Denver Broncos: 30 greatest players of all time
Rich “Tombstone” Jackson is considered arguably one of the toughest and meanest Broncos in the team’s history.
He accounted for 43 career sacks for the Broncos when he played.
Jackson made the Pro Bowl in both 1970 and 1971. His toughness was a quality that both his opponents and teammates respected. One of his signature moves as a pass rusher was the head slap.
With force and tenacity, Jackson would use the head slap as part of his ability to get to the quarterback and running back.
The NFL had to create a rule which prohibited the head slap largely in part to Jackson’s utter dominance.
He is one player that many Broncos fans forget to mention when talking about impact players in team history.
Unfortunately, Jackson’s career was cut short due to knee injuries but he sustained a dominant career whenever his body allowed him to be on the field.
"“When I think of him, I think of pain.” – Chiefs Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson (via Denver Post)"