this quote is from fred jackson's son, right? i guess that would be jeremy jackson's brother.
Jackson Hyperbole Is A Dominant Trait
If you had 36 minutes in the "how long would it take a Jackson to wildly overstate the ability of Thomas Rawls*" pool, collect your winnings:
“Honestly, I did get a chance to watch Mark Ingram a few times,” [Fred Jackson Jr.] told The Flint Journal. “Mark is probably one of the best guys ever to come through here. Mark was great, but there’s something about this kid Thomas. If I was to compare them as high school backs, give me Thomas Rawls.”
He's like a Heisman trophy winner… except fast!
*[No offense intended to Rawls. All comments in this post reference the Jackson family's unique gift for shameless hyperbole and are not meant to reflect cynicism on the part of the author. The author legitimately enjoys this meme. He would find it sad if the Jackson family ever said a tailback was "okay." The author's life story was encapsulated in a Kids In The Hall sketch once. Hoke uber alles.]
I heard that Fred Jackson once happened upon MGoBlog, and described Brian as "the most gifted writer ever. He is like Hemmingway, but with better prose, and a better command of the English language. He is more knowledgeable about Michigan football than John Bacon, with the love of the team that might, just might, surpass that of Bo."
I love me some Jackson family Hyperbole.
If Thomas Rawls was an astronaut (which he could be one day, he works that hard), he'd be like Neil Armstrong ... only faster!
/rehired/whatever. I also love me some Jackson Family Hyperbole
nether particles? He looks like he par-boiled!!
He's just awesome like that!
Nobody is expecting Rawls to start this year. In fact, given our insane depth, as well as a guy named Justice Hayes, my $$ would be on this kid being a holy lock to redshirt, so that he can focus on his grades while having another year to get even bigger and stronger.
In fact, given the depth at the position, I wouldn't expect him (or Hayes) to play significant time until 2013 unless one of them emerges as better than the existing talent.
It would be very interesting to get Fred Jackson's perspective on the HCs he's worked for at Michigan, how intense the practices were, what kind of leaders they were, what they emphasized, etc. However, if he was asked, all you'd end up getting is that they were all only slightly less wonderful than Jesus Christ.
That's a lie and you know it. What does Jesus know about the Zone read, D-line stunting, or the Cover 3 defense? And could he have done a better job of molding 85 young men? Questionable.
But The Son of Man would mold the 85 young men better, being the Only Son of The Living God and all.
We'll hey if a little Jackson hyperbole is not your fancy you could always tune to Valenti who had the gull to just spit out that only two of Michigan's recruits could play for MSU.
I guess that sounds about right, only two of like 22 will have bad grades, binge drink, beat up students and be all round a-holes!
Love your second paragraph!
Where can I find what Valenti said? Thanks
Sorry I don't have a link he said it earlier on air 97.1.
I whole-heartedlly approve of the new mgoblog tag:
"fred jackson hyperbole tracker"
I was suprised to find out that this is the only post under it though.
I'm really happy to see this is a dominant trait and runs in the family. I hope it continues until the end of time.
Fred Jackson Jr.'s skills are weak. C'mon Sr., show us what you got.
They should make Jackson family hyperbole toilet paper. I'd love to take care of business in the morning and read quotes on the toilet paper.. "I've seen a lot of fine toilet work in my time, but nothing compares to what happened today. The combination of size and speed won't be topped anytime soon. I don't want to say best ever, but its looking possible."
A DKs reference? Sweet, thanks Brian.
Pretty sure that's more of a dead Third Reich reference. Kids in the Hall: best opening theme in television history.
jackson family hyperbole sounds like an indy band name
Mad props for all The Kids In The Hall references. Truely one of the best scetch comedy shows of all time. Double props for the Flying Pig. "Hey, hey, hey".
This is probably an answer to a question asking him to compare Ingram and Rawls. You can't really expect him to answer it any other way. He's basically saying, "I saw Mark play a few times in high school, but I'll take the guy I know."
Oh man Fred Jr. Can we just get him signed to replace Sr. when he retires?
I don't think TRawls is as good as Ingram but I am damn happy he is on board. Welcome Thomas!