Jackson Michael is a football history expert with an encyclopedia-like recall for facts, stats, legendary stories, and iconic moments.
Growing up in Wisconsin, Jackson rooted for the Green Bay Packers, the Tom Landry-coached Dallas Cowboys, and the Dan Reeves/John Elway-led Denver Broncos. He recalls his earliest NFL football memory was age six, as he watched the Vikings return a blocked field goal against the Rams in the 1976 NFC Championship.
Following a fateful opportunity at a party that led to Jackson interviewing 40 former NFL legends, he committed to document football history and player stories, putting his then music career on hold, which later led to his book deal for The Game Before Money, published by the University of Nebraska Press, and other book opportunities.
As the founder of The Game Before the Money Oral History Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, Jackson is acting on a mission to preserve the life and career stories of former pro and college football players, in their own words.
Additionally, through his work, he gains insight into how the players’ personal stories and how they intersect with America’s cultural and socioeconomic history, contributing to the preservation of both football and American history.