Tyner quarterback Josh Jackson was named the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) Mr. Football Award winner for Class 2A last Wednesday.
More than 400 people, including the honorees, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, attended the 2022 luncheon at Nissan Stadium. The event was hosted by the Tennessee Titans.
Jackson threw for over 2,000 yards during the regular season, and helped lead the Rams to the state title.
“Blessed to be announced Mr. Football and Player of the Year,” Jackson posted on social media. “Long live my Granny. I told y’all I was coming back harder! Thanks to my teammates and my coaches for helping me get here.”
He added, “I just wanna play college football for free!”
The awards were presented to the top football players in each of the nine classifications of the TSSAA. The top kickers in the state were also recognized. There were three finalists in this category, regardless of their school’s classification.
High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists. A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2022 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration.
“This is such an outstanding honor for all 30 of the young men recognized today at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards,” said Mark Reeves, executive director of the TSSAA. “They were here not only due to their athletic ability that they displayed on the field throughout the season, but just as much for their outstanding character and academic achievements.”
The Titans became sponsors of the Mr. Football Awards in 2007. “For decades, the Titans have made supporting high school and youth football programs a top priority,” said Burke Nihill, Titans president and CEO. “The athletes being honored today represent some of the most talented across the state–not only showing determination on-the-field, but also demonstrating tremendous character off-the-field. We are proud to support the Mr. Football Awards and highlight these incredible men who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”