University of Miami cornerback Michael Jackson loves that turnover chain, but not nearly as much as he loves his sweet newborn son, whose picture was posted on social media — complete with a turnover chain T-shirt.
Jackson welcomed Michael Antwan Jackson Jr. into the world on Friday night, and proudly let the world know it.
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Bonus for Hurricanes fans: Despite staying awake most of the night, Jackson, a 6-1, 200-pound senior who led the Canes in 2017 with four interceptions (tied with safety Jaquan Johnson) and chose to stay at UM instead of turning pro, showed up for the spring game Saturday morning.
When he arrived in the cafeteria pregame Saturday, he was heartened by the applause he received from his teammates and coaches.
“A lot of people didn’t think I was going to play in the spring game,’’ he said. “I’m not an emotional guy, but that felt the best because at the end of the day, they showed me that is a family.
“It takes a village to raise a child. My village is here — the University of Miami, my girlfriend, my family, my family back in Alabama. It feels good, because if I’m here, I can go talk to any coach, and not just the defensive coaches.”
Jackson said he is cherishing being a dad. “Basically, where I’m from in Birmingham, Alabama,’’ he said, “a lot of fathers aren’t in their child’s life. So, that means a lot to us. Every step of the way I am going to be there.’’
Jackson said that on Sunday, when he asked cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph how he did in the scrimmage, Rumph told him not to worry and to “be a dad.’’
“He’s teaching me to be a football player and a dad."
As for that turnover chain T, Jackson said it was a gift.
“I was like, he definitely got to wear that first.”