Robert "Stonewall" Jackson, a North Carolina Central University Hall of Fame coach and National Football League trailblazer, passed away in Raleigh, NC on March 14, 2010
at the age of 88. Jackson spent more than 30 years as an educator and coach at NCCU. Besides working as an assistant football coach and teacher of physical education
theory, athletic training, weight training, individual and team sports, and equipment management courses from 1968 until 1999, he also served as the athletic trainer for
many years and was even the Eagles' head football coach for two games in 1977. He was inducted itno the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. In October 2009, as part of the
University's 100th anniversary celebration, Jackson was honored among the Centennial 100 Sports Legends as one of the top 10 coaches in NCCU history.
In 1950, Jackson became the first African-American from a historically black college drafted to play in the NFL when he was selected by the New York Giants. As a rookie fullback,
he rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries for an average of 9.4 yards per run for the 10-2 Giants.