Eddie Jackson, AKA Fast Eddie, AKA The Conductor, can add another nickname to his belt:
The History Maker.
Okay fine, that’s a terrible nickname and likely won’t stick. But it’s true all the same. On the strength of his three defensive touchdowns this month and his two last year against the Panthers, Fast Eddie has tied three records — one for the Bears, two for the NFL.
- Most defensive touchdowns in first two NFL seasons (5, tied with Jets safety Erik McMillan in 1989 and 1990)
- Most defensive touchdowns in one month (3, tied with four others, most recently Oakland’s Eric Allen in December of 2000)
- Most defensive touchdowns in a Bears season (3, tied with Peanut in 2012)
Jackson’s five defensive touchdowns are the most since he was drafted in 2017. But extend the timeline to 2015 and he STILL has the most. Extend it to 2014 and he is tied for second with Janoris Jenkins, and one behind Aqib Talib’s six.
Peanut Tillman holds the Bears franchise record with nine defensive touchdowns, so The Conductor has gotten a nice jump on that. He’s also pushing himself not just toward the Pro Bowl but an All Pro selection. A few “lasts” for the Bears in that discussion:
- Last Bears DB to reach the Pro Bowl: Tim Jennings, 2013
- Last Bears DB named first team AP All Pro: Peanut, 2012
- Last Bears safety to reach the Pro Bowl: Mike Brown, 2005
- Last Bears safety named first team AP All Pro: Mike Brown, 2001
The attention is even coming from a certain soon-to-be Hall of Famer.
You on deck— Ed Reed (@TwentyER) November 24, 2018
Jack M Silverstein is Windy City Gridiron’s Bears historian, and author of “How The GOAT Was Built: 6 Life Lessons From the 1996 Chicago Bulls.” He is the proprietor of Chicago sports history Instagram “A Shot on Ehlo.” Say hey at @readjack.