Eddie Jackson: Staying Hungry

As serious athletes like former University of Alabama safety Eddie Jackson get to the varsity level, their respective sport begins to become a part of their life.

Hours upon hours of hard work are put in each day to memorize plays, build muscle, and refine skills —this all after a full day of classes.

Love The Game

As Jackson gained recognition his senior season of high school, and later on as a big name player in the Alabama secondary, the game became more than a hobby for him — it became his life.


The game is my life, it’s tradition, it’s about everything like the name on the back of the jersey. You work hard and you want to leave your mark on the field so you can be remembered forever. That right there is what keeps me motivated.
Eddie Jackson

Entering NFL camp this season means the game is about to become a much larger part of Jackson’s life. It will be his full-time job. This means non-stop preparation in the film room, practice field, and weight room as he gets himself mentally and physically prepared for his first game.


When it comes to training, Jackson knows how important it is for his body and how big of a role it plays in him becoming a star in the league.

“Training is very tough and it pushes you every day. You’ve got to make sure you eat healthy, work out, take advantage of the cold tub and hot tub, and listen to the guys who are training you,” he said. “They have been doing this for 20 plus years so just take every piece of advice and take all of the coaching and just apply it every day.”

When it comes to his own workouts, Jackson said the most important aspect, to him, is weight training. Putting on more size, getting stronger, and becoming physical are all goals for Jackson.

Along with hitting the weights daily, he also said becoming faster through speed drills and improving his 40 time is something he works on a lot.

No matter how much training Jackson puts in physically, he said none of it would matter if he didn’t study the mental aspects of the game daily.

“I feel like the mental part of it is more important than the physical side, because I’ve seen a lot of guys who have all of the physical attributes, but mentally they just aren’t there,” he said. “You know they come in and they can’t handle direct criticism, they feel like things are supposed to be handed to them, and they lose their work ethic, they get down on themselves and they just fall off.”

Staying hungry is key as Jackson tries to pave his way in the NFL. This means continuing his work ethic, competitive spirit, and love of the game he has carried with him his whole life.

How do you grind every day in your training? Let us know on TW or IG by tagging us and using #Prepare4Greatness and learn more about Eddie in our latest Eastbay catalog.

Lauryn Williams Featured

Ask An Expert: Lauryn Williams

Want to make history on the global stage? Then you’ve got to out-train your competition. Just ask record-breaking sprinter and bobsledder Lauryn Williams. Read her story:

EKF8 Malakai Featured

Create Your Legacy: Malakai Lewars + James Harden

Eastbay cover athlete Malakai Lewars is focused on creating his own legacy. That doesn’t mean he can’t steal some pointers from some of the game’s greatest players like James Harden, though.

James Harden On All-Star Weekend In LA, Harden Vol. 2, And More!

He's having an MVP-level season and is dropping his second signature shoe, the adidas Harden Vol. 2s — check out our Q&A with Houston star James Harden.

Martin Luther King Featured

Athletes Pay Tribute To Martin Luther King Jr. Day

It is impossible to overstate the impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made on modern society. And his reach has extended into sports, where athletes from all backgrounds have felt his impact.

EWR7 Lillard Featured

Damian Lillard: Lessons From Oakland

Damian Lillard has developed into the unquestioned face of Portland’s franchise. But he started out as just a kid from Oakland.

Dame 4 Glow Featured

Introducing The Dame 4 ‘Glow in the Park’

The newest Dame 4, the 'Glow in the Park' colorway, is an eye-catching shoe that has grabbed plenty of attention well before it even released.

Russ AJ32 Featured

Russell Westbrook & The AJ XXXII

The newest member of the iconic Air Jordan line, the AJ XXXII, takes inspiration from the AJ 2, striving for that same combination of performance and style. Our latest cover athlete, Russell Westbrook, is the perfect player to represent the AJ XXXII.

Carl Lewis Blog Featured

Carl Lewis: Passing The Baton

Carl Lewis is one of the best to ever compete. But he's more than that. He's an icon and a mentor who works tirelessly with the next generation of athletes.

Annie Crossfit 1

Annie Thorisdottir: A World-Class CrossFit® Athlete

She's one of the fittest athletes in the world — and also one of the most interesting. Get to know CrossFit® star Annie Thorisdottir.

Lindor Blog 1 Training

Francisco Lindor: Train Like One Of Baseball’s Best

Francisco Lindor is a game-changer on the diamond. But he didn’t get so good overnight — he’s put in decades of hard work to get to this point.

Get To Know Lindor 5

Francisco Lindor: The Mindset Of A Champion

BC. Francisco Lindor carries those two letters around with him wherever he goes. Find out what that acronym means and why it matters so much to him.

DeAndre Hopkins Pulse 1 Feature

Every Athlete Has A Pulse

The new adidas Athletics ZNE Pulse Knit collection is perfect for athletes like DeAndre Hopkins who turn heads with their play and their style.

See More