Edwin Jackson and the story of Pound Cake

Posted by Darren Urban on August 13, 2015 – 8:34 am

Up until this point Edwin Jackson has been most recognizable because of a) his hair or b) the fact he now wears the No. 58 that belonged to Daryl Washington. But inside the team, Jackson is the exuberant inside linebacker with the nickname “Pound Cake.” Coach Bruce Arians certainly has no issue putting nicknames out for the world to know, and he mentioned the other day that Jackson — one of the undrafted rookies trying to make the team at a thin position — is nicknamed Pound Cake. He deferred on saying why. Jackson was more than willing to offer the answer.

Seems that before the draft, the Cardinals brought the 6-foot, 230-pound Jackson in for an official visit. It isn’t unusual that the Cards bring in guys who might be very late-or-not-at-all draft picks to visit, perhaps setting up for an undrafted rookie deal down the road. The problem? Jackson, citing how crowded and crazy it can get at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, missed his flight. For a guy just trying to find a job in the NFL, it wasn’t an ideal first impression.

“I just knew I messed up somebody’s schedule,” Jackson said.

But he had a plan. “My Mom, she cooks the best pound cakes in the world,” Jackson said. When Jackson got to Arizona, coaches got on his case, asking how he could possibly miss his flight. Jackson was ready. “I apologize,” he told them, “but I didn’t come empty-handed.” The skeptical coaches asked “What do you got?” They told him, jokingly, he’d owe them $50 if it wasn’t good enough.

“I pulled out these pound cakes, best pound cakes from Georgia, homemade from scratch,” Jackson said. “I didn’t hear about missing that flight, not one bit.”

Jackson said he thinks special teams coach Amos Jones was the first to start calling him Pound Cake — “He knows about that Southern cooking,” Jackson said — and the nickname rolled through the coaches, his teammates and the training staff. Now it’s not going away.

“It just stuck,” Jackson said. “As a rookie, they don’t really know your name. But they did not forget those pound cakes.”


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13 Responses to “Edwin Jackson and the story of Pound Cake”

  1. By Dynosoar on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    That’s awesome! Smart kid, it’s always good to have an offering to accompany an apology.

    Do we get a recipe? Let’s see him pound QB’s into cake and have another layer of meaning to his nickname.

  2. By John The Draft Guy on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    Nice story Darren.

    Of course the name Edwin Jackson in Arizona takes us back to 2010, when Jackson threw a no hitter for the DBacks. Hopefully this Edwin Jackson is a hitter.

    Tough road to make this team but great story.

  3. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    Long ball Practice vid: Momah looks like a really big wide out, wow wow..

  4. By Travis1042 on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    Darren / Kyle,

    First of all, thanks again for these interesting and fun articles. You two are hands down the best Arizona sports writers / Bloggers. Keep it up!

    I was just curious about Matt Shaughnessy’s (i see him in the background) position switch, and maybe why the team made that change? Haven’t hrad a peep. The D-Line just looks too deep.. Can you envision him getting the axe? He seemed to be a stud run-stopper last year at OLB, correct? Maybe not, who knows – that’s why I ask the experts!

    Besides Oak Tree, Spoon & Minter, how has the rest of the linebackers [both inside & out] doing? Any of them stand out to you guys? I’ve been root’n for ILB A. Fua, ever since he was brought in.

    Thanks for your time, buddy! 

  5. By Darren Urban on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    Travis —

    RE: DL/LB

    I’ll have an ILB story up around lunchtime.

    As for the DL, that’s a very deep spot and not everyone is going to make it. He probably is served better as a defensive lineman, and with the desire to move Kareem Martin to OLB, it might have just been a numbers thing.

  6. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    Pound cake: what a great anecdote.

    “attempt at a special long-form layout”: boy, does that look nice and read easily, go long on that one.

  7. By Marc on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    Jackson is a very interactive guy in practice, makes me think he is the equivalent of Lou Amundson from the 2010 suns team, I can’t critique his work, his attitude, and exuberance are undeniable

  8. By Dynosoar on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply


    how well is Alani Fua doing? He seemed to always be in the highlight reels locally.

    I understand that Was college and he’s not facing one good O-Lineman each week, but five, so there’s definitely a difference. And Palmer and Stanton are not college Qbs either.

    Thanks. Whatever happens, I’m excited for the season to begin. Looking forward to seeing what our “depth” can do against KC this Saturday. Especially Logan.

  9. By Darren Urban on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    Dyno —

    RE: Fua

    He’s in the mix.

  10. By Dr. G. on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    What is better than pound cake w/strawberries? May be a better moniker for an O lineman though.

    Mr. Jackson… Take this #58. And when you step up and prove you can get the job, you can say, “”ED WINS””…. This is my number now!!


  11. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    So, is Massie suspended?

  12. By Darren Urban on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    DTL —

    RE: Massie

    Not right now.

  13. By William Barry on Aug 13, 2015 | Reply

    Edwin Jackson looks like a good find… his attitude….

    P.S. I hope Bob Sanders does wonders with our LB’s this year, his credentials with Oakland the last couple of years are impressive……this might be one of the most important changes to the coaching staff….

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