He didn't get a chance to make an impact on the field in 2019, but Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson sure is making a big impact off the field. After news came out of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson tragically get shot and killed by a police officer doing a wellness check, Jackson and another professional athlete are paying for the costs of the funeral service.
According to ESPN (via Dallas Morning News), NBA forward Harrison Barnes and his wife, Brittany, are covering more than half of the cost of the service. Jackson will be paying for the remaining costs.
Not only does Jackson have no relation to the family, but he has no connections at all to the Dallas area, which makes this donation even more of a surprise and such a kind gesture. There's a good chance Jackson ends up becoming the Eagles winner of the 2019 Ed Block Courage Award, which is an award voted on by teammates for players who are seen as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship, and courage.