Get to know Johnnie Jackson.School: LSU
Event: Hammer Thrower
Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Different sport, same situation. This proud New Jersey native definitely deserves some recognition for his work ethic, or his “perseverance factor,” as he told In The Mix Media. Johnnie Jackson, hammer thrower for LSU, is one person I would consider to be a born thrower, but how could this be when he’s so new to the sport?
Jackson was a multiple sport athlete as he was coming up in Jersey, playing YMCA basketball, Pop-Warner football, little league baseball, etc. By the way, he does not suggest this to any athlete that wants to succeed as an athlete. However, he was a focused football player until his junior year when he was told by his running back coach at Cherry Hill East High School to go and try out for the track team as a thrower. Turns out, he was better at throwing (something he’d never done) than he was at football (a sport he’d been playing since he was five years old). He was also better at throwing than he was at managing his grades because when it was time for him to graduate, he had poor grades and no scholarships.
In the next chapter in the book of Johnnie Jackson, the thrower attended community college to improve his grades. While at community college, he did just that and threw well enough to grab a few scholarships to JUCOs. This led to the next chapter at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. From JUCO, he “grinded there” and found himself at LSU. It was at LSU where he began to understand the life of a D1 athlete and what he was signing up for. During his time at LSU (two seasons), he was named an NCAA Champion, 2x All-American, 2x All-Conference, and awarded with the Glenn ‘Slats’ Hardin Award in 2017.
I guess the Meek Mill and The Gap Band that he plays and the eggs and grits that he eats before his events are working for him.
Johnnie Jackson and I share the same vision. When he was asked where he’s sees himself in five years, he said, “The top. Throwing with the best of them, if not better than the rest of them.” After doing research and listening to interviews, I do believe that in some time, Johnnie Jackson will be at “the top” of the hammer throwing world.
Look for Johnnie Jackson to be “ranked in the top three in the world.”
Notable Awards & Honors:
- NCAA Champion
- 2x All-American
- 2x All-SEC
- SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week (Jan. 24)
- 2017 Glenn ‘Slats’ Hardin Most Outstanding Performer
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