Family of Edwin Jackson thanks Colts, Indianapolis for embracing late linebacker

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ATLANTA (WTHR) - The family of Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson released a statement Wednesday about his death last weekend in a crash on Interstate 70.

Jackson, 26, and his Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, died when they were struck by a vehicle allegedly driven by 37-year-old Manuel Orrega-Savala on I-70 near Holt Road early Sunday. Police say Orrega-Savala's blood alcohol content was .239 at the time of the crash.

"We were blessed to have had an amazing son who lived a life that extended respect, love and genuine concerns to everyone," the statement from Jackson's family read. "He showed compassion for his community and strived to be an example to kids who looked up to him."

The family also extended their thoughts to Monroe's family in the statement.

"We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to them during this time."

Jackson, a native of Atlanta, played at Georgia Southern University before reaching the NFL. He played in 16 games with the Colts, all in 2016, recording 66 tackles and two sacks.

"We thank the City of Indianapolis for embracing Edwin and treating him as one of their own," their statement read. "We also thank Mr. Irsay and the entire Colts organization for allowing Edwin to fulfill his dream of playing the game that he worked so hard for and loved immensely," his family wrote.

Funeral services will be held at Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta. Jackson's funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday.

Contributions to the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation are being requested in lieu of flowers.

Read the full statement from Edwin Jackson's family:

The parents and family of Edwin Jackson would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming expressions of love, condolences, concern, and care during this sudden and tragic loss.

We were blessed to have had an amazing son who lived a life that extended respect, love, and genuine concern to everyone. He showed compassion for his community and strived to be an example to kids who looked up to him.

We have lost a son, a brother, a nephew, and an uncle. The Indianapolis Colts and the National Football League have lost a young and rising star - one who truly loved the game of football, and played it with a passion.

We thank the City of Indianapolis for embracing Edwin and treating him as one of their own. We also thank Mr. Irsay and the entire Colts organization for allowing Edwin to fulfill his dream of playing the game that he worked so hard for and loved immensely. We are also grateful for the Georgia Southern University and Westlake High School communities, who supported Edwin along his journey to success.

While we mourn the loss of an amazing young man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that his life serves as an example to young people around the world that, with a plan and hard work, dreams can come true.

As we grieve our loss, we are aware that the family of Mr. Jeffrey Monroe also grieves the loss of their loved one. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to them during this time.

In this darkest moment, we choose to remember Edwin for the wonderful things he accomplished in his short time on earth, including the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation that he started to empower athletes and youth.

For those seeking to honor Edwin, we ask that in lieu of flowers and cards you help to keep his legacy alive by contributing to his foundation. To learn more visit www.EdwinJackson53.com.