INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts players and fans shared memories and love for linebacker Edwin Jackson who was one of two men killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning.
Police believe Jackson, 26, was the passenger in a rideshare vehicle when he got sick and the driver pulled over to help him out. That's when a suspected drunk driver ran into the back of the vehicle hitting both Jackson and the driver, Jeffrey Monroe, 54.
Jackson played 16 games with the Colts in 2016 but spent the last year on the injured reserves.
He was described by former and current teammates as always having a smile and loving life.
Read some of their tributes below.
Just learned about the passing of one of my favorite teammates.. Always happy.. always uplifting.. always humble..he was a true shining light on this earth..Such an incredibly sad day for anybody who has ever been lucky enough to be around or befriend Edwin Jackson.. RIP Ed..damn pic.twitter.com/RxKoA8OQ9j
It breaks my heart to hear the news about my brother & former teammate Edwin Jackson. He was always such a joy to be around, always smiling and always laughing. An absolutely incredible friend. RIP Ed, my thoughts & prayers are forever with you and your family 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/TpdE9GBuDE
No photo more perfectly captures who Edwin Jackson was. A passionate player, he loved life and took every opportunity to give back to his family, his friends, his fans, and his community. He put his whole heart into everything he did. And he’ll be in our hearts forever. 💙 #RIPpic.twitter.com/ScmlBJIGGh
Aww man my heart is super heavy. I just seen on my phone one of my former teammates Edwin Jackson was killed by a drunk driver. Prayers goes up to his family. This rips me apart right now. That was my dawg. God has your soul man 🙏🏾😇
Terribly terribly saddened at the news of the passing of one our former Lions & current Indianapolis Colt Edwin Jackson. He gave a deeply inspirational speech at our football banquet last year & we send our most heartfelt condolences to his family during this time of loss 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/drFwbrDkQu
Asked what advice he'd give his 12-year-old self, Edwin Jackson said "Sometimes in life, you’re going to be put in situations where you’re going to have to have the courage to step out and be a leader." Thanks for leading with kindness & love. We'll take it from here.🙏🏻 #RIP53pic.twitter.com/3qrzkXPzvf
So so so so sad hearing of Edwin Jackson’s passing. There really are no words. He was a favorite of ours on the radio because of his magnetic and inspiring personality. Gave 150% in everything he did. Loved his passion - and I’ll always remember that about him.