One by one, Army football players stopped to give Morna Davis a hug as they jogged off at halftime of the Black & Gold spring game Saturday.
Later that afternoon, the New York Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department played a tribute game in honor of Brandon Jackson, Davis’ son, at Michie Stadium.
Jackson and Davis remain very much a part of Army’s football team. Jackson’s locker is still set up with his uniform and practice gear.
Brandon Jackson would have been 21 today. Jackson, a two-year starting cornerback, was killed in a single-car accident on Sept. 11, 2016.
Jackson was in the thoughts of Army football players and coaches as many posted birthday wishes and memories of their teammate and brother on social media
Here are some of the posts:
“Man I miss you Jack. Happy birthday. I know you turnin up on this beautiful Monday! Nothing will never be the same without you, but I will continue to hold my head high and go hard for you #rememberjack #28 #doitforjack” – quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw
“Happy 21st Birthday to my boy. We haven’t forgot about you man. We miss you like crazy. But as always we’ll hold it down for you. Rest easy and continue to watch over us. #Forever28.” – wide receiver Jeff Ejekam
“This has been a tough day of dealing with life lost too young. Miss you Bjack. Love you & happy birthday #28!” – defensive line coach Chad Wilt
“Happy Birthday B-Jack. I still remember what you told me Temple Game, I think they are finally going to let it happen. We miss you G.” – quarterback Kelvin Hopkins
“On this day, a King was born. God blessed us with an amazing brother and teammate. Happy Birthday Brotha Jack. I love you.” running back Kell Walker