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Old Hickory And The Hilltopper

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Western Kentucky's Andrew Jackson may be the best linebacker prospect you've not heard of . . . yet. Photo courtesy WKU media relations.
Western Kentucky's Andrew Jackson may be the best linebacker prospect you've not heard of . . . yet. Photo courtesy WKU media relations.

Birthdays, as with other annual milestones, are a great opportunity to look both backward and forward. They are the confluence of what was and what is to be, a chance to reflect on the past and imagine what the future may hold.

Today, we blow out the candles on America's birthday (237? You don't look a day over 225), looking both directions across the calendar to honor an All-American name and two men who share it -- one past, one present and neither of whom you know as much about as you probably should.

ANDREW JACKSON ANDREW JACKSON
Key Biographical Data

Born: March 15, 1767 (somewhere on the border between North and South Carolina)

Died: June 8, 1845 (Nashville, TN)

6-foot-1, 265 pounds
Position Seventh president of the United States Senior linebacker, Western Kentucky
Proof of Toughness Was nicknamed "Old Hickory" Talk to Troy RB Shawn Southward (check YouTube for Jackson's 4th-and-1 stop from the 2011 season)
Best Defensive Effort Battle of New Orleans, Jan. 8, 1815 (War of 1812) 19 total tackles (4.5 TFL) vs. Florida Atlantic, Week 10 (Season of 2012)
Relationship to Tennessee Volunteers Colonel of Tennessee volunteer militia (Sam Houston and David Crockett served under him) Will face Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, Sept. 7th
Musical tribute to his career "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" (120 performances on Broadway) Highlights montages, available on YouTube
Weakness Treatment of Native Americans, proponent of slavery Unproven in pass coverage
Top honor Face on the $20 bill Two-time first-team All-Sun Belt
Draft status Served prior to conscription (though he was a volunteer courier in the American Revolutionary War)

Quite possibly the top inside linebacker prospect available in the 2014 NFL Draft