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Jesse Jackson Receives Under Armour All-American Game Jersey

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Petal senior wide receiver Jesse Jackson received his jersey for the Under Armour All-America High School Football game today at school.

Jackson is one of just two players representing Mississippi in this year's game down at Tropicana Field in Tampa, Fla.

Of about two-million varsity football players in the United States, ESPN works with Under Armour to pick out the top 90 in the country.

Jackson says it is an honor that he credits to the support of family, friends, fellow players and coaches.

"They've been behind me 100 percent, especially my team, my coaches," says Petal wide receiver Jesse Jackson. "We've put in an unrealistic amount of hours into what we do, so I know they're behind me 100 percent."

Jackson's selection comes as no surprise, as ESPN ranks the senior wideout second amongst players in Miss., and 93rd overall.

But the announcement comes at an interesting time - in fact, the day after Petal head coach Marcus Boyles informed Under Armour officials of Jackson's season-ending knee injury.

The Mississippi State-cAmmit tore the ACL and meniscus in his right knee in last week's game against Jim Hill, but Under Armour officials never wavered in their decision to leave Jackson on the roster.

"I think it shows what Under Armour's all about by keeping him on the team, allowing him to come to Florida, enjoy the whole experience," says Petal head football coach Marcus Boyles. "Obviously he won't be able to enjoy the game, but I just think that shows a lot of commitment and a lot of class by Under Armour."

"Even though I had an injury last Friday they could have replaced me with somebody else, but I can't express how much it means to me," says Jackson.

The game will be played Jan. 2, 2014 at 4 p.m.

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