jackson died on March 14, 2010, at the age of 88.
"The North Carolina A&T State University family is excited to see Stonewall Jackson receive this well-deserved honor today," said Earl M. Hilton III, North Carolina A&T's director of athletics. "Mr. Jackson is one of the most important and historical figures at our storied institution and several other HBCUs. He was the first HBCU graduate drafted by the NFL. However, what stands out the most when you consider Mr. Jackson's life and career, are the more than 40 years he devoted to developing and educating student-athletes. He had a tremendous impact on so many lives."
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