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Education a must for Motivating Youth CEO Roger Jackson

Former NFL DB Roger Jackson speaks to students at the Weaver Elementary School's Summer Enrichment Program Wednesday morning. /(Perry Smith, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- Macon-native Roger Jackson spent 18 seasons in the NFL.

Five of those years as a player, thirteen more as a scout but they all of those years wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for one thing in particular.

"Education is that gateway,"Jackson said. "It's that key to success."

A standout on the football field at Central High School, Bethune Cookman University and with the Denver Broncos, Jackson made the decision to give back to his hometown community. In 2009 he created the Motivating Youth Foundation which offers after school programs to students in the Macon area. Wednesday, the former NFL defensive back spoke to students at Weaver Elementary's Summer Enrichment Program about the importance of character and school work.

Jackson recognizes his message may not get across quickly but knows students will hopefully be receptive.

"They may not realize now because they're young and they want to do everything right now," Jackson said. "They want things right now."

While speaking to the program's students about school, athletics and even hot topics like concussion safety in football, Jackson says it's up to the older generation to provide a solid foundation for the future.

"In the long run, we as parents and as adults have to keep stressing education," Jackson said. "How society is now and how the world is going to be, it's going to depend on how far our kids go with their education."

Jackson also serves as a color commentator for the Mercer Bears Football program.

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