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Former Olympic sprinter Jackson dies at age 65

3/26/2007

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Trenton Jackson, a 1964 Olympic sprinter
and the inaugural member of the Rochester Track Club Hall of Fame,
has died, wife Pamela said. He was 65.

Jackson died Sunday at Strong Memorial Hospital.

"He had a heart attack. They said his heart just died," Pamela
Jackson said, adding that her husband had a quadruple bypass in
2000.

Nicknamed the "Franklin Flash," he was inducted into the Hall
of Fame in 1970.

In 1961, the athlete matched the then-national high school
record when he ran the 100-yard dash in 9.4 seconds. He also was a
star on Rochester's Franklin High School 1960 Class AA championship
basketball team.

Jackson attended Illinois on a football and track scholarship
and played in the 1964 Rose Bowl, helping the Illini beat
Washington. He played briefly with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles
and Washington Redskins as a receiver and kick returner.

Representing the Rochester Track Club at the 1964 Olympic
trials, he was the runner-up in the men's 100 meters to eventual
gold medalist Bob Hayes.

Considered a favorite to medal prior to the Olympic Games in
Tokyo, Jackson strained a hamstring in the semifinals and finished
last in the race.

After his NFL career, he returned to Rochester and taught and
coached at Franklin High School for 26 years, leading the school to
six Section V basketball titles.

"He always preached that education was the most important
thing," Pamela Jackson said. "Education opens up doors and you
can't be an athlete with a dinosaur brain."