As his Twitter handle says, Tyoka Jackson knows football. That’ll come in handy, as the former defensive lineman is set to join the Big Ten Network as an in-studio analyst, according to his social media accounts.
Jackson was a standout during his Penn State days from 1992-94, notching First Team All-Big Ten honors after his senior season in which he led the Nittany Lions in sacks (eight) with 41 tackles. After his Happy Valley days, he embarked on a 12-year NFL career despite going undrafted in 1994, beginning with the Miami Dolphins before spending five years apiece with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the St. Louis Rams. He played one year in Detroit before hanging up the cleats, collecting 29 sacks and 131 tackles by the time it was over.
Jackson has some broadcasting experience under his belt. He’s currently an analyst for CBS Sports 920 St. Louis. He also co-owns an IHOP, the first to open in his hometown of Washington, D.C., that is partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Jackson becomes the only Penn State graduate to join the ranks of the Big Ten Network talent. His first Big Ten Network appearance is scheduled for this Saturday at 6 p.m.