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Damian Jackson can teach the value of team with unique perspective to the Huskers

Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 9:36 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Nebraska outside linebacker Damian Jackson who is almost 30 years old doesn’t necessarily look at things the same way his teammates do. He comes from a different place than the rest of the team.

Damian was recently named the 2021 recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award following his service as a Navy SEAL.

While his background and journey to Nebraska are far different, he still shares a ton of common ground with his teammates. First a passion for sport and competition. Damian tried to walk on at Nebraska but did not make the team following the initial tryout. In part, because he never played the game before, not even in high school, he did not know the terminology. He also said he didn’t watch much football growing up.

Nevertheless, he would not take no for an answer and Mike Riley gave him a second chance. Now five years into his run Damian still has another year of eligibility left because of the pandemic and he will be back for the sixth year in 2022. He will also graduate this December.

His experience as a SEAL helps him lead not only by example but he can share the value of team to the newer younger Huskers. The spirit of team is a key element of being a Navy SEAL. As we all know, the wins and losses are far more critical than what Nebraska is trying to accomplish on the football field.

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