Hamilton Tiger-Cats running back Don Jackson has developed an affinity for Steeltown following his first year in the Hammer.
“This is a wonderful city, this is a lovely place — you can’t tell me no different: it’s the best CFL city in Canada,” Jackson said.
After originally signing with the Ticats in 2020, the 28-year-old took the field with the black and yellow for the first time during the shortened 14-game regular season and became a late-schedule playmaker for Hamilton.
“My sole focus was just being a guy for this team that they needed at the moment, be a spark and person that comes to work with great energy,” Jackson said.
“I never doubt what I can put out on the field. After I understood what the situation was being nicked in the beginning of the season and having to wait for my turn, I didn’t make a big deal about my goals.”
Jackson rushed 44 times for 245 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and one touchdown with eight receptions for 94 yards and one major in four regular season games. He added 40 carries for 200 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and one touchdown plus nine catches for 67 yards in three playoff contests, including the 108th Grey Cup loss 33-25 in overtime to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“It sucks, this one is going to sting for a while. You gotta give credit to those boys, man, they fought and this was their moment,” Jackson said.
“It’s going to be on my mind the entire off-season. It’s not that I need other motivating factors because I light that fire for myself, but losing a championship in overtime is a good way to set, aim and focus for the off-season.”
The former NFL runner has spent three seasons in Canada, the first two with the Calgary Stampeders. Jackson has toted the ball 262 times for 1,415 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and six touchdowns in 24 games while grabbing 52 balls for 394 yards and one major. The five-foot-10, 205-pound Sacramento, California native could hit the open market on February 8, 2022.
“I’m heading into free agency, but I’m going to discuss that with everybody in leadership here. I love this place, I love this team and I’m definitely looking forward to building,” Jackson said.
“I’m just going with the flow, everything will come how it’s supposed to. I love Hamilton and I don’t imagine myself wanting to be any other place. I want to continue to get better and build with this group.”