MSU Football Senior Forgoes Senior Season to Join U.S. Air Force

MSU football hero, Jalen Watts-Jackson is set to forgo his last year of eligibility and join the U.S. Air Force.


Jalen Watts-Jackson cemented his status as a legend for Michigan State football on October 17th, 2015 when he scooped up a mishandled punt and dashed 38 yards down the sideline to score the winning touchdown. The MSU Spartans ended up beating the Michigan Wolverines 27-23, keeping the MSU Spartan College Playoff run alive.

Now, in 2018, Jalen Watts-Jackson will be joining a new team, the difference is he will not be fighting for his teammates on the gridiron, but fighting and protecting all of us back home.

In March, Watts-Jackson made the announcement informing the MSU football team and the school that he will be leaving the program, seeking a graduate transfer. Although Jalen has one more year of eligibility with the NCAA, he has ultimately made his decision to forgo his senior football season and join the U.S. military.

“I am going into the Air Force, I was raised that it is a good idea to serve your country. I have family members that have served this county including my dad. So I am excited to serve this nation.” Said Jalen Watts-Jackson

Jalen Watts-Jackson revealed in an interview last week that he plans on enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, with hopes in becoming an officer with a special focus on cyber systems operations and security.

“My goal is to overall be successful in something I love doing every day, and I feel like the Air Force would give me an opportunity to get a good career going for myself,” Watts-Jackson said.

Watts-Jackson said his decision to give up the game he loves “wasn’t easy at all,” but he will continue to live with “no regrets,” and is thankful for his time he got to play for the MSU Spartans.

Jalen Watts-Jackson, thank you for your decision to serve our country, stay safe!