For more than three decades, Roger Jackson has been an anchor in the Central Georgia Community. The former defensive back from Central High made it to the NFL, but always returned back to where it all started and invested in the younger generation.
It's been 40 years since Roger Jackson played a down for the Central Chargers, and he is still drawing large crowds at Henderson Stadium...
For the past 34 years, Jackson has returned to his old stomping grounds and hosted free summer camps for the entire community.
"The joy of just seeing these young men to come out and not expecting anything great but then when you see the look on their face, the drills that they are learning, the technique they are learning and then all of a sudden you see from one skill to the next you see them graduate and he is grasping what we are trying to teach him," Jackson said.
Throughout the years, the former Denver Bronco has used his camp to develop and mentor hundreds of kids teaching them football skills and valuable life lessons.
"I didn't start out trying to leave a legacy I just started wanting to help the next kid, because we didn't have camps when I came along to leave that in a kids mind that somebody came back to me and somebody gave back to me and somebody taught me something about life," Jackson said.
But now at 58 years old, Jackson said its time to hang up the cleats, as he hosted his last camp this past weekend. His message now is to the other graduates to keep this tradition alive for years to come.
"Its a tremendous feeling for guys to come out and continue support you know the Charger pride. But also guys from Southwest, Northeast, you know Rutland, I need those guys out in the community to step up, and take the charge, take the helm, take the torch and run with it," Jackson said.
It's a torch he is delighted to pass along and one that has continued to shine bright after all these years.
"I'm glad to be apart of that and give back to my community and my home town that I love so much and so dearly and these kids I lay it all on the line for them."
Jackson played for the Denver Broncos for five seasons and was also part of the 1975 Central Chargers state football championship team.